July 16 Events

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July 16th, 2007 (July 16 2007)EventAn earthquake of magnitude 6.8 and aftershock of 6.6 occur off the Niigata coast, Japan, killing 8 people with at least 800 injured and damaging a nuclear power plant. See 2007 Chuetsu offshore earthquake.
July 16th, 2005 (July 16 2005)EventHarry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K.Rowling released, selling over 9 million copies in the 24 hours after release.J.K. Rowling Quotes
July 16th, 2004 (July 16 2004)EventMillennium Park, considered the first and most ambitious architectural project in the early 21st century for Chicago, is opened to the public by Mayor Richard M. Daley.
July 16th, 1999 (July 16 1999)EventJohn F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette are killed in a plane crash off the coast of Martha s Vineyardied in The Piper Saratoga aircraft was piloted by Kennedy.John F. Kennedy Quotes
July 16th, 1994 (July 16 1994)EventComet Shoemaker-Levy 9:comet that collided with Jupiter in 1994. Impacts began on this date through July 22nd.
July 16th, 1983 (July 16 1983)EventSikorsky S-61 disaster: helicopter crash off the Isles of Scilly, causing 20 fatalities.
July 16th, 1981 (July 16 1981)EventTun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad becomes Malaysia s 4th Prime Minister until retired on October 31, 2003. Making him Asia s longest-serving political leaders (22 years as Prime Minister of Malaysia).
July 16th, 1979 (July 16 1979)EventIraqi President Hasan al-Bakr resigns and is replaced by Saddam Hussein.Saddam Hussein Quotes
July 16th, 1973 (July 16 1973)EventWatergate Scandal: Former White House aide Alexander P. Butterfield informs the United States Senate that President Richard Nixon had secretly recorded potentially-incriminating conversations.
July 16th, 1969 (July 16 1969)EventApollo program: Apollo 11 is launched from Cape Kennedy, Florida and will become the first manned space mission to land on the moon.
July 16th, 1965 (July 16 1965)EventThe Mont Blanc Tunnel linking France with Italy opens.
July 16th, 1957 (July 16 1957)EventUnited States Marine Major John Glenn flies a F8U Crusader supersonic jet from California to New York in 3 hours, 23 minutes and 8 seconds setting a new transcontinental speed record.John Major Quotes
July 16th, 1955 (July 16 1955)EventOriginal Disneyland park opens in Anaheim, California
July 16th, 1951 (July 16 1951)EventKing Leopold III of Belgium abdicates in favour of his son, Baudouin I of Belgium.
July 16th, 1950 (July 16 1950)EventUruguay win the 1950 FIFA World Cup, beating hosts Brazil 2-1 in what is regarded as one of the biggest upsets in sporting history.
July 16th, 1948 (July 16 1948)EventThe city of Nazareth, hometown of Jesus, capitulated to Israeli troops during Operation Dekel led by Ben Dunkelman, after little more than token resistance, during 1948 Arab-Israeli War.
July 16th, 1945 (July 16 1945)EventManhattan Project: The Atomic Age begins when the United States successfully detonates a plutonium-based test nuclear weapon at the Trinity site near Alamogordo, New Mexico.
July 16th, 1942 (July 16 1942)EventHolocaust: Rafle du Vel d Hiv: The Vichy France government orders French police officers to round up 13,000-20,000 Jews and imprison them in the Winter Velodrome. In 1995, president Jacques Chirac officially recognizes the French police s responsibility.
July 16th, 1941 (July 16 1941)EventNew York Yankees Joe DiMaggio gets a hit in his 56th consecutive game.
July 16th, 1931 (July 16 1931)EventEmperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia signs the first constitution of Ethiopia.
July 16th, 1880 (July 16 1880)EventDr. Emily Howard Stowe becomes the first woman licenced to practice medicine in Canada.
July 16th, 1862 (July 16 1862)EventAmerican Civil War: David G. Farragut becomes the first United States Navy rear admiral.
July 16th, 1790 (July 16 1790)EventThe signing of the Residence Bill establishes a site along the Potomac River as the District of Columbia (seat of government).
July 16th, 1782 (July 16 1782)EventFirst performance of Mozart s opera The Abduction from the Seraglio.
July 16th, 1769 (July 16 1769)EventFather Junipero Serra founds Mission San Diego de Alcala, the first mission in California. The mission later evolves into the city of San Diego.
July 16th, 1683 (July 16 1683)EventManchu/Chinese Qing Dynasty naval forces under commander Shi Lang defeat the Kingdom of Tungning in the Battle of Penghu near the Pescadores Islands.
July 16th, 1661 (July 16 1661)EventThe first banknotes in Europe are issued by the Swedish bank Stockholms Banco.
July 16th, 1054 (July 16 1054)EventThree Roman legates fractured relations between the Western and Eastern Christian churches by placing an invalid Papal Bull of Excommunication on the altar in the Hagia Sophia during Saturday afternoon divine liturgy. This is often dated as the start of the East-West Schism.
July 16th, 0622 (July 16 0622)EventThe beginning of the Islamic calendar.

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