Today in History - April 16

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The Monsanto Chemical plant presented this view of destruction from the air after fires, burning since April 16, subsided, April 20, 1947. (AP Photo)

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A general view of the baseball opener between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburg Pirates at Wrigley Field, April 16, 1929, Chicago, Ill. The Pirates are in the field and Kiki Cuyler, the Cubs right fielder, has just cracked out a single. (AP Photo)

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Aerial view of Texas City, Tex., April 16, 1947, after a French ship loaded with nitrate exploded in the harbor area, torching part of the city. (AP Photo/Carl E. Linde)

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A large crowd gathers around the school gymnasium in Texas City, Tex., April 17, 1947, as they wait their turns to go inside and view bodies of victims of the horrific explosion and fire that began April 16. (AP Photo)

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Seven-foot one-inch Kareem Abdul -Jabbar, competing for the UCLA freshman team, shown Feb. 23, 1966, stuffs two points as his team swamped a Southern California junior college team for one of its 17 consecutive victories. Abdul-Jabbar has reminded some of Wilt Chamberlain or Bill Russell as he averaged 33.7 points and controlled the rebounds. (AP Photo)

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Blacksburg police officers run from Norris Hall on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va., Monday, April 16, 2007. Multiple shootings occurred at the engineering building on Monday. A gunman opened fire in a Virginia Tech dorm and then, two hours later, in a classroom across campus Monday, killing at least 30 people. (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Matt Gentry) **MANDATORY CREDIT **

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Swat team members head to Norris Hall the site of a shooting on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., Monday, April 16, 2007. A gunman opened fire in a Virginia Tech dorm and then, two hours later, in a classroom across campus Monday, killing at least 30 people in the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history, government officials told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Dan Flynn, of Harrisonburg, Va., hugs his daughter Lauren, a freshman at Virginia Tech near Norris Hall the site of a shooting on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., Monday, April 16, 2007. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)

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Comedian Jerry Seinfeld shares a laugh with “Saturday Night Live” executive producer Lorne Michaels in New York on April 16, 1992, during rehearsal for the April 18 edition of SNL. (AP Photo/Susan Ragan)

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Security personnel patrol near Norris Hall the site a shooting on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., Monday, April 16, 2007. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)

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German actress Rosel Zech, portraying the title role in Calderon’s “The Grand Zenobia” as a three-faced monster whose kung-fu action keeps the stage alive with a dazzling display of skills. The play will open in Bochum’s Schauspielhaus (Theater), Germany on April 16, 1975. Argentine’s Augusto Fernandez is directing the play. No names available for those shown playing the supporting roles. (AP Photo)

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Funeral of Chiang Kai-shek on April 16, 1975 in Taipei. The coffin inside a float with white and yellow flowers in the shape of a church or chapel. Madame Chiang, not shown here, assisted by Chiang-kuo and Wei-kuo, walked behind the float. For five days, the casket lay in state at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. (AP Photo)

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Apollo 16 commander John W. Young, right, speaks to gathering at Ellington AFB near the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas on April 29, 1972, after the crew arrived home. On the stand with Young are, left to right: Mrs. Dorothy Duke, holding Tommy, 4; Lunar Module Pilot Charles M. Duke Jr.; Command Module Pilot Thomas K. Mattingly II; Mrs. Mattingly and Mrs. John Young. (AP Photo)

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Apollo 16 astronauts, from left wearing white suits, Thomas Mattingly, John Young and Charles Duke, pose for photographs by Navy Frogmen in rubber raft after leaving spaceship, left, in the Pacific Ocean on Thursday, April 27, 1972. The successful splashdown of their spacecraft was made precisely on time, within one mile of the recovery ship, USS Ticonderoga. (AP Photo)

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Soviet motor launch heads away from its other ship to locate and pick up pieces of material believed to be from the U.S. Navy plane reported missing in the Sea of Japan, April 16, 1969. (AP Photo)

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Construction at World Trade Center in New York City on April 16, 1968. (AP Photo/Robert Kradin)

