MILESTONES: April 16, birthdays for Pope Benedict, Tracy K. Smith, Sadie Sink
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Pope Benedict XVI, who was born in 1927;
“Roses are Red” singer Bobby Vinton, who was born in 1935; Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who was born in 1947; New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who was born in 1952; “Futurama” star Billy West, who was born in 1952; “Sea of Love” star Ellen Barkin, who was born in 1954; former San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who was born in 1955; Soul Asylum founder Dave Pirner, who was born in 1964; “Pretty in Pink” star Jon Cryer, who was born in 1965; “Bad Boys” star Martin Lawrence, who was born in 1965; U.S. poet laureate (2017-19) and former Brooklynite Tracy K. Smith, who was born in 1972; Broadway star Kelli O’Hara, who was born in 1976; and “Stranger Things” star Sadie Sink, who was born in 2002.
A NEW BEGINNING: Slavery was abolished in the District of Columbia on this day in 1862. Congress appropriated $1 million to compensate owners of freed slaves, and $100,000 was set aside to pay district slaves who wished to emigrate to Haiti, Liberia or any other country outside the U.S.
MANY MOONS AGO: Apollo 16 was launched on this day in 1972. Astronauts John W. Young, Charles M. Duke, Jr., and Thomas K. Mattingly left on an 11-day mission that included a 71-hour exploration of the moon. They returned on April 27, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“I confess that in 1901 I said to my brother Orville that man would not fly for fifty years.”
— aviation pioneer Wilbur Wright, who was born on this day in 1867
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