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A thought for the day

A thought for the day: Each one of us has a fire in our heart for something. It's our goal in life to find it and keep it lit. -- Mary Lou Retton

Other Notable Events for April 16

On this date in history:

In 1862, the U.S. Congress abolished slavery in the District of Columbia.

In 1947, a fire aboard the French freighter Grandcamp in the Texas City, Texas, port on Galveston Bay ignited ammonium nitrate...

Notable Birthdays for April 16

- aviation pioneer Wilbur Wright in 1867
- movie legend Charlie Chaplin in 1889
- British actor Peter Ustinov in 1921
- writer Kingsley Amis in 1922
- composer/conductor Henry Mancini in 1924
- Pope Emeritus Benedict ...

Astronomy

Today is Wednesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2014 with 259 to follow.

The moon is waning. The morning stars are Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus. The evening stars are Jupiter and Mars.

Other Notable Events for April 15

On this date in history:

In 1817, the first U.S. public school for the deaf, Connecticut Asylum for the Education and Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons (now the American School for the Deaf), was founded at Hartford, Conn.

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