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People use a section of the bridge's destroyed framework as a swimming hole in Hue, April 16, 1968. (AP Photo/Eddie Adams)

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Crowds gather on the dusty street in a replica of an Old West Texas town at Six Flag Over Texas to watch the “gunfight” between Judge Roy Bean and his men, (background) and the outlaws, April 16, 1965. The shootout was one of the many popular features of the park, which officially opened the 1965 season today. (AP Photo/Jim Bourdier)

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View through barbed wire into a lane formed by two lines of barracks of former Dachau concentration camp on April 16, 1965. (AP Photo)

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The famous composer Igor Stravinsky arrived in Hamburg, Germany on April 16, 1963 for a two week visit to attend the rehearsals for his composition “Deluge” (sintflut) at the Hamburg State Opera on April 30. Strawvnsky (foreground) with the General Manager of the Hamburg Opera, Rolf Liebermann, who came to Bremerhaven to receive the guest aboard the liner “Bremen”. He arrived with in West Germany. Right in picture is Mrs. Stravinsky. (AP Photo/Bought)

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Painters and other workmen put finishing touches to the new score board which has been installed behind the right field bleachers at Fenway Park in Boston, April 9, 1963, as they prepare for opening game. The Boston Red Sox will meet the Baltimore Orioles in Fenway opener on April 16. (AP Photo/Bill Chaplis)

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Stars of the Bolshoi Ballet from Moscow, Russia, step to the front of the stage to receive a standing ovation at the American premiere of Prokofiev's "Romeo And Juliet" at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, United States, on April 16, 1959. Yuri Zhdanov, center, in the role of Romeo, takes the bow with Galina Ulanova, right, still recognized as the world's foremost prima ballerina. The dancer at the left in the trio is unidentified. (AP Photo)

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Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro poses with his luncheon host, Acting Secretary of State Christian Herter on April 16, 1959 in a Washington Hotel. It was the first meeting between the two since the bearded Cuban leader arrived in Washington at night on an unofficial visit. (AP Photo)

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Film cameramen, electricians and technicians set up their equipment at San Francisco’s famed Fisherman’s Wharf as they prepare to shoot a scene in “Pal Joey”, April 16, 1957. The new movie will star Rita Hayworth, Kim Novak and Frank Sinatra. (AP Photo/Clarence Hamm)

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Lt. Joseph Leroy of San Diego, Cal., holds the mascot of the 35th fighter interceptor wing in Korea on April 16, 1951, in a F-51 mustang. Some air force men found the dog in Japan, named him admiration and the pup has flown all over Korea with his pilot pals. (AP Photo)

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These F-84 thunderjet pilots are jubilant after returning to base of 27th fighter escort group in Japan on April 16, 1951, after mission over Korea in which more than 30 enemy planes were hit. From left (won wing) are: Lt. Alton A. Pendleton, Hamilton, Tex.; and Harry B. Monsell, 1421 Coty, Shreveport, Va.; and (standing): Lt. Guy B. Razetto, 4157 Landis St., San Diego, Calif.; Capt. Floyd A. Murdock, 102 E. George Mason Rd., Falls Church, Va.; Capt. Wendal D. Oldham, Poala, Kas.; Capt. Claude D. Phillips, Sudan, Texas; Lt. Eldon R. Mathis, Rule, Texas; Capt. James I. Gillam, 1523 sixth St., Santa Monica, Calif.; and Capt. Lloyd C. Edwards, 6000 Woodview Rd., Austin, Texas. (AP Photo)

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Supai Indians, for whom the chapel is being built, unload the helicopter which has flown parts of the chapel into the mile-deep Havasupai Canyon in northern Arizona April 16, 1948. (AP Photo/Harold Filan)

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Mrs. Greta Appel tending a customer at her mobile hot dog stands at 12th Ave. and 48th St. in New York City, April 16, 1949. She works along 11th and 12th Ave between 42nd and 50th Sts. She has been in business only a week but has built up a thriving business. She stresses cleanliness in her work and each hot dog is served in a paper napkin. (AP Photo/Ed Ford)

