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 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

  • 1761
    The British capture Pondicherry, India from the French.
  • 1780
    American Revolution: Battle of Cape St. Vincent.
  • 1878
    Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878) – Battle of Philippopolis: Captain Burago with a squadron of Russian Imperial army dragoons liberates Plovdiv from Ottoman rule.
  • 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.
  • 1920
    The League of Nations holds its first council meeting in Paris.
  • 1924
    Eleftherios Venizelos becomes Prime Minister of Greece for the fourth time.
  • 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.
  • 1942
    Crash of TWA Flight 3, killing all 22 aboard, including film star Carole Lombard.
  • 1986
    First meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force.

Who were born on January 16?

  • 1885
    Zhou Zuoren, Chinese writer (d. 1967)
  • 1898
    Margaret Booth, American film editor (d. 2002)
  • 1918
    Allan Ekelund, Swedish film producer (d. 2009)
  • 1921
    Francesco Scavullo, American photographer (d. 2004)
  • 1937
    Luiz Bueno, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1943
    Brian Ferneyhough, British composer
  • 1972
    Joe Horn, American football player
  • 1979
    Mark Anthony Fernandez, Filipino actor
  • 1981
    Bobby Zamora, English footballer
  • 1992
    Maja Keuc, Slovenian singer

Who died on January 16?

  • 1547
    Johannes Schöner, German astronomer and cartographer (b. 1477)
  • 1585
    Edward Clinton, 1st Earl of Lincoln, English admiral (b. 1512)
  • 1710
    Emperor Higashiyama of Japan (b. 1675)
  • 1901
    Arnold Böcklin, Swiss painter (b. 1827)
  • 1901
    Jules Barbier, French opera librettist (b. 1825)
  • 1924
    Winifred Cochrane, Countess of Dundonald, Scottish philanthropist (b. 1859)
  • 1957
    1st Earl of Athlone, British royal, brother of Queen Mary (b. 1874)
  • 1993
    Glenn Corbett, American actor (b. 1930)
  • 2001
    Laurent-Désiré Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (b. 1939)
  • 2003
    Richard Wainwright, English politician (b. 1918)

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