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, 1,579,132,800 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 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

  • 550
    Gothic War (535–554): The Ostrogoths, under King Totila, conquer Rome after a long siege, by bribing the Isaurian garrison.
  • 1412
    The Medici family is appointed official banker of the Papacy.
  • 1581
    The English Parliament outlaws Roman Catholicism.
  • 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.
  • 1878
    Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878) – Battle of Philippopolis: Captain Burago with a squadron of Russian Imperial army dragoons liberates Plovdiv from Ottoman rule.
  • 1909
    Ernest Shackleton’s expedition finds the magnetic South Pole.
  • 1969
    Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 perform the first-ever docking of manned spacecraft in orbit, the first-ever transfer of crew from one space vehicle to another, and the only time such a transfer was accomplished with a space walk.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1836
    King Francis II of the Two Sicilies (d. 1894)
  • 1901
    Fulgencio Batista, Cuban leader (d. 1973)
  • 1903
    William Grover-Williams, English-French racing driver and WWII resistance fighter (d. 1945)
  • 1918
    Allan Ekelund, Swedish film producer (d. 2009)
  • 1922
    Ernesto Bonino, Italian singer (d. 2008)
  • 1923
    Gene Feist, American stage actor and producer
  • 1943
    Gavin Bryars, English composer and double bassist
  • 1949
    Caroline Munro, British actress
  • 1971
    Sergi Bruguera, Spanish tennis player
  • 1976
    Martina Moravcová, Slovak female swimmer

Who died on January 16?

  • 1747
    Barthold Heinrich Brockes, German poet (b. 1680)
  • 1750
    Ivan Trubetskoy, Russian field marshal (b. 1667)
  • 1809
    John Moore, British general (b. 1761)
  • 1920
    Reginald De Koven, American music critic and operetta composer (b. 1859)
  • 1942
    Carole Lombard, American actress (b. 1908)
  • 1972
    Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. (David Seville), American actor (b. 1919)
  • 1995
    Eric Mottram, English poet, teacher, critic, and editor (b. 1924)
  • 1998
    Dimitris Horn, Greek actor (b. 1921)
  • 2000
    Will “Dub” Jones, American singer (The Coasters) (b. 1928)
  • 2002
    Michael Anthony Bilandic, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1923)

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