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1993 Apr 16
In Israel 20 soldiers and civilians were injured in Hamas's first suicide attack against Israelis. Shahar al-Nabulsi, detonated a car, rigged by bombmaker Yahya Ayyash, between two buses at Mehola Junction. The blast killed al-Nabulsi and a Palestinian who worked in the rest area.
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1993 Apr 16
A Bosnian army unit massacred 16 Croatian civilians and at least 4 disarmed soldiers in the village of Trusina.
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1994 Apr 16
Bosnian Serbs downed a British Sea Harrier jet near Gorazde; the pilot ejected and was rescued by Bosnian government troops.
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1994 Apr 16
Ralph Ellison (b.1914), author of "Invisible Man" (1952), died in NYC of pancreatic cancer at age 80. His unfinished novel "Juneteenth" was published in 1999. His books also included "Living With Music." In 2002 Lawrence Jackson authored "Ralph Ellison: Emergence of Genius." In 2007 Arnold Rampersad authored “Ralph Ellison.”
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1994 Apr 16
1994 Apr 17
In Rwanda at least 4,500 Tutsi, including women and children, were slaughtered in the Kibuye Stadium. About 12,000 Tutsi were murdered at Kibuye’s church, in the stadium, and in the surrounding countryside.
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1995 Apr 16
In his Easter Sunday message, Pope John Paul II sent a message of peace to victims of unrest, including the Palestinians and Kurds.
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1995 Apr 16
Cleo Brown (b.1909), boogie pianist, died in Denver, Colorado.
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1996 Apr 16
Khmer Rouge guerillas attacked a group of tourists near Kompot, 85 miles southwest of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Reports have it that they killed and wounded a number of people and kidnapped about 20.
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1996 Apr 16
Moscow said 70 of its soldiers were killed in a rebel ambush in Chechnya.
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1996 Apr 16
Guerillas attacked a military convoy in Colombia. They killed 31 soldiers and wounded 18 near the border of Ecuador outside the town of Pueres. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the largest and oldest rebel group (12,000 men) having fought for 34 years, were believed to be responsible.
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1996 Apr 16
President Clinton and his wife, Hillary, arrived in Japan for a three-day visit after a brief stopover in South Korea.
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1996 Apr 16
Oprah Winfrey hosted her evening show and included a segment on mad cow disease. A group of Texas cattle ranchers later sued her for her comments. The case was initially a test of the state’s 1995 "veggie libel" law that protected perishable food products from false and defamatory statements, but was ruled to proceed as a common-law business defamation case. Texas jury selection in the trial of Oprah began Jan 20 and she was acquitted by the jury on Feb 26, 1998.
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1996 Apr 16
Britain's Prince Andrew and his wife, Sarah, the Duchess of York, announced they were in the process of getting a divorce.
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1996 Apr 16
In Trinidad an American was shot and killed in the Toco area of Port of Spain.
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1996 Apr 16
Anatoly Onoprienko was arrested in western Ukraine. He later admitted to the murder of some 52 people in a serial killing spree from 1989 to 1996 that first came to attention in 1995. He went on trial in 1998. In 1999 the former sailor was sentenced to death.
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1997 Apr 16
African leaders of 7 nations eased their embargo on Burundi to alleviate local suffering.
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1997 Apr 16
Police in Israel recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for breach of trust in an influence-trading scandal. Prosecutors later decided not to pursue charges against Netanyahu, citing a lack of proof.
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1997 Apr 16
In Portugal gunmen burst into the Mea Culpa topless bar in Amarante and set it on fire killing 12 people.
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1998 Apr 16
A Russian army convoy was ambushed near the Chechnya border. A general, 2 colonels and 3 soldiers were killed and Chechen militants were blamed.
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1998 Apr 16
Paula Jones announced she would ask an appeals court to reinstate her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton after it was thrown out by a federal judge.
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1998 Apr 16
Tornadoes claimed 11 lives in Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky.
