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Below are some of the important events:

  • Birthday of the Raja (Perlis)
  • Christian Feast Day:
    • Paschal Baylon
    • Restituta
    • May 17 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Constitution Day (Nauru and Norway)
  • Earliest date on which Trinity Sunday can fall, while June 20 is the latest; celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost. (Western Christianity)
  • Feast of 'Aẓamat (Bahá'í Faith)
  • Galician Literature Day or Día das Letras Galegas (Galicia)
  • International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia aka IDAHO
  • Liberation Day (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • National Famine Memorial Day (Ireland)
  • Navy Day (Argentina)
  • World Information Society Day (International)
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Many interesting things happened in history today, the 16th of January. Among them are Vermont declaring its independence from New York in 1777, the worlds largest pipeline opened in 1951 and the U.S.S.R announced a 2 year mission to Mars in 1989.
In 1991 on January 16th, President George Herbert Walker Bush announced the start of operation Desert Storm. On the same day in 1547, Ivan the Terrible was crowned Czar of Russia.
There are quite a few noteworthy things that happened in history on the 16th of January. They include Georgia declaring its independence in 1920, the Superman comic strip debuted in 1939 and the novel by Peter Benchley titled Jaws was published in 1974.
On January 16th 1942, TWA flight 3 crashed and killed Carole Lombard along with 21 others. In 1780 on January 16th, the battle of Cape St. Vincent was fought during the American Revolutionary War.

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180 -6 inhabitants of Scillium in North Africa are executed for being Christians. Earliest record of Christianity in that part of the world.

561 -John III begins his reign as Catholic Pope succeeding Pelagius I

855 -St Leo IV ends his reign as Catholic Pope

1054 - Emperor Henry III crowns his son Henry IV king

1070 - Arnulf III the Hapless becomes earl of Flanders

1203 - Siege of Constantinople begins during the fourth Crusade, Crusaders aboad a Venetian fleet attack the city

1245 - Pope bans emperor Frederik II Hohenstaufen for 3rd time

1393 - Osmanen occupy Turnovo, Bulgaria

1429 - Dauphin crowned king of France

1453 - 1st battle at Castillon: French beat English troops

1473 - Charles the Stout conquerors Nijmegen

1509 - Venice recaptures Padua

1549 - Jews are expelled from Ghent Belgium

1552 - Siena drives Spanish troops out of Verdun

1583 - Spanish & Walloon troops conquer Dunkerk

1585 - English secret service discovers Anthony Babingtons murder plot against Queen Elizabeth I

1596 - At 10:30AM Dutch explorer Willem Barents arrives at Novaya Zemlya

1603 - Sir Walter Raleigh arrested by forces of King James

1686 - A meeting takes place at Lüneburg between several Protestant powers in order to discuss the formation of an 'evangelical' league of defence, called the 'Confederatio Militiae Evangelicae', against the Catholic League.

1712 - England, Portugal & France sign ceasefire [or 19th]

1717 - Handel's "Water Music" premieres on the river Thames in London

1727 - Simon van Slingelandt appointed Dutch pension advisor

1740 - Prospero Lambertini chosen Pope Benedictus XIV

1762 - Catherine II becomes tsar of Russia upon the murder of Peter III

1774 - Captain Cook arrives at New Hebrides (Vanuata)

1775 - 1st military hospital approved

1791 - Members of the French National Guard under the command of General Lafayette open fire on a crowd of radical Jacobins at the Champ de Mars, Paris, during the French Revolution, killing as many as 50 people.

1794 - Richard Allen organizes Philadelphia's Bethel African Meth Episcopal Church

1821 - Spain cedes Florida to US

1841 - British humor magazine "Punch" 1st published

1850 - Harvard Observatory takes 1st photograph of a star (Vega)

1856 - The Great Train Wreck of 1856 between Camp Hill and Fort Washington, Pennsylvania kills over 60 people.

