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
The beginning of the Islamic calendar.
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.
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.
First performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail.
Emperor Haile Selassie I signs the first constitution of Ethiopia.
Joe DiMaggio hits safely for the 56th consecutive game, a streak that still stands as a MLB record.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Choi Kyu-hah, South Korean politician, 4th President of South Korea (d. 2006)
Hermine Braunsteiner, Austrian concentration and extermination camp guard (d. 1999)
John Warr, English cricketer
Margaret Court, Australian tennis player
Barbara Lee, American politician
Jerry Doyle, American actor
Doug Herzog, American television executive
Phil Hellmuth, American poker player
Bryan Budd, British soldier, Victoria Cross recipient (d. 2006)
Jesse Jane, American pornographic actress and erotic model
Who died on July 16?
Edward Deas Thomson, Australian politician (b. 1800)
Hilaire Belloc, English writer (b. 1870)
Herbert von Karajan, Austrian conductor (b. 1908)
Sidney Torch, English composer, conductor and organist (b. 1908)
May Sarton, Belgian-born American poet (b. 1912)
Morris, Belgian cartoonist (b. 1923)
Camillo Felgen, Luxembourgish singer, lyricist and entertainer (b. 1920)
Pietro Consagra, Italian sculptor (b. 1920)
Prince Gu of Korea (b. 1931)
James Gammon, American actor (b. 1940)
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