Archive for April 16th, 2008

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On This Day, 4-16-08: LSD

Hallucinogenic effects of LSD discovered

In Basel, Switzerland, Albert Hoffman, a Swiss chemist working at the Sandoz pharmaceutical research laboratory, accidentally consumes LSD-25, a synthetic drug he had created in 1938 as part of his research into the medicinal value of lysergic acid compounds. After taking the drug, formally known as lysergic acid diethylamide, Dr. Hoffman was disturbed by unusual sensations and hallucinations.

“Hallucinogenic effects of LSD discovered.” 2008. The History Channel website. 16 Apr 2008, 11:06 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history.do?action=Article&id=4924.

0069 – Otho committed suicide after being defeated by Vitellius’ troops at Bedriacum.

1065 – The Norman, Robert Guiscard, took Bari. Five centuries of Byzantine rule in southern Italy ended.

1705 – Queen Anne of England knighted Isaac Newton.

1818 – The U.S. Senate ratified Rush-Bagot amendment to form an unarmed U.S.-Canada border.

1862 – Confederate President Jefferson Davis approved conscription act for white males between 18 and 35.

1912 – Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel.

1917 – Vladimir Ilyich Lenin returned to Russia to start Bolshevik Revolution after years of exile.

Lenin returns

On April 16, 1917, Vladimir Lenin, leader of the revolutionary Bolshevik Party, returns to Petrograd after a decade of exile to take the reins of the Russian Revolution. One month before, Czar Nicholas II had been forced from power when Russian army troops joined a workers’ revolt in Petrograd, the Russian capital.

“Lenin returns.” 2008. The History Channel website. 16 Apr 2008, 11:10 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history.do?action=Article&id=6869.

1922 – The Soviet Union and Germany signed the Treaty of Rapallo under which Germany recognized the Soviet Union and diplomatic and trade relations were restored.

1942 – The Island of Malta was awarded the George Cross in recognition for heroism under constant German air attack.

1944 – The destroyer USS Laffey survived immense damage from attacks by 22 Japanese aircraft off Okinawa.

1945 – American troops entered Nuremberg, Germany.

1947 – The Zoomar lens, invented by Dr. Frank Back, was demonstrated in New York City. It was the first lens to exhibit zooming effects.

1947 – In Texas City, TX, the French ship Grandcamp, carrying ammonium nitrate fertilizer, caught fire and blew up. The explosions and resulting fires killed 576 people.

1962 – Walter Cronkite began anchoring “The CBS Evening News”.

1968 – The Pentagon announced that troops would begin coming home from Vietnam.

1972 – Apollo 16 blasted off on a voyage to the moon. It was the fifth manned moon landing.

1975 – The Khmer Rouge Rebels won control of Cambodia after a five years of civil war. They renamed the country Kampuchea and began a reign of terror.

1977 – The ban on women attending West Point was lifted.

1982 – Queen Elizabeth proclaimed Canada’s new constitution in effect. The act severed the last colonial links with Britain.

1999 – Wayne Gretzky announced his retirement from the National Hockey League (NHL).

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