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, 27,371,520 minutes 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
Gothic War (535–554): The Ostrogoths, under King Totila, conquer Rome after a long siege, by bribing the Isaurian garrison.
A storm tide in the North Sea destroys the German city of Rungholt on the island of Strand.
Philip II becomes King of Spain.
The Scottish Parliament ratifies the Act of Union, paving the way for the creation of Great Britain.
The British capture Pondicherry, India from the French.
Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878) – Battle of Philippopolis: Captain Burago with a squadron of Russian Imperial army dragoons liberates Plovdiv from Ottoman rule.
Defeat of Cymru Fydd at South Wales Liberal Federation AGM, Newport, Monmouthshire.
Temperance movement: The United States ratifies the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, authorizing Prohibition in the United States one year after ratification.
President Gamal Abdal Nasser of Egypt vows to reconquer Palestine.
Czech student Jan Palach commits suicide by self-immolation in Prague, in protest against the Soviets’ crushing of the Prague Spring the year before.
Who were born on January 16?
Nat Schachner, American author (d. 1955)
Carlos Pellicer, Mexican poet (d. 1977)
Fulgencio Batista, Cuban leader (d. 1973)
Eduardo Frei Montalva, Chilean politician (d. 1982)
Roger Lapébie, French cyclist (d. 1996)
L. Blaine Hammond, NASA astronaut
Paul Raven, English musician (Killing Joke) (d. 2007)
Neil Back, England rugby player
Roy Jones Jr., American boxer
Aaliyah, American R&B singer/actress (d. 2001)
Who died on January 16?
Emperor Higashiyama of Japan (b. 1675)
Alexander J. Dallas, American statesman (b. 1759)
Reginald De Koven, American music critic and operetta composer (b. 1859)
Winifred Cochrane, Countess of Dundonald, Scottish philanthropist (b. 1859)
Ernst Scheller, German Nazi politician (b. 1899)
Red Smith, American sports columnist (b. 1905)
Glenn Corbett, American actor (b. 1930)
Will “Dub” Jones, American singer (The Coasters) (b. 1928)
Michael Anthony Bilandic, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1923)
Stanley Biber, American surgeon (b. 1923)
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