1861 - Congress authorizes paper money

1861 - Manassas, VA Gen Beauregard requests reinforcements for his 22,000 men, Gen Johnston is ordered to Manassas

1862 - Naval Engagement at Pascagoula River MS: USS Potomac Expedition

1862 - US army authorized to accept blacks as laborers

1862 - United army officially divides corps

1862 - R John Hunt Morgan:Cynthiana, KY CS24 US17 Skirmish at Columbia, TN

1863 - Battle of Honey Springs - largest battle in Indian Territory

1864 - CSA President Davis replaces Gen Joe Johnston with John Bell Hood

1866 - Italian fleet under adm Persano capture Austrian Fort Lissa

1867 - 1st US dental school, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, established

1879 - 1st railroad opens in Hawaii

1882 - 6th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: William Renshaw beats E Renshaw (6-1 2-6 4-6 6-2 6-2)

1885 - 9th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: William Renshaw beats H Lawford (7-5, 6-2 4-6 7-5)

1886 - 10th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: William Renshaw beats H Lawford (6-0 5-7 6-3 6-4)

1890 - Cecil Rhodes becomes premier of Cape colony

1893 - Arthur Shrewsbury is 1st to score 1,000 runs in Test Cricket

1897 - 1st ship arrives in Seattle carrying gold from Yukon

1898 - Spanish American War - Spaniards surrender to US at Santiago Cuba

1900 - NY Giant Christy Mathewson begins career losing to Bkln Superbas

1902 - Orioles forfeit to St Louis having only 5 players available to play they then forfeit their franchise back to the AL

1902 - Lord Tennyson, son of the poet, is named to succeed Lord Hopetown, first governor general of Australia

1903 - The Russian Social Democratic Workers Party meets, first in Brussels and then London because their leaders have been forced into exile by the Russian Government

1911 - Overthrown shah of Persia Mohammed Ali lands on Astrabad with army

1912 - IAF (Intl Amateur Athletic Federation) forms in Sweden

1914 - Giants outfielder Red Murray is knocked unconscious by lightning after catching a flyball, ending 21 inning game, Giants win 3-1

1915 - Italian offensive at Isonzo

1917 - British Royal family changes its name from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor

1918 - Longest errorless game, Cubs beat Phillies 2-1 in 21 innings

1919 - Finland adopts constitution

1919 - Yanks 21 hits, Browns 17 hits Browns win 7-6 in 17, on squeeze play

1922 - Curacao harbor workers begin strike under Felix Chacuto

1922 - Ty Cobb gets 5 hits in a game for record 4th time in a year

1923 - Carl Mays gave up 13 runs & 20 hits in 13-0 lose to Indians

1924 - St Louis Card Jesse Haines no-hits Boston Braves, 5-0

1925 - Tris Speaker, is 5th to get 3,000 hits

1926 - Paavo Nurmi walks world record 4x1500m (16:11.4)

1929 - USSR drops diplomatic relations with China

1933 - After successfully crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the Lithuanian research aircraft Lituanica crashes in Europe under mysterious circumstances.

1934 - Babe Ruth draws his 2,000th base on balls at Cleveland

1935 - Variety's famous headline "Sticks Nix Hick Pix"

1936 - Carl Hubbell begins winning streak, beating Pittsburgh 6-0

1936 - Spanish generals Francisco Franco and Emilio Mola lead a right-wing uprising, starting the Spanish Civil War

1938 - Douglas (Wrong Way) Corrigan leaves NY for LA, wound up in Ireland

1939 - 22nd PGA Championship: Henry Picard at Pomonok CC Flushing NY

1941 - NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak ends in Cleveland

1942 - 3' of rain falls on Pennsylvania, flooding kills 15

1942 - Estimated 34.5" (87.5 cm) of rainfall, Smethport, Pa (state record)

1942 - Transport nr 6 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany

1943 - RAF bombs Germany rocket base Peenemunde

1944 - 2 ammunition ships explodes at Port Chicago, California kills 322

1944 - Russian troops cross river Bug/march into Poland

1945 - Potsdam Conference (Truman, Stalin, Churchill) holds 1st meeting

1948 - Israeli army captures Nazareth

1948 - Proclamation of constitution of Republic of (South) Korea

1950 - Indonesian troops land on Buru, South-Molukka

1951 - King Leopold III of Belgium gives up throne to son Boudouin I

1951 - Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts is chartered.

