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16th of April

The 16th of April is known as World Voice Day a celebration of the power and uniqueness of people’s voices created by American and European otolaryngologists. The 16th of April is known as National Police Day in Armenia while in Bulgaria it is National Lawyer’s Day. The 16th of April is the 106th day of the year (Gregorian calendar) or 107th in a leap year.







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On the 16th of April 1972


Apollo 16 was launched from Cape Canaveral at 12:54am local time (American Eastern Standard Time). Apollo 16 was the penultimate US mission to land on the moon. The three manned crew were Commander John W. Young, Command Module Pilot Thomas K. Mattingly II and Luna Module Pilot Charles M. Duke Jr. On the 20th of April 1972 Young and Duke descended to the surface of our moon while Mattingly remained in the command module in Luna orbit. Young and Duke remained on the moon for 71 hours, where they collected samples and conducted experiments before returning to the command module. They returned to earth splashing into the Pacific Ocean on the 27th of April.



On the 16th of April 1917


Vladimir Lenin returned to Russia after his exile, for advocating socialism, imposed by Tsar Nicholas II. The Russian people had had enough of the growing poverty, governmental corruption and tremendous loss of life for Russia in World War I, which all happened under Tsarist Rule. On the 8th of March 1917 in the Capital of Petrograd (now St. Petersburg) more than 90,000 protesters clashed with police and remained on the streets. The protesters would not leave despite being attacked by the army on the 11th of March and many being killed the protestors resolve didn’t waver. Later that day 150,000 soldiers joined the protestors and on the 14th all Russian Soldiers in the capital had been ordered not to harm the civilians. On the 15th of March Nicholas II abdicated, giving the throne to his brother Michael. Michael refused the crown and Tsar Rule in Russia was ended after hundreds of years. This was the first part of the Russian revolution over and on this day in 1917 (or on the 3rd of April using the old Julian calendar) Lenin returned to Russia at the height of celebration for the defeat of the Tsar. With revolution in the air, and Lenin, Zinoviev, Trotsky and other Bolsheviks (a division of the Russian Social-Democratic Workers’ Party (RSDWP) that advocate militarism) would rally the Russian people together and initiate phase two (the ‘Red October Revolution’) which would bring Socialism to Russia. Lenin would become the Leader of the Communist Party in Russia until his death on the 21st of January 1924 when he died of a brain haemorrhage at the age of 54. Joseph Stalin would take over as the next leader of the Russian Communist Party.