JFK, Jr and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy on their wedding dayToday was a tragic day in US History when John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy and her older sister Lauren died when the airplane JFK, Jr. was piloting when down in the Atlantic near Martha’s Vineyard. A massive search/rescue/recovery mission was undertaken to find the plane and bring home their bodies. This sad story captivated the world over for many days. But, it was not the only thing that happened on this day in history. Mary Todd Lincoln, widow of assassinated president Abraham Lincoln died of a stroke on July 16, 1882. Czar Nicholas and his family were murdered by the Bolsheviks in Russia (1918) – leading to many stories of the possible survival of their daughter Anastasia. Adolf Hitler ordered preparations for the invasion of England (1940) leading to World War 2. The United States detonated the first atomic bomb in a test in New Mexico (1945). Apollo 11 (1969) headed for the moon. Also Barbara Stanwyck (1907), Ginger Rogers (1911) and Will Ferrell (1967) were all born on July 16th. You can look up any day in history at either History.com or Historynet.com.