What happened this day in history July 16

What are the important events that happened on July 16? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

July 16: Facts & Myths About This Day

July 16 is the 197th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 168 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is July 3, 2021 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,626,393,600 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 ‘hectaenneacontaheptagon’ day.

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Cancer is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Ruby is the modern birthstone for this month. Ruby is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 200 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 3,129 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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July 16 Historical Events

  • 622
    The beginning of the Islamic calendar.
  • 1212
    Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa: after Pope Innocent III calls European knights to a crusade, forces of Kings Alfonso VIII of Castile, Sancho VII of Navarre, Pedro II of Aragon and Afonso II of Portugal defeat those of the Berber Muslim leader Almohad, thus marking a significant turning point in the Reconquista and in the medieval history of Spain.
  • 1769
    Father Junipero Serra founds California’s first mission, Mission San Diego de Alcalá. Over the following decades, it evolves into the city of San Diego.
  • 1782
    First performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail.
  • 1931
    Emperor Haile Selassie I signs the first constitution of Ethiopia.
  • 1941
    Joe DiMaggio hits safely for the 56th consecutive game, a streak that still stands as a MLB record.
  • 1945
    World War II: The Heavy Cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA-35) leaves San Francisco with parts for the atomic bomb “Little Boy” bound for Tinian Island. This would be the last time the Indianapolis would be seen by the Mainland she would be torpedoed by the Japanese Submarine I-58 on July 30 and sink with 880 out of 1,196 crewmen.
  • 1948
    Following token resistance, the city of Nazareth, revered by Christians as the hometown of Jesus, capitulates to Israeli troops during Operation Dekel in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.
  • 1969
    Apollo program: Apollo 11, the first manned space mission to land on the Moon, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
  • 2004
    Millennium Park, considered Chicago’s first and most ambitious early 21st century architectural project, is opened to the public by Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Who were born on July 16?

  • 1919
    Choi Kyu-hah, South Korean politician, 4th President of South Korea (d. 2006)
  • 1919
    Hermine Braunsteiner, Austrian concentration and extermination camp guard (d. 1999)
  • 1927
    John Warr, English cricketer
  • 1942
    Margaret Court, Australian tennis player
  • 1946
    Barbara Lee, American politician
  • 1956
    Jerry Doyle, American actor
  • 1959
    Doug Herzog, American television executive
  • 1964
    Phil Hellmuth, American poker player
  • 1977
    Bryan Budd, British soldier, Victoria Cross recipient (d. 2006)
  • 1980
    Jesse Jane, American pornographic actress and erotic model

Who died on July 16?

  • 1879
    Edward Deas Thomson, Australian politician (b. 1800)
  • 1953
    Hilaire Belloc, English writer (b. 1870)
  • 1989
    Herbert von Karajan, Austrian conductor (b. 1908)
  • 1990
    Sidney Torch, English composer, conductor and organist (b. 1908)
  • 1995
    May Sarton, Belgian-born American poet (b. 1912)
  • 2001
    Morris, Belgian cartoonist (b. 1923)
  • 2005
    Camillo Felgen, Luxembourgish singer, lyricist and entertainer (b. 1920)
  • 2005
    Pietro Consagra, Italian sculptor (b. 1920)
  • 2005
    Prince Gu of Korea (b. 1931)
  • 2010
    James Gammon, American actor (b. 1940)

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