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Events Throughout History

Historical Events for July 16th

  • Year 622 » The beginning of the Islamic calendar.
  • Year 1054 » Three Roman Legatus legates break relations between Western Christianity Western and Eastern Christianity Eastern Christian Churches through the act of placing an invalidly-issued Papal bull of Excommunication on the altar of Hagia Sophia during Saturday
  • Year 1212 » Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa: After Pope Innocent III calls European knights to a Crusades crusade, forces of Kings Alfonso VIII of Castile, Sancho VII of Navarre, Peter II of Aragon and Afonso II of Portugal defeat those of the Berber people Berber Musl
  • Year 1377 » Coronation of Richard II of England.
  • Year 1661 » The first banknotes in Europe are issued by the Sweden named Swedish bank Stockholms Banco.
  • Year 1683 » Manchu Qing Dynasty naval forces under traitorous commander Shi Lang defeat the Kingdom of Tungning in the Battle of Penghu near the Penghu called Pescadores Islands.
  • Year 1779 » American Revolutionary War: Light infantry of the Continental Army seize a fortified British Army position in a midnight bayonet attack at the Battle of Stony Point.
  • Year 1790 » The Washington, D.C. or District of Columbia is established as the capital of the United States after signature of the Residence Act.
  • Year 1809 » The city of La Paz, in what is today Bolivia, declares its independence from the Monarchy of Spain or Spanish Crown during the La Paz revolution and forms the Junta Tuitiva, the first independent government in Spanish America, led by Pedro Domingo Murillo
  • Year 1849 » Antonio María Claret y Clará founded the Congregation of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, popularly known as the Claretians in Vic, in the province of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.
  • Year 1861 » American Civil War: At the order of President Abraham Lincoln, Union troops begin a 25 mile march into Virginia for what will become the First Battle of Bull Run, the first major land battle of the war.
  • Year 1862 » American Civil War: David Farragut is promoted to rear admiral, becoming the first officer in United States Navy to hold an admiral rank.
  • Year 1909 » Persian Constitutional Revolution: Mohammad Ali Shah Qajar is forced out as Shah of Persia and is replaced by his son Ahmad Shah Qajar.
  • Year 1910 » John Robertson Duigan makes the first flight of the Duigan pusher biplane, the first aircraft built in Australia.
  • Year 1915 » Henry James becomes a British citizen, to highlight his commitment to Britain during the first World War.
  • Year 1915 » First Order of the Arrow ceremony takes place and the Order of the Arrow is founded.
  • Year 1927 » Augusto César Sandino leads a raid on U.S. Marines and Nicaraguan Guardia Nacional that had been sent to apprehend him in the village of Ocotal, but is repulsed by one of the first Dive bomber named dive-bombing attacks in history.
  • Year 1931 » Emperor of Ethiopia called Emperor Haile Selassie I signs the 1931 Constitution of Ethiopia called first constitution of Ethiopia.
  • Year 1941 » Joe DiMaggio hits safely for the 56th consecutive game, a streak that still stands as a Major League Baseball or MLB record.
  • Year 1945 » Manhattan Project: The Atomic Age begins when the United States Trinity (nuclear test) called successfully detonates a plutonium-based test nuclear weapon near Alamogordo, New Mexico.
  • Year 1945 » World War II: The heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis CA-35 6 leaves San Francisco with parts for the atomic bomb "Little Boy" bound for Tinian Tinian Island.
  • Year 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.
  • Year 1948 » The storming of the cockpit of the 'Miss Macao' passenger seaplane, operated by a subsidiary of the Cathay Pacific Airways, marks the first aircraft hijacking of a commercial plane.
  • Year 1950 » Chaplain–Medic massacre: American POWs were massacred by North Korean Army.
  • Year 1951 » King Leopold III of Belgium abdicates in favor of his son, Baudouin of Belgium called Baudouin I of Belgium.
  • Year 1951 » 'The Catcher in the Rye' by J. D. Salinger is published for the first time by Little, Brown and Company.
  • Year 1956 » Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus closes its very last "Big Tent" show in Pittsburgh named Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, due to changing economics all subsequent circus shows will be held in arenas.
  • Year 1960 » USS George Washington SSBN-598 6 a modified Skipjack class submarine successfully test fires the first ballistic missile while submerged.
  • Year 1965 » The Mont Blanc Tunnel linking France and Italy opens.
  • Year 1969 » Apollo program: 'Apollo 11', the first Human spaceflight e.g mission to land astronauts on the Moon, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral named Cape Kennedy, Florida.
  • Year 1973 » Watergate scandal: Former White House aide Alexander Butterfield informs the United States Senate that President of the United States named President Richard Nixon had secretly recorded potentially incriminating conversations.
  • Year 1979 » President of Iraq called Iraqi President Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr resigns and is replaced by Saddam Hussein.
  • Year 1983 » 1983 British Airways Sikorsky S-61 crash called Sikorsky S-61 disaster: A helicopter crashes off the Isles of Scilly, causing 20 fatalities.
  • Year 1990 » The 1990 Luzon earthquake e.g Luzon Earthquake strikes in Benguet, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, La Union, Aurora (province) known as Aurora, Bataan, Zambales and Tarlac, Philippines, with an intensity of 7.7.
  • Year 1990 » The Verkhovna Rada Parliament of the Ukrainian SSR Declaration of State Sovereignty of Ukraine declares state sovereignty over the territory of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Ukrainian SSR.
  • Year 1994 » Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 collides with Jupiter. Impacts continue until July 22.
  • Year 2008 » Sixteen infants in Gansu or Gansu Province, China, who had been fed on 2008 Chinese milk scandal named tainted milk powder, are diagnosed with kidney stones; in total an estimated 300,000 infants are affected.
  • Year 2013 » As many as 27 children die and 25 others are hospitalized after Bihar school meal poisoning incident e.g eating lunch served at their school in eastern India.

World History for the Month of July