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

  • 929
    Emir Abd-ar-Rahman III established the Caliphate of Cordoba.
  • 1605
    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.
  • 1938
    The Benny Goodman Orchestra performed the first jazz concert at Carnegie Hall.
  • 1939
    The Irish Republican Army (IRA) begins a bombing and sabotage campaign in England.
  • 1945
    Adolf Hitler moves into his underground bunker, the so-called Führerbunker.
  • 1968
    The Youth International Party is founded.
  • 1970
    Buckminster Fuller receives the Gold Medal award from the American Institute of Architects.
  • 2001
    US President Bill Clinton awards former President Theodore Roosevelt a posthumous Medal of Honor for his service in the Spanish-American War.
  • 2002
    The UN Security Council unanimously establishes an arms embargo and the freezing of assets of Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaida, and the remaining members of the Taliban.
  • 2006
    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?

  • 1821
    John C. Breckinridge, American lawyer and politician; 14th Vice President of the United States and Confederate general (d. 1875)
  • 1875
    Leonor Michaelis, German enzyme kinetic theorist (d. 1947)
  • 1895
    Nat Schachner, American author (d. 1955)
  • 1908
    Günther Prien, German World War II submarine captain (d. 1941)
  • 1921
    Francesco Scavullo, American photographer (d. 2004)
  • 1931
    Robert L. Park, American physicist
  • 1959
    Sade, Nigerian-born singer
  • 1965
    Jill Sobule, American singer-songwriter
  • 1970
    Brendan O'Hare, Scottish drummer (Teenage Fanclub, Telstar Ponies)
  • 1971
    Sergi Bruguera, Spanish tennis player

Who died on January 16?

  • 1327
    Nikephoros Choumnos, Byzantine scholar and statesman (b. 1250/55)
  • 1545
    George Spalatin, German reformer (b. 1484)
  • 1809
    John Moore, British general (b. 1761)
  • 1886
    Amilcare Ponchielli, Italian opera composer (b. 1834)
  • 1924
    Winifred Cochrane, Countess of Dundonald, Scottish philanthropist (b. 1859)
  • 1962
    Frank Hurley, Australian photographer (b. 1885)
  • 1985
    Robert Fitzgerald, American poet and translator (b. 1910)
  • 2001
    Auberon Waugh, British author and journalist (b. 1939)
  • 2003
    Richard Wainwright, English politician (b. 1918)
  • 2007
    Benny Parsons, American racecar driver and commentator (b. 1941)

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