Today in History, April 16: Virginia Tech massacre

Highlights of this day in history: Tenth anniversary of the Virginia Tech shooting: Gunman kills 32 students and faculty; Country's deadliest industrial accident in Texas; Vladimir Lenin returns to Russia after years of exile; Charlie Chaplin born; Prince Andrew and Duchess of York announce divorce; Rolling Stone release debut album; Michael Jordan plays last NBA game. (April 16)

Famous Birthdays:

  • 1952 Bill Belichick, American football coach (5 Super Bowl wins with New England Patriots), born in Nashville, Tenn.
  • 1954 Ellen Barkin, actress (Big Easy, Sea of Love), born in The Bronx, NY.
  • 1963 Jimmy Osmond, Ogden Utah, singer (Donnie & Marie sibling).
  • 1965 Jon Cryer, actor (Pretty in Pink, Superman IV, Two and a Half Men).
  • 1971 Selena [Quintanilla-Pérez], Mexican-American singer-songwriter known as the Queen of Tejano music (Grammy-1994), born in Lake Jackson, Texas (d. 1995).
  • 1980 Paul London, retired pro wrestler, WCW, WWF.
-- YouTube download / AP video / Henry Frederick, Headline Surfer
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Short Bio

Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.