16 JULY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1723
  • Camille Corot, 1796
  • Mary Baker Eddy, 1821
  • Roald Amundsen, 1872
  • Barbara Stanwyck, 1907
  • Orville Redenbacher, 1907
  • Ginger Rogers, 1911
  • Barnard Hughes, 1915
  • Guy Laroche, 1921
  • Bess Myerson, 1924
  • Anita Brookner, 1928
  • Margaret Court, 1942
  • Ruben Blades, 1948
  • Pinchas Zuckerman, 1948
  • Stewart Copeland, 1952
  • Michael Flatley, 1958
  • Will Ferrell, 1967

Died On This Day:

  • Pope Innocent III, 1216
  • Anne of Cleves, 1557
  • Mary Todd Lincoln, 1882
  • Hilaire Belloc, 1953
  • Harry Chapin, 1981
  • Herbert von Karajan, 1989
  • Mayor Frank Rizzo, 1991
  • Robert Motherwell, 1991
  • John F. Kennedy Jr. Killed, 1999
  • Jo Stafford, 2008
  • Johnny Winter, 2014

Today's Events:

  • AD 622 - Moslem era begins as Mohammed and followers flee from Mecca to Medina. (Trad.)
  • 1548 - City of La Paz in Bolivia founded.
  • 1625 - A bill of lading from a 17th century Dutch ship written today is the oldest surviving document from New Amsterdam.
  • 1769 - Father Junipero Serra dedicates and blesses first California Mission for Indians near San Diego.
  • 1773 - First gathering of Methodists in America in Philadelphia.
  • 1790 - District of Columbia established by U.S. Congress.
  • 1867 - Reinforced concrete patented by Frenchman Joseph Monier of Paris.
  • 1926 - First color underwater photographs taken off Tortuga; to be published in National Geographic.
  • 1935 - World's first parking meter installed at Oklahoma City.
  • 1942 - French police mass arrest 13,000 Jews to deport to Nazi death camps; 76,000 eventually deported.
  • 1945 - First atomic bomb detonated at 5:29 A.M. at Jornada del Muerto near Alamogordo, NM.
  • 1951 - Leopold III, King of Belgians, abdicates.
  • 1952 - Korean veterans granted benefits in G.I. Bill of Rights.
  • 1956 - Last performance of Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus under a tent; show goes to arenas.
  • 1969 - Apollo XI starring Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins launched-men to walk on moon.
  • 1990 - Phllippines Islands rocked by giant 7.7 earthquake; 2,000 dead or missing.
  • 1994 - 100,000 mph giant comet collides with Jupiter in the biggest cosmic explosion ever witnessed.
  • 1994 - Tenors Pavarotti, Carreras and Domingo in largest concert in history-1.3 billion home viewers.
  • 1995 - Amazon.com website goes live - Earth's Biggest Bookstore.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Mary-Magdelen Postel
  • Raineld
  • Helier

Holiday:

  • Gion Matsuri 9 day Shinto Festival in Japan celebrated in Kyoto
  • Festival of the Madonna of Carmine in Italy
  • La Paz Day in Bolivia

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • JAGANNATH, RATHA YATRA, Hindu Festival of Car Procession of Vishnu
  • CHI HSI, Festival of the Milky Way in China (seventh day of the seventh moon)
  • CHUNG YÜAN, Festival of the Dead in China (fifteenth day of the seventh moon)
  • NAGA PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of the Serpent God
  • RAKHI, Hindu Festival to Pledge Protection
  • CHUNG-CH'IU, Mid-autumn festival, Harvest or Moon Festival (fifteenth day of the eighth moon)
  • TISH'AH B'AB (Jewish) Anniversary of fall of Jerusalem and destruction of first & 2nd temples Ab 9
  • NEBUTA, Japanese Festival at peak of summer to drive off lethargy
  • SOMA NOMAOI, Japanese Festival of samurai equestrian displays

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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