1952 - Shah of Persia named Ghavam Sultaneh premier

1954 - 1st major league game where majority of team is black (Dodgers)

1954 - Construction begins on Disneyland. . .

1954 - Theodor Heuss re-elected president of West Germany

1955 - Arco Idaho becomes 1st US city lit by nuclear power

1955 - Disneyland televises its grand opening in Anaheim, California.

1958 - King Hussein declares himself head of Jordan/Iraqi federation

1958 - Peter Shaffer's "Five Finger Exercise," premieres in London

1958 - US performs atmospheric nuclear Test at Enwetak

1959 - 2,000 ft long by 1,300 foot wide section of ridge falls into Madis

1959 - Dr Leakey discovers oldest human skull (600,000 years old)

1959 - Tibet abolishes serfdom

1959 - River Canyon extending man-made Lake Hebgen by 5 miles. (Montana)

1959 - Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey discovers the partial skull of a new species of early human ancestor, Zinjanthropus boisei or 'Zinj' (now called Paranthropus boisei) that lived in Africa almost 2 million years ago

1961 - John Chancellor becomes news anchor of Today Show

1961 - Roger Maris loses a HR (of his 61) due to a rain-out in 5th

1962 - East Berliner Peter Fechter flees over Berlin Wall

1962 - Robert White in X-15 sets altitude record of 108 km (354,300 ft)

1962 - Senate rejects medicare for aged

1962 - US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site

1963 - Telstar soccer team forms in Ijmuiden

1964 - Don Campbell sets record for turbine vehicle, 690.91 kph (429.31 mph)

1964 - Great Britain performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site

1965 - WLCY (now WTSP) TV channel 10 in St Petersburg-Tampa, FL (ABC) begins

1966 - "It's a Bird... It's Superman" closes at Alvin NYC after 129 perfs

1966 - Clifford Ann Creed wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open

1966 - Indians set club record by hitting 7 HR in 15-2 win over Detroit

1966 - Jim Ryun sets mile record (3m51s3)

1966 - Pioneer 7 launched

1967 - Monkees perform at Forest Hills NY, Jimi Hendrix is opening act

1967 - Race riots in Cairo Illinois

1968 - Beatle's animated film "Yellow Submarine" premieres in London

1968 - Revolt in Iraq

1970 - 30,000 attend Randall's Island Rock Festival, NYC

1971 - Kathy Whitworth/Judy Kimball wins LPGA Four-Ball Golf Championship

1972 - 1st 2 women begin training as FBI agents at Quantico

1973 - Military coup in Afghanistan; King Mohammad Zahir Shah flees

1974 - 1st quadrophonic studio in UK is open by Moody Blues

1974 - Bob Gibson becomes 2nd pitcher to strike-out 3,000 (Cesar Geronimo)

1974 - France performs nuclear Test at Muruora Island

1974 - John Lennon is ordered to leave US in 60 days

1975 - Apollo 18 & Soyuz 19 make 1st US/USSR linkup in space

1976 - 21st modern Olympic games opens in Montreal

1976 - Indonesian president Suharto annexes East Timor

1976 - The opening of the Summer Olympics is marred by 25 African teams boycotting the New Zealand team.

1977 - Joanne Carner wins LPGA Borden Golf Classic

1978 - NY Yank manager Billy Martin & Reggie Jackson fight in dug out

1978 - Reggie Jackson refusal to bunt causes mgr Billy Martin to suspend him

1979 - 50th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-6 at Kingdome, Seattle

1979 - All star MVP: Dave Parker (Pittsburgh Pirates)

1979 - David Gower 200* in England score of 5-633 v India at Edgbaston

1979 - Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza flees to Miami

1979 - Sebastian Coe runs world record 3:49 mile in Oslo

1979 - Simone Veil becomes chairman of European Parliament

1980 - Bolivian military coup; general Garcia Meza becomes president

1980 - Ronald Reagan formally accepts Republican nomination for president

1980 - Zenko Suzuki becomes premier of Japan

1981 - "This is Burlesque" closes at Princess Theater NYC after 28 perfs

1981 - Humbar Estuary Bridge, UK, world's longest span (1.4 km), opens

1981 - Israeli bombers destroy PLO/al-Fatah headquarters in Beirut

1981 - Lobby Walkways at KC's Hyatt Regency collapse 114 die, 200 injured

1981 - USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

1981 - Fulton County (Atlanta) grand jury indicts Wayne B William 23 year old photographers, for murder of 2 of 28 blacks killed in Atlanta

