On this day: April 16

POSTED: 09:35 AM PDT Apr 15, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Apr 15, 2016 

LSD's creator drops acid (accidentally) for the first time, Martin Luther King writes his "Letter from Birmingham Jail," The Rolling Stones release their debut album, and tragedy strikes Virginia Tech, all on this day.

OTD April 16 - Charlie Chaplin
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1889: Actor and film director Charlie Chaplin, the silent film star who became one of the world's biggest celebrities before World War I, is born in London, England. He became a worldwide icon through his screen persona "The Tramp" and is considered one of the most important figures of the film industry. Chaplin, who wrote, directed, produced, edited, scored and starred in most of his films, also co-founded the distribution company United Artists with Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffiths and Mary Pickford, giving him complete control over his films.


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