What happened this day in history January 16

What are the important events that happened on January 16? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

January 16: Facts & Myths About This Day

January 16 is the 16th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 349 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 3, 2022 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,642,291,200 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hexadecagon’ day.

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Capricorn is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 16 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 3,313 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 16 Historical Events

  • 1492
    The first grammar of the Spanish language is presented to Queen Isabella I.
  • 1581
    The English Parliament outlaws Roman Catholicism.
  • 1786
    The Commonwealth of Virginia enacted the Statute for Religious Freedom authored by Thomas Jefferson.
  • 1847
    John C. Fremont is appointed Governor of the new California Territory.
  • 1878
    Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878) – Battle of Philippopolis: Captain Burago with a squadron of Russian Imperial army dragoons liberates Plovdiv from Ottoman rule.
  • 1883
    The Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act, establishing the United States Civil Service, is passed.
  • 1896
    Defeat of Cymru Fydd at South Wales Liberal Federation AGM, Newport, Monmouthshire.
  • 1920
    The League of Nations holds its first council meeting in Paris.
  • 1938
    The Benny Goodman Orchestra performed the first jazz concert at Carnegie Hall.
  • 1992
    El Salvador officials and rebel leaders sign the Chapultepec Peace Accords in Mexico City ending the 12-year Salvadoran civil war that claimed at least 75,000.

Who were born on January 16?

  • 1409
    René I of Naples (d. 1480)
  • 1757
    Richard Goodwin Keats, Royal Navy admiral (d. 1834)
  • 1885
    Zhou Zuoren, Chinese writer (d. 1967)
  • 1895
    Nat Schachner, American author (d. 1955)
  • 1908
    Ethel Merman, American actress and singer (d. 1984)
  • 1918
    Nel Benschop, Dutch poet (d. 2005)
  • 1920
    Alberto Crespo, Argentine racing driver (d. 1991)
  • 1937
    Lorraine Bayly, Australian actress
  • 1968
    David Chokachi, American actor
  • 1977
    Jeff Foster, American basketball player

Who died on January 16?

  • 1327
    Nikephoros Choumnos, Byzantine scholar and statesman (b. 1250/55)
  • 1826
    Lindley Murray, grammarian (b. 1745)
  • 1856
    Thaddeus William Harris, American naturalist (b. 1795)
  • 1901
    Arnold Böcklin, Swiss painter (b. 1827)
  • 1942
    Ernst Scheller, German Nazi politician (b. 1899)
  • 1976
    Israel Abramofsky, Russian-born American artist (b. 1888)
  • 1995
    Eric Mottram, English poet, teacher, critic, and editor (b. 1924)
  • 2005
    Marjorie Williams, American journalist (b. 1958)
  • 2009
    Andrew Wyeth, American realist painter (b. 1917)
  • 2009
    Joe Erskine, American boxer and long distance runner (b. 1930)

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