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 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 350 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 3, 2020 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 1,579,132,800 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 9 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 2,582 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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January 16 Historical Events
Gothic War (535–554): The Ostrogoths, under King Totila, conquer Rome after a long siege, by bribing the Isaurian garrison.
The Medici family is appointed official banker of the Papacy.
The English Parliament outlaws Roman Catholicism.
The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes is published in Madrid.
Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878) – Battle of Philippopolis: Captain Burago with a squadron of Russian Imperial army dragoons liberates Plovdiv from Ottoman rule.
Ernest Shackleton’s expedition finds the magnetic South Pole.
Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 perform the first-ever docking of manned spacecraft in orbit, the first-ever transfer of crew from one space vehicle to another, and the only time such a transfer was accomplished with a space walk.
Buckminster Fuller receives the Gold Medal award from the American Institute of Architects.
US President Bill Clinton awards former President Theodore Roosevelt a posthumous Medal of Honor for his service in the Spanish-American War.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia’s new president. She becomes Africa’s first female elected head of state.
Who were born on January 16?
King Francis II of the Two Sicilies (d. 1894)
Fulgencio Batista, Cuban leader (d. 1973)
William Grover-Williams, English-French racing driver and WWII resistance fighter (d. 1945)
Allan Ekelund, Swedish film producer (d. 2009)
Ernesto Bonino, Italian singer (d. 2008)
Gene Feist, American stage actor and producer
Gavin Bryars, English composer and double bassist
Caroline Munro, British actress
Sergi Bruguera, Spanish tennis player
Martina Moravcová, Slovak female swimmer
Who died on January 16?
Barthold Heinrich Brockes, German poet (b. 1680)
Ivan Trubetskoy, Russian field marshal (b. 1667)
John Moore, British general (b. 1761)
Reginald De Koven, American music critic and operetta composer (b. 1859)
Carole Lombard, American actress (b. 1908)
Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. (David Seville), American actor (b. 1919)
Eric Mottram, English poet, teacher, critic, and editor (b. 1924)
Dimitris Horn, Greek actor (b. 1921)
Will “Dub” Jones, American singer (The Coasters) (b. 1928)
Michael Anthony Bilandic, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1923)
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