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
The first grammar of the Spanish language is presented to Queen Isabella I.
The English Parliament outlaws Roman Catholicism.
The Commonwealth of Virginia enacted the Statute for Religious Freedom authored by Thomas Jefferson.
John C. Fremont is appointed Governor of the new California Territory.
Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878) – Battle of Philippopolis: Captain Burago with a squadron of Russian Imperial army dragoons liberates Plovdiv from Ottoman rule.
The Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act, establishing the United States Civil Service, is passed.
Defeat of Cymru Fydd at South Wales Liberal Federation AGM, Newport, Monmouthshire.
The League of Nations holds its first council meeting in Paris.
The Benny Goodman Orchestra performed the first jazz concert at Carnegie Hall.
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?
René I of Naples (d. 1480)
Richard Goodwin Keats, Royal Navy admiral (d. 1834)
Zhou Zuoren, Chinese writer (d. 1967)
Nat Schachner, American author (d. 1955)
Ethel Merman, American actress and singer (d. 1984)
Nel Benschop, Dutch poet (d. 2005)
Alberto Crespo, Argentine racing driver (d. 1991)
Lorraine Bayly, Australian actress
David Chokachi, American actor
Jeff Foster, American basketball player
Who died on January 16?
Nikephoros Choumnos, Byzantine scholar and statesman (b. 1250/55)
Lindley Murray, grammarian (b. 1745)
Thaddeus William Harris, American naturalist (b. 1795)
Arnold Böcklin, Swiss painter (b. 1827)
Ernst Scheller, German Nazi politician (b. 1899)
Israel Abramofsky, Russian-born American artist (b. 1888)
Eric Mottram, English poet, teacher, critic, and editor (b. 1924)
Marjorie Williams, American journalist (b. 1958)
Andrew Wyeth, American realist painter (b. 1917)
Joe Erskine, American boxer and long distance runner (b. 1930)
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