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1999 Apr 16
It was reported that Albanian bandits were victimizing refugees and had robbed border monitors and foreign journalists at gunpoint.
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1999 Apr 16
Thousands of refugees poured out of Kosovo as NATO blasted oil refineries, military barracks and airports around Yugoslavia. At least 5,000 refugees crossed into Macedonia, and 8,000 into Albania. Some 100,000 were believed to be enroute to Macedonia.
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1999 Apr 16
Wayne Gretzky, hockey star of the New York Rangers, announced his retirement.
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1999 Apr 16
President Clinton defended NATO airstrikes against Serbian targets during visits to Michigan and Massachusetts, saying U.S. involvement in Kosovo was a moral imperative.
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1999 Apr 16
In Algeria protests broke out in Algiers, Tizi Ouzou and Bejaia over the elections. Abdelmalek Sellal, the Interior Minister, said Bouteflika received over 7.4 million votes, 70% of the 10.5 million votes cast. Sellal said 60% of the eligible voters cast ballots, but others said the turnout was under 25%.
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1999 Apr 16
NATO troops began to pull out of refugee camps in Macedonia. Management of the camps was turned over to Macedonian NGOs supervised by the UNHCR. Refugees were reported to be in fear of the Macedonian police.
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1999 Apr 16
In Sierra Leone rebel troops fled Songo and killed over 100 men, women and children as the ECOMOG West African and loyalist militia entered the town.
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2000 Apr 16
In Washington DC police blocked some 10,000 protesters from disrupting the meetings of the World Bank and the IMF. Finance ministers and central bankers issued a statement that pledged to seek greater debt relief for the poorest countries and to reform the IMF to prevent future financial crises.
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2000 Apr 16
The rest of the winners of the Goldman Environmental Prize were announced: Nat Quansah (46), an ethnobotonist in Madagascar; Oscar Rivas (45) and Elias Diaz (54) of Paraguay for their work in defeating government plans to reconfigure the Paraguay and Parana rivers for shipping at environmental expense; Vera Mischenko (47) for environmental legal work in Russia; Oral Ataniyazova (43), for founding a clinic and fighting pesticide contamination in Karakalpakstan, an autonomous region of Uzbekistan; and Alexander Peal (55), for environmental work and founding a national park in Liberia.
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2000 Apr 16
In the Philippines at least 4 people were killed when gunmen threw a grenade at police near a crowded church following a mall robbery.
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2000 Apr 16
In Portugal 7 people were killed in a stampede at the Luanda nightclub in Lisbon after canisters thought to contain pepper gas were released.
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2001 Apr 16
In Colombia’s Arauca state a leftist rebel group seized some 100 contract employees of a US oil firm. All the workers were later released.
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2001 Apr 16
The Oregonian of Portland won two Pulitzer Prizes, including public service for its examination of widespread abuses by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. In breaking news reporting, The Miami Herald won for its coverage of the pre-dawn raid by federal agents who took custody of Elian Gonzalez; the story also produced the breaking news photography award for Alan Diaz of The Associated Press. Michael Chabon won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay"; David Auburn won for his play "Proof."
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2001 Apr 16
Lee Bong-ju of South Korea won the 105th Boston Marathon in 2:09:43. Catherine Ndereba of Kenya won the women's race in 2:23:53 for the second consecutive year.
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2001 Apr 16
In Afghanistan Mullah Mohammed Rabbani, the 2nd most powerful man of the Taliban militia, died of cancer.
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2001 Apr 16
In Colombia a leftist rebel group seized some 100 contract employees of a US oil firm. All the workers were later released.
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2001 Apr 16
Iran and Saudi Arabia signed a pact to fight terrorism and drug trafficking.
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2001 Apr 16
Israeli warplanes struck deep in Lebanon and attacked a Syrian radar site. 3 Syrians were killed. In the evening Israeli helicopters hit Palestinian positions in Gaza in retaliation for a mortar attack on an Israeli town. Bulldozers were sent to tear up farmland near Beit Hanoun, the suspected source of the mortar fire.
