July 16 is the 197th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 168 days remain until the end of the year.
We have some interesting facts & historic events all about July 16th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.
Keep reading for more interesting facts about July 16th in history!
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- Guinea Pig Appreciation Day
- National Corn Fritters Day
- World Snake Day
- Fresh Spinach Day
- National Ice Cream Day
What Happened On This Day – July 16
1995: Amazon.com Sells its First Book
The e-commerce website was first founded in 1995 by Jeff Bezos as an online bookstore. The first book sold by the Internet giant was Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought by Douglas Hofstadter.
1994: Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 collides with Jupiter
The Jupiter orbiting comet collided with Jupiter. It was the first time in recorded history that astronomers had observed a collision between two celestial objects.
1981: Mahathir bin Mohamad takes office for the first time
Mohmad, took office as the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia and remained in the position until 2003, becoming Malayasia’s longest serving prime minister and Asia’s longest serving politician.
1979: Iraqi president, Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr resigns
The fourth president of Iraq resigned from his post citing health reasons and promoted his Vice President, Saddam Hussein to the post of President.
1951: The Catcher in the Rye is published
The book, written by J.D. Salinger is considered to be one of the top 100 works of fiction of the 20th century.
1988: Florence Griffith Joyner sets the women’s 100m world record at the US Olympic Trials, 16/07/1988. Her time of 10.49 garnered skepticism due to the wind reading. The next day she ran two races beating the record prior to hers (10.70 & 10.61) that have not been contested or broken since.
1950: Uruguay won their second FIFA World Cup Title
1935: The world’s first parking meter is installed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
1790: In the United States, the city of Washington D. C. was founded.
Births On This Day, July 16
1967: Will Ferrell, American comedian, actor
1947: Assata Shakur, American activist, criminal
1907: Orville Redenbacher, American farmer, businessman
1872: Roald Amundsen, Norwegian explorer
1862: Ida B. Wells, American civil rights activist
Deaths On This Day, July 16
1960: Albert Kesselring, German field marshal
1915: Ellen G. White, American author, co-founder of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church
1882: Mary Todd Lincoln, American wife of Abraham Lincoln, 17th First Lady of the United States
1747: Giuseppe Crespi, Italian painter
1557: Anne of Cleves