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The last plane in the record airlift barely came to a stop in Berlin, April 16, 1949, when exultant mechanics quickly daubed on the fuselage the tonnage and flights, crudely but enthusiastically. (AP Photo/Remus)

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U.S. Marines move up in Okinawa, Japan on April 16, 1945. (AP Photo/Charles Gorry)

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U.S. Marines moving up to front lines in Ryukyu islands, Okinawa, Japan on April 16, 1945. (AP Photo/Charles Gorry)

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Japanese boat burns in Okinawa, Japan, April 16, 1945. (AP Photo/Charles Gorry)

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U.S. Marines move up in Okinawa, Japan on April 16, 1945. (AP Photo/Charles Gorry)

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An Army P-39 (Aircobra) loaded with a 500-lb bomb on Bougainville on April 16, 1944. (AP Photo/Frank Filan)

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Tojo, a dog adopted by five American soldiers, has all the conveniences of civilian life provided for him in the jungle in New Guinea on April 16, 1943. He is emerging from his air said shelter which is placed at a convenient distance from his home. He knows when to go into “Mutt Manor” and when to enter his air raid shelter. (AP Photo)

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Senators, Congressmen, Cabinet members, and the U.S. Supreme Court bench sit in the House of Representatives as they listen to President Truman (standing on rostrum) make his first address to Congress this afternoon, April 16, 1945. Behind the President are Sen. Kenneth McKellar (D-TN) pres pro-tem of the Senate, left; and Speaker of the House, Sam Rayburn (D-TX). (AP Photo/stf)

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General view of news photo desk with wire photo operators in action on April 16, 1943. Location unknown. (AP Photo)

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An army nurse in sheepskin jacket and galoshes directs loading of a wounded American soldier into an ambulance plane at an air base in Tunisia on April 16, 1943. Soldier’s helmet and knapsack are on stretcher with him. (AP Photo)

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The post office recently issued an appeal to its women workers to volunteer for motor mechanics? duties, replacing men in the Post Office transport shops and garages. Over a hundred have already started their new duties cleaning, lubricating, and general repair work. One of the new women motor mechanics lowering an engine into a chassis after overhauling, at a garage in London on April 16, 1942. (AP Photo)

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Axis artillery blankets this Tunisian road with a salvo, raising clouds of black smoke April 16, 1943. American army vehicle is parked in foreground. Telephone line is at left. (AP Photo)

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Air raid wardens pour a stream of water on a fire in a London building caused by a bomb dropped during the raid in London, April 16, 1941. The bomb blasted the building apart and caused a crater in the foundation. (AP Photo)

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A woman is helped from the ruins of building in London in April 1941 following eight-hour raid by Nazi bombers on April 16-17. (AP Photo)

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With a full day's work behind him, CBS News correspondent Walter Cronkite sits, in New York on Aug 29, 1963, while makeup is applied and lights are adjusted so he will appear fresh for his nightly TV broadcast on "CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite." (AP Photo/Robert Walsh)

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04/ File - (AP) - 307 Years for Train Robbery. A police van carrying the 12 men found guilty in connection with the Great Train Robbert of last August 8, driver from the Buckinghamshire Assizes in Aylesbury, today, April 16, after they had received jail sentences totalling 307 yeahrs. Seven of the men were handed 30-year terms. (AP-Photo) 16.4.1964

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A jubilant Bibby Hull of the Chicago Black Hawks turns to shout at a fan as the audience began a countdown near end of game, April 16, 1961 in Detroit, Michigan. Chicago won 5-1 over the Detroit Red Wings to clinch the Stanley Cup championship. At right is Eric Nesterenko. (AP Photo)

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Bobby Hull (16) and Jack Evans (5) of the Chicago Black Hawks pose with the Stanley Cup trophy in the dressing room after the Hawks defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-1 in Detroit, Mich., on Sunday, April 16, 1961. The Black Hawks win their first Stanley Cup title in 23 years. (AP Photo)

