16 April 1746
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On this date in 1746...
The Duke of Cumberland defeated Charles “Bonnie Prince Charlie” Stuart at Culloden Moor, ending the Jacobite Revolt and securing Scotland as part of the British dominion until the present day. The subsequent persecution at the hands of English troops caused a rush of Scot immigration to the Southern colonies.
- 1528 - Spanish Adventurer Pánfilo de Narváez sighted Indian houses near Tampa Bay, Florida. He anchored his boats in the area, but the Indians have abandoned their village.
- 1550 - King Charles V ordered a stop to the conquests of Indian land.
- 1861 - North Carolina state troops occupied Forts Caswell and Johnston.
- 1865 - The Battle of Columbus, Georgia.
- 1868 - Only a portion of Louisiana’s voters approved a reconstruction constitution. Most of the state’s white citizens were disenfranchised by the Reconstruction Acts.
- 1947 - America’s worst harbor explosion occurred in Texas City, Texas, when the French ship Grandcamp, carrying ammonium nitrate fertilizer, caught fire and blew up, devastating the town. Another ship, the Highflyer, exploded the following day. The explosions and resulting fires killed more than 500 people and left 200 others missing.
- 1990 - The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Dalton Prejean, a mentally handicapped man condemned to death for murdering a Louisiana state trooper in 1977.
- 2007 - Deranged student Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people and injured 23 others before committing suicide at Virginia Tech University. It remains the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
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