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2001 Apr 16
In Russia Gazprom closed down Sevodnya, the independent daily newspaper of Vladimir Gusinsky, as well as his weekly magazine.
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2002 Apr 16
The US Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional a ban on simulated depictions of child sex. The Court overturned 2 major provisions of the 1996 Child Pornography Prevention Act, saying the government went too far in trying to ban "virtual" child pornography.
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2002 Apr 16
Paul Georges (77), American artist, died in Normandy, France. His work included "Diana and Actaeon" (1987-1988).
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2002 Apr 16
Actor Robert Urich (55) died in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
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2002 Apr 16
The Dutch government resigned in response to a damning report on the 1995 slaying of over 7,000 Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica, who were under the ostensible protection of Dutch troops.
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2002 Apr 16
In Italy millions of workers staged the biggest strike in decades to protest government plans to make it easier to fire workers.
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2003 Apr 16
NATO agreed to take command of the UN peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan. The NATO stabilization force soon started in Kabul and then spread across the country.
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2003 Apr 16
In Afghanistan Romanian troops found a large stash of weapons. Two caves there were stuffed with thousands of rockets and more than 1.25 million rounds of ammunition.
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2003 Apr 16
In Jahangir, Brazil, 4 young men were killed by police in the Borel shantytown on Rio's poor north side. The community was unanimous that they were not gang members and had no involvement in crime. More than 800 civilians died from police bullets in Rio during the first eight months of this year. In 2006 Capt. Marcos Duarte Ramalho was the third police officer to stand trial and the first to be convicted in connection with the killings. Two more officers awaited trial for the killings.
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2003 Apr 16
US, Chinese and North Korean officials announced talks in Beijing to try to resolve standoff over North's nuclear program.
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2003 Apr 16
SARS deaths totaled some 154 with at least 3,412 affected in 22 countries. A World Health Organization team disclosed that there were unreported cases of the SARS virus in Beijing's military hospitals and that investigators have been barred from releasing details.
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2003 Apr 16
Greek Cypriots signed a treaty to join the European Union.
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2003 Apr 16
During a visit to a fighter jet factory in St. Louis, President Bush called for lifting economic sanctions against Iraq as commanders of both the U.S. military and the reconstruction effort prepared to move into the country.
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2003 Apr 16
The Bush administration lowered the terror alert level from orange to yellow.
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2003 Apr 16
Michael Jordan played his last NBA game with the Washington Wizards, who lost to the Philadelphia 76ers, 107-87.
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2003 Apr 16
In the 29th day of Operation Iraqi Freedom Shooting in Mosul killed three people and wounded at least 11 and some Iraqis blamed US troops. War casualties totaled 121 US soldiers with 16 from friendly fire; 31 British troops with at least 4 from friendly fire; at least 3,160 Iraqi soldiers dead along with over 1,250 Iraqi civilians.
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2003 Apr 16
Colorado Republican Gov. Bill Owens signed a law that established the 1st state school voucher program.
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2003 Apr 16
Leaders of 25 European nations gathered in Athens to sign treaties sweeping away the 20th century's Iron Curtain divide. The 10 new EU members will formally join May 1, 2004 following ratification of treaties.
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2003 Apr 16
Scientists announced that the US military sprayed roughly 1.8 million more gallons of dioxin-containing herbicides like Agent Orange in Vietnam (1961-1971) then had been previously estimated. 3,181 villages were sprayed directly with herbicides. "At least 2.1 million but perhaps as many as 4.8 million people would have been present during the spraying."
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2004 Apr 16
In Afghanistan suspected Taliban rebels fired rockets and machine-guns at a checkpoint in a remote southwestern region, killing 8 Afghan soldiers in a night time attack.
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2004 Apr 16
In Recife, Brazil, thousands of militant farmers converged to press the government for speedier land reform.
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