Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Apr 16


1912 – Harriet Quimby, the first American woman to gain a pilot’s licence, became the first female to fly a plane across the Channel from England to France.

1941 – In World War Two, German troops entered Sarajevo in Yugoslavia and destroyed the main synagogue.

1951 – The British submarine Affray sank in the English Channel with the loss of 75 lives.

1982 – Queen Elizabeth proclaimed Canada’s new constitution, severing its last colonial links with Britain.

1992 – The Italian financier Carlo De Benedetti and 32 other people were convicted of fraud in connection with the 1982 collapse of Banco Ambrosiano.

1996 – An Italian court found former Prime Minister Bettino Craxi guilty of corruption and sentenced him to eight years and three months in prison.

2002 – Trade unions brought much of Italy to a halt as they staged their first full-day general strike in 20 years to protest against government labour reforms.

2002 – The Dutch cabinet resigned en masse over an official report condemning the Netherlands’ failure to prevent the Srebrenica massacre, the worst atrocity of the Bosnian war.

2005 – Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf arrived in India for a weekend of prayers, peace talks and cricket, his first visit since a disastrous summit in 2001.

2012 – Trial begins for Norwegian gunman Anders Behring Breivik, following 2011 Norway attacks in Oslo and island of Utoya.

2015 – World’s biggest newspaper advertising insert is published, showing and Audi A3 car.