On this day: April 16

Published: Apr 15 2013 12:35:29 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 16 2015 02:00:00 AM EDT

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 - MV Sewol ferry
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2014: The MV Sewol ferry carrying 476 people capsizes near Jindo Island off South Korea, ultimately leaving 304 passengers and crew dead. The captain and other crew members were later convicted of murder and abandoning ship, while ferry company owner Yoo Byung-eun, who had been the subject of an intense manhunt, was found dead in a field in July 2014.

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