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Goalkeeper Bill Brown of the Tottenham Hotspurs is not in the game for kicks but he almost got one from his teammate, Maurice Norman, during soccer match against Manchester City in London, April 16, 1960. Manchester City won, 1-0, to drop Hotspurs team into three-way tie with Wolverhampton and Burnley for the lead in the English soccer's first division. Behind Norman is Manchester's Joe Hayes. (AP Photo)

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Team captain Ted Lindsay of the Detroit Red Wings hugs the Stanley Cup after his team defeated Montreal Canadiens, 4-3, in a sudden death extra period to win the Stanley Cup finals in Detroit, Mich., April 16, 1954. (AP Photo)

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Dr. Bruno Rossi, world-famed physicist in charge of cosmic ray air shower measurement at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, gives a blackboard explanation April 16, 1957 of how he has measured an atomic shower estimated to have hit the earth's atmosphere with energy of 10 billion billion electron volts. The plastic disk is similar to 11 such disks spread over a 50-acre site at Harvard University's. Agassiz observatory in Harvard. Mass. the disks emit little splashes of light when hit by electron showers and the splashes are tabulated electronically. The size of the atomic shower may indicate that it originated outside our galaxy of which the solar system is but a tiny part. (AP Photo).

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Italian actress Anna Magnani, center, visits American soprano Leontyne Price, right, and LeVern Hutcherson, who are starring in the opera "Porgy and Bess," at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York, April 16, 1953. (AP Photo/Matty Zimmerman)

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State Trooper Walter Krechkowski, crewman on one of New Jersey's three new civil defense rescue service trucks known as "Calamity Janes," models his gear in West Trenton, N.J., April 16, 1953. The paraphernalia includes: helmet, all purpose mask, coveralls, light rubber boots, first-aid pouch belt worn across his back, floodlight, rope coil, 6-foot steel pry-bar and walkie-talkie radio unit (on ground right). Krechkowski and five other State Police are training for heavy-duty rescue work with the 22,000-pound trucks which are equipped with more than 300 items of rescue gear. The trucks, now at State Police headquarters in West Trenton, N.J., will eventually be stationed at various strategic points in the state. Krechkowski and his buddies will then serve as instructors for other members of the police force. (AP Photo/Bill Ingraham)

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Cpl. Danny Orr, of Scranton, Pa., second Division infantryman, uses a cauldron over an open fire to heat bath on April 16, 1951 during a lull in the fighting on the Korean warfront. (AP Photo)

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Joe Louis Jr., sporting a fancy cowboy outfit, is the four-year-old son of the champion boxer Joe Louis. Young Joe tries on gloves used by Rocky Grazino, standing at left, after his workout at Midwest Gym in Chicago, Ill., April 5, 1952. His dad, former heavyweight campion Joe Louis, center, looks on. Graziano is training for his April 16 scheduled bout at Chicago Stadium with Middleweight champion Sugar Ray Robinson for the title. (AP Photo)

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Gen. Douglas MacArthur and his wife, Jean, stand in the door of the Bataan to wave farewell to the crowd on hand to see them off at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan, April 16, 1951. Gen. MacArthur was dismissed from his post as commander in the Far East and as Supreme Commander of the U.N. forces in Korea. On the steps below them is Lt. Col. Tony Story, Gen. MacArthur's aide and personal pilot. (AP Photo)HC00408

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The Monsanto Chemical Company is now rebuilding its plant and expects to resume operation in early summer. Photo taken April 6, 1948. The site was destroyed due to fire and explosion which occured April 16, 1947. (AP Photo)

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Refineries and oil storage tanks at the Monsanto Chemical Company burn in the waterfront area in Texas City, Texas, on April 16, 1947. (AP Photo)

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U.S. Coast Guard cutter Iris assists in fighting fire at the Monsanto Chemical Company refineries and oil storage tanks that exploded in the waterfront area in Texas City, Texas, on April 16, 1947. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)

