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 - David Lean
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1991: Film director, editor and screenwriter David Lean, best known for big-screen epics such as "The Bridge on the River Kwai," "Lawrence of Arabia," "Doctor Zhivago" and "A Passage to India," dies of throat cancer at the age of 83 in London, England. Lean earned 11 Academy Award nominations in his career, winning Best Director for "The Bridge on the River Kwai" in 1958 and for "Lawrence of Arabia" in 1963.


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