This day in history

Today is Tuesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2013. There are 259 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is 86. Singer Bobby Vinton is 78. Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is 66. Ann Romney is 64. Patriots coach Bill Belichick is 61. Actress Ellen Barkin is 59.

In 1789, President-elect George Washington left Mount Vernon, Va., for his inauguration in New York.


In 1862, President Lincoln signed a bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia.

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In 1879, Bernadette Soubirous, who’d described seeing visions of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes, died in Nevers, France.

In 1917, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin returned to Russia after years of exile.

In 1945, US troops reached Nuremberg, Germany, during World War II.

In 1962, Bob Dylan debuted his song ‘‘Blowin’ in the Wind’’ at Gerde’s Folk City in New York.


In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his ‘‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’’ in which the civil rights activist responded to a group of local clergymen who had criticized him for leading street protests: ‘‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’’

In 2003, Michael Jordan played his last NBA game with the Washington Wizards, who lost to the Philadelphia 76ers, 107-87.

In 2007, in the deadliest shooting rampage in modern US history, student Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people on the campus of Virginia Tech before taking his own life.