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, 438,648 hours 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
The British capture Pondicherry, India from the French.
American Revolution: Battle of Cape St. Vincent.
Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878) – Battle of Philippopolis: Captain Burago with a squadron of Russian Imperial army dragoons liberates Plovdiv from Ottoman rule.
Temperance movement: The United States ratifies the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, authorizing Prohibition in the United States one year after ratification.
The League of Nations holds its first council meeting in Paris.
Eleftherios Venizelos becomes Prime Minister of Greece for the fourth time.
The Benny Goodman Orchestra performed the first jazz concert at Carnegie Hall.
The Irish Republican Army (IRA) begins a bombing and sabotage campaign in England.
Crash of TWA Flight 3, killing all 22 aboard, including film star Carole Lombard.
First meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force.
Who were born on January 16?
Zhou Zuoren, Chinese writer (d. 1967)
Margaret Booth, American film editor (d. 2002)
Allan Ekelund, Swedish film producer (d. 2009)
Francesco Scavullo, American photographer (d. 2004)
Luiz Bueno, Brazilian racing driver
Brian Ferneyhough, British composer
Joe Horn, American football player
Mark Anthony Fernandez, Filipino actor
Bobby Zamora, English footballer
Maja Keuc, Slovenian singer
Who died on January 16?
Johannes Schöner, German astronomer and cartographer (b. 1477)
Edward Clinton, 1st Earl of Lincoln, English admiral (b. 1512)
Emperor Higashiyama of Japan (b. 1675)
Arnold Böcklin, Swiss painter (b. 1827)
Jules Barbier, French opera librettist (b. 1825)
Winifred Cochrane, Countess of Dundonald, Scottish philanthropist (b. 1859)
1st Earl of Athlone, British royal, brother of Queen Mary (b. 1874)
Glenn Corbett, American actor (b. 1930)
Laurent-Désiré Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (b. 1939)
Richard Wainwright, English politician (b. 1918)
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