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, 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

  • 550
    Gothic War (535–554): The Ostrogoths, under King Totila, conquer Rome after a long siege, by bribing the Isaurian garrison.
  • 1362
    A storm tide in the North Sea destroys the German city of Rungholt on the island of Strand.
  • 1556
    Philip II becomes King of Spain.
  • 1707
    The Scottish Parliament ratifies the Act of Union, paving the way for the creation of Great Britain.
  • 1761
    The British capture Pondicherry, India from the French.
  • 1878
    Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878) – Battle of Philippopolis: Captain Burago with a squadron of Russian Imperial army dragoons liberates Plovdiv from Ottoman rule.
  • 1896
    Defeat of Cymru Fydd at South Wales Liberal Federation AGM, Newport, Monmouthshire.
  • 1919
    Temperance movement: The United States ratifies the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, authorizing Prohibition in the United States one year after ratification.
  • 1956
    President Gamal Abdal Nasser of Egypt vows to reconquer Palestine.
  • 1969
    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?

  • 1895
    Nat Schachner, American author (d. 1955)
  • 1897
    Carlos Pellicer, Mexican poet (d. 1977)
  • 1901
    Fulgencio Batista, Cuban leader (d. 1973)
  • 1911
    Eduardo Frei Montalva, Chilean politician (d. 1982)
  • 1911
    Roger Lapébie, French cyclist (d. 1996)
  • 1952
    L. Blaine Hammond, NASA astronaut
  • 1961
    Paul Raven, English musician (Killing Joke) (d. 2007)
  • 1969
    Neil Back, England rugby player
  • 1969
    Roy Jones Jr., American boxer
  • 1979
    Aaliyah, American R&B singer/actress (d. 2001)

Who died on January 16?

  • 1710
    Emperor Higashiyama of Japan (b. 1675)
  • 1817
    Alexander J. Dallas, American statesman (b. 1759)
  • 1920
    Reginald De Koven, American music critic and operetta composer (b. 1859)
  • 1924
    Winifred Cochrane, Countess of Dundonald, Scottish philanthropist (b. 1859)
  • 1942
    Ernst Scheller, German Nazi politician (b. 1899)
  • 1982
    Red Smith, American sports columnist (b. 1905)
  • 1993
    Glenn Corbett, American actor (b. 1930)
  • 2000
    Will “Dub” Jones, American singer (The Coasters) (b. 1928)
  • 2002
    Michael Anthony Bilandic, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1923)
  • 2006
    Stanley Biber, American surgeon (b. 1923)

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