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Dom DiMaggio, Red Sox centerfielder, fouls the second pitched ball in season opener between Sox and Washington Senators in Washington, April 16, 1946. (AP Photo/Henry Griffin)

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Emperor Hirohito and his empress read the newspapers and listen to the radio at their summer palace at Hayama, Japan on April 16, 1946, for results of the Japanese election. The Japanese constitution denies a vote to the royal couple. (AP Photo/Charles P. Gorry)

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Nearco, the highest priced racehorse ever sold (?65,000), has a bomb-proof shelter at this town near Newmarket, Cheveley, England on April 16, 1944. The shelter has air conditioning, electric lighting, and is roofed with 4 ft. of reinforced concrete surmounted by several feet of earth. Here, Nearco is shown being led out of his shelter. (AP Photo)

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The Japanese air strip on Woleai Island was rendered useless by Pacific fleet dive bombers on March 29-30. Japanese planes were demolished and installations, going up in smoke, destroyed. Japanese -held base is located between Truk and Palau on April 16, 1944. (AP Photo)

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These 50-ton tanks of the last war at Fort George Meade in America all lined up ready for the scrap heap in Maryland on April 16, 1942. They are to provide tons of valuable metal with which to fight this war. (AP Photo)

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The U.S. troops attached to the first army, in their push along the Fafsa-Gabes road in Tunisia, April 16, 1944 met elements of the Eighth Army. They were responsible for the capture of 3,000 axis prisoners as well as a large number of guns and other equipment. Some of the hundreds of prisoners taken by the American during their push. (AP Photo)

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Royal Air Force flyers discussing the merits of a captured German aerial machine-gun, April 16, 1940. In two aerial battles near the Western Front, R.A.F. pilots were said to have brought down one Messerschmitt 109 in flames and one Messerschmitt was said to have been going down with engineers ablaze. The squadron concerned in these battles is credited with nine enemy aircraft and two not verified. (AP Photo)

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A Battalion of the Middlesex regiment, at present in the forward area of the British Expeditionary Force Machine-gun post with dugout in background on April 16, 1940. (AP Photo)

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Seabiscuit leads to victory over Gosum in the $15,000 Bay Meadows Handicap in San Mateo, Ca. on April 16, 1938. Seabiscuit set a new track record with 1:49. (AP Photo)

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Automobile manufacturer Henry Ford, left, stands with aviation pioneer Orville Wright in front of the bicycle shop in which Wright and his brother, the late Wilbur Wright, constructed the first flying machine, on April 16, 1938, in Detroit, Michigan. Ford shipped the Wright brothers' home and shop from Dayton, Ohio, to Detroit, where the building was reconstructed and formally dedicated. (AP Photo)

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Mary Garden, standing, who has become an operatic adviser for M-G-M studios in Hollywood discovered she and Marion Talley, at piano, were living at the same hotel and paid a friendly call, April 16, 1936. "Such a tiny figure," exclaimed Miss Garden. "How cunning!" Miss Talley, meeting rigid requirements of the movies, has reduced her weight some 30 pounds. (AP Photo)

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The dedication ceremony of a monument to engine pioneer Carl Benz, in Mannheim, Germany, on April 16, 1933. (AP Photo)

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Two women stand near Stove Pipe Wells in the vast sand dunes of Death Valley, California, USA around April 16, 1930. (AP Photo)

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A group of lepers gather to talk in their colony, near Valcov, Bessarabia, April 16, 1928. Most of the inhabitants are over seventy years of age. (AP Photo)

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This picture of Otto Sanhuber, April 16, 1930, was taken shortly after he admitted to authorities that he was the mystery slayer of Fred Oesterreich, wealthy Los Angeles manufacturer, whose death had remained a puzzle for eight years. Sanhuber told a tale of a life in a secret garrett of the Oesterreich home, where he was kept by the victim's wife, Dolly. During a quarrel between husband and wife, Sanhuber says he slipped out of the attic, shot Fred Oesterreich and locked the wife in the closet, returning to his hiding place. (AP Photo)

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