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Today In History - April 20
John W. Young on the Moon during Apollo 16 mission. Charles M. Duke Jr. took this picture. The LM Orion is on the left.
John W. Young on the Moon during Apollo 16 mission. Charles M. Duke Jr. took this picture. The LM Orion is on the left.
From left to right: Thomas K. Mattingly II, Command Module pilot; John W. Young, Commander; and Charles M. Duke Jr., Lunar Module pilot.(Public Domain Photos)
From left to right: Thomas K. Mattingly II, Command Module pilot; John W. Young, Commander; and Charles M. Duke Jr., Lunar Module pilot.

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Apollo 16 was the tenth manned mission in the United States Apollo space program, the fifth and penultimate to land on the Moon and the first to land in the lunar highlands. The second of the so-called "J missions," it was crewed by Commander John Young, Lunar Module Pilot Charles Duke and Command Module Pilot Ken Mattingly. Launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 12:54 PM EST on April 16, 1972, the mission lasted 11 days, 1 hour, and 51 minutes, and concluded at 2:45 PM EST on April 27.

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Today in History in 1611 was the first known performance of Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth at the Globe Theatre in London; in 1862 Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard completed the first pasteurization test; and in 1972 Apollo 16’s Young and Duke land on the Moon with the Boeing Lunar Rover #2.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1611 - First known performance of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth at the Globe Theatre, London recorded by Simon Forman
  • 1736 - French mathematician Pierre Louis Maupertuis begins his expedition to Lapland to measure a degree of latitude and prove the shape of the earth, he is joined by fellow scientists Anders Celsius, Charles Etienne Louis Camus, Alexis Claude Clairaut, and Pierre-Charles Le Monnier
  • 1759 - George Frederic Handel is buried in Westminster Abbey, London
  • 1862 - The first pasteurization test completed by Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard.
  • 1902 - Marie & Pierre Curie isolate the radioactive element radium chloride
  • 1918 - Manfred von Richthofen, aka The Red Baron, shoots down his 79th and 80th victims marking his final victories before his death the following day.
  • 1920 - Balfour Declaration recognized, makes Palestine a British Mandate
  • 1968 - English politician Enoch Powell makes his controversial "Rivers of Blood" speech.
  • 1972 - Apollo 16's Young & Duke land on Moon with Boeing Lunar Rover #2
  • 1974 - 'The Troubles', a period of conflict in Northern Ireland involving republican and loyalist paramilitaries, the British security forces, and civil rights groups. claims its 1000th victim
  • 1980 - Climax of Berber Spring in Algeria as hundreds of Berber political activists are arrested.
  • 1986 - Michael Jordan sets NBA playoff record with 63 points in a game
  • 1999 - Columbine High School massacre: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and injure 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School located in Jefferson County, Colorado.
  • 2008 - Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300 becoming the first female driver in history to win an Indy car race.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1889 - Adolf Hitler, Braunau, Austria, Austrian-born German dictator and Führer of Nazi Germany (1936-45)
  • 1940 - George Takei, actor (Sulu-Star Trek, Green Berets), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1941 - Ryan O'Neal, actor (Love Story, Paper Moon)
  • 1972 - Carmen Electra [Tara Leigh Patrick], Sharonville, Ohio, American model and actress (Scary Movie, Meet the Spartans)

Famous Weddings

  • 1914 - Poet and critic Ezra Pound (28) weds Dorothy Shakespear
  • 1968 - The Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein (24) weds fellow reporter Carol Honsa
  • 2002 - MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski (62) weds Nancy Benson
  • 2002 - MLB player Mark McGwire (38) weds Stephanie Slemer (26) in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2007 - Indian film actor and producer Abhishek Bachchan (31) weds actress Aishwarya Rai (33) at the Bachchan residence in Juhu, Mumbai

Famous Divorces

  • 2006 - Actor-writer Charlie Shanian (39) divorces former Beverly Hills, 90210 actress Tori Spelling (32) only 15 months after their lavish $1-million wedding

Famous Deaths

  • 1812 - George Clinton, 4th US VP, dies at 73 1st VP to, die in office
  • 1912 - Bram Stoker, Irish theater manager/writer (Dracula), dies at 64
  • 1999 - Victims and shooters of the Columbine High School massacre
  • 2010 - Dorothy Height, American civil rights activist, dies at 98

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