1983 - 112th British Golf Open: Tom Watson shoots a 275 at Royal Birkdale

1983 - 1st USFL championship (Mich Panthers beats Phila Stars 24-22)

1983 - Beth Daniel wins LPGA McDonald's Kids Golf Classic

1984 - Pierre Mauroy resigns as premier of France

1984 - Soyuz T-12 carries 3 cosmonauts to space station Salyut 7

1986 - Emmy 13th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 7th time

1987 - "Les Miserables," opens at Imperial Theatre, Tokyo

1987 - 10 teens die in Guadalupe River flood (Comfort, Tx)

1987 - Don Mattingly is 2nd to hit HRs in 7 straight AL games (en route to 8)

1987 - Dow Jones closes above 2,500 (2,510.04) for 1st time

1987 - Iran & France breaks diplomatic relations

1988 - 117th British Golf Open: Seve Ballesteros shoots 273 at Royal Lytham

1988 - 4 Billion tv-viewers watch Mandela's 70th Birthday Tribute

1988 - Colleen Walker wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic

1988 - Florence Griffith Joyner of USA sets 100m woman's record (10.49)

1988 - Highest temperature ever recorded in San Francisco, 103°F (39°C)

1989 - 1st Test flight of US stealth-bomber

1989 - Paul McCartney releases "This One"

1989 - Reds reliever Kent Tekulve retires after 1,070 appearances

1990 - Hussein's Revolutionary Day speech claims Kuwait stole oil from Iraq

1990 - NY Yankee Deion Sanders hits an inside park homer

1990 - Minnesota Twins become 1st team to turn 2 triple plays in a game but lose to Boston Red Sox 1-0

1992 - Slovak parliament asks for self rule

1993 - Graeme Obree bicycles world record time, 51,596 km

1994 - 123rd British Golf Open: Nick Price shoots a 268 at Turnberry Scotland

1994 - Beth Daniel wins LPGA JAL Big Apple Golf Classic

1994 - Brazil beats Italy in a shoot out, for their 4th soccer world cup

1994 - French youngster (4) becomes Buddhist Lama Tulkou Kalou Rinpoche

1994 - Hulk Hogan beats Ric Flair to win WCW wrestling championship

1995 - Forbes Mag announces Bill Gates is the richest man in world ($12.9B)

1996 - 230 people die when TWA 800 crashes outside of NYC

1996 - Yank John Weteland blows save after record 24 consecutive saves

1996 - TWA Flight 800: Off the coast of Long Island, New York, a Paris-bound TWA Boeing 747 explodes, killing all 230 on board.

1997 - STS 94 (Columbia 23), lands

1998 - Russia buries Tsar Nicholas II & family, 80 years after they died

2004 - Martha Stewart is sentenced to five months in prison plus five months in home confinement for lying to federal investigators

2005 - Tiger Woods wins his 10th major winning The British Open Championship by 5 strokes. Woods becomes only the second golfer, after Jack Nicklaus, to win each major more than once

2005 - 134th British Golf Open: Tiger Woods shoots a 274 at St Andrews

2005 - 13th ESPY Awards: Lance Armstrong, Annika Sorenstam win

2007 - TAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aéreas) Flight 3054 crashes upon landing during rain in São Paulo. This is Brazil's deadliest aviation accident to date with an estimated 199 deaths.

2009 - Jakarta double bombings at the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Hotels killed 9 people including 4 foreigners.

2011 - 140th British Golf Open: Darren Clarke shoots a 275 at Royal St George's Golf Club

2012 - 17 people are wounded in a bar shooting in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

2013 - 7 people are killed by a car bomb in Damascus, Syria

2013 - 58 people are killed in floods in Sichuan Province, China

2013 - 21st ESPY Awards: LeBron James, Serena Williams win

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