16 July

16 July

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!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • Guinea Pig Appreciation Day
  • National Corn Fritters Day
  • World Snake Day
  • Fresh Spinach Day
  • National Ice Cream Day

Historic Events

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.

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

1950: Uruguay won their second FIFA World Cup Title

1935: The world’s first parking meter is installed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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.

in 1790, in the United States, the city of Washington D. C. was founded.

Famous Birthdays

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

Heartbreaking Deaths

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


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