CMN Almanac

Today is Monday, April 16th, the 106th day of the year.  There are 259

days remaining until the end of the year.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES National Autism Awareness Month,

National Child Abuse Prevention Month, National Humor Month, Lawn

and Garden Month, International Guitar Month, National Pecan Month,

Stress Awareness Month, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, National

Poetry Month, Organize Your Files Week, National Librarian Day,

National Stress Awareness Day, Emancipation Day (Wash., D.C.)

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Martin Lawrence

Martin Lawrence

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 71, basketball legend

Martin Lawrence, 53, comedian

Walt Williams, 48, basketball player

Akon, 45, singer

Keon Clark, 43, basketball player

Jonathan Vilma, 37, football player

Boris Diaw, 36, basketball player

Pigmeat Markham

Pigmeat Markham

Luol Deng, 33, basketball player

Chance The Rapper, 25, rapper

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Pigmeat Markham, 102, comedian (d. 1981)

Dick “Night Train” Lane, 91, football player (d. 2002)

Roy Hamilton, 89, singer (d. 1969)

Ed Townsend, 89, songwriter/producer (d. 2003)

DEATHS

Ralph Ellison, 1994, author (b. 1913)

Ralph Ellison

Ralph Ellison

Victims in the Va. Tech Massacre, 2007

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY

1724 – 1st Easter observed.

1862 – The District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act, a

bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia, becomes law.

1869 – Ebenezer Bassett, 1st Black U.S. diplomat, begins service in

Haiti.

1963 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. pens his “Letter From A Birmingham

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Jail” while incarcerated in Birmingham, Alabama for protesting

against segregation.

1965 – Major General B.O. Davis Jr. becomes Lt. General, highest

rank held by a Black in the U.S. Armed Forces.

1977 – Alex Haley finds his “Roots” in Juffure, Gambia.

1980 – Arthur Ashe retires from professional tennis.

1987 – August Wilson’s “Fences” wins the Pulitzer Prize for drama.

1993 – Jury reaches guilty verdict in Federal case against police

Alex Haley

Alex Haley

officer who beat Rodney King, but the verdict is not read until

April 17th.

2003 – Michael Jordan plays his last NBA game.

2007 – Virginia Tech massacre: the deadliest mass shooting in

modern American history.  The gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, kills

32 people and injures 23 others before committing suicide.

HOROSCOPE

Being an Aries born on April 16th, your optimism and generosity are amongst your most defining qualities. You are definitely a people person, which is assisted by your ability to see the best in everyone you meet. This same positive attitude can be witnessed in all aspects of your life, as you can always see the “silver lining” in the most seemingly bleak situations. Your friends and family often marvel at your optimism, but it may be your generosity that they appreciate the most. You are a natural giver and would do just about anything to help a loved one in need.

 

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