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    • January 16, 0027 BC - The title Augustus is bestowed upon Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian by the Roman Senate.

    • January 16, 0929 "Emir Abd-ar-Rahman III of Cordoba declares himself caliph, thereby establishing the Caliphate of Cordoba."

    • January 16, 1120 "The Council of Nablus is held, establishing the earliest surviving written laws of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem."

    • January 16, 1219 "Floods in Northern Netherlands after storm, 1,000s killed"

    • January 16, 1325 "Laure de Noves, beloved of Petrarch, marries Hugues de Sade"

    • January 16, 1362 A great storm tide in the North Sea destroys the German island of Strand and the city of Rungholt.

    • January 16, 1412 The Medici family are made official bankers of the Papacy.

    • January 16, 1456 "Painter Filippo Lippi elopes with Lucrezia Buti, a young nun from the convent of Saint Margherita."

    • January 16, 1492 "The first grammar of a modern language, in Spanish, is presented to Queen Isabella."

    • January 16, 1493 Columbus returns to Spain on his first trip

    • January 16, 1531 English Reformation parliament's 2nd sitting

    • January 16, 1547 Ivan IV the Terrible (17) crowns himself first tsar of Russia

    • January 16, 1547 Ivan the Terrible becomes Tsar of Russia.

    • January 16, 1556 "Emperor Karel appoints his son Philip II, king of Spain"

    • January 16, 1556 Philip II becomes King of Spain.

    • January 16, 1572 The Duke of Norfolk is tried for treason for his part in the Ridolfi plot to restore Catholicism in England.

    • January 16, 1581 English Parliament outlaws Roman Catholicism.

    • January 16, 1581 English parliament passes laws against Catholicism

    • January 16, 1581 UK hist English Parliament outlaws Roman Catholicism

    • January 16, 1605 The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes was published in Madrid.

    • January 16, 1707 "The Scottish Parliament ratified the Act of Union, paving way for the creation of Great Britain."

    • January 16, 1707 UK hist Union with Scotland ? Scots agree to send 16 peers and 45 MPs to English Parliament in return for full trading privileges ? Scottish Parliament meets for the last time in March

    • January 16, 1756 England & Prussia sign Treaty of Westminster

    • January 16, 1761 "British capture Pondicherry, India from the French."

    • January 16, 1761 "British took Pondicherry after siege, marking end of French dominion in India."

    • January 16, 1761 "UK hist British capture Pondicherry, India from the French"

    • January 16, 1765 Charles Messier catalogs M41 (galactic cluster in Canis Major)

    • January 16, 1776 Continental Congress approves enlistment of free blacks

    • January 16, 1777 Vermont declares independence from NY

    • January 16, 1780 Battle at Cape St Vincent Admiral Rodney beats Spanish fleet

    • January 16, 1795 French army under Pichegru occupies Utrecht Netherlands

    • January 16, 1795 "French occupy Utrecht, Netherlands."

    • January 16, 1809 French forces defeat Sir John Moore and kill him in the Battle of Corunna January 16 Sir Arthur Wellesley succeeds Moore as commander of British forces in the Peninsular War

    • January 16, 1809 Peninsular War: The British defeat the French at the Battle of La Corua.

    • January 16, 1809 "UK hist Peninsular War ? Battle of La Coru¤a ? Sir John Moore killed: ""Not a drum was heard, not a funeral note ?"""

    • January 16, 1815 "Brazil is decreed a kingdom, independent from Portugal."

    • January 16, 1819 Godert baron van der de Capellen becomes Governor of Dutch-Indies

    • January 16, 1832 "Charles Darwin lands at San Tiago, Cape Verde"

    • January 16, 1847 John C. Fremont is appointed Governor of the new California Territory.

    • January 16, 1864 Danish-Prussian War (Second war of Schleswig): King Christian IX of Denmark declares war to the German Confederation in order to occupy Schleswig

    • January 16, 1864 Heavy fighting takes place near Dandridge TN

    • January 16, 1865 Confederate Brigadier General John Pegram marries Hetty Cary

    • January 16, 1865 "Drunken sailor attacks munitions at Fort Fisher NC, 40 die"

    • January 16, 1865 General William Sherman issues Field Order #15 (land for blacks)

    • January 16, 1868 "Refrigerator car patented by William Davis, a fish dealer in Detroit"

    • January 16, 1870 Virginia becomes 8th state re-admitted to US after Civil War

    • January 16, 1876 "Edmund H. Sears, author of It Came Upon A midnight Clear, dies."

    • January 16, 1877 "Color organ (for light shows) patented, by Bainbridge Bishop"

    • January 16, 1878 Captain Burago with a squadron of Russian Imperial army dragoons liberates Plovdiv from the Ottoman rule.

    • January 16, 1879 "January record 13"" of snow falls in New York City NY (broken Jan 7, 1996)"

    • January 16, 1883 Congress passed a bill creating the civil service.

    • January 16, 1883 Pendleton Act creates basis of US Civil Service system

    • January 16, 1883 "The Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act, establishing the United States Civil Service, is passed."

    • January 16, 1883 The U.S. Civil Service Commission is established.

    • January 16, 1887 "Cliff House damaged when schooner ""Parallel""'s powder cargo explodes"

    • January 16, 1889 "128§F (53§C), Cloncurry, Queensland (Australian record)"

    • January 16, 1889 "Cloncurry, Queensland, recorded temperature of 53.1 Celsius, highest known in Australia."

    • January 16, 1896 "Defeat of Cymru Fydd at South Wales Liberal Federation AGM, Newport, Monmouthshire."

    • January 16, 1905 "Stanley Cup Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Dawson City (Yukon) in 2 games Ottawa Silver 7 beats Dawson City (Yukon) 23-2 for Stanley Cup, this is most lopsided playoff game, Frank McGee scores 14 goals"

    • January 16, 1906 Conference of Algeciras (about Morocco)

    • January 16, 1908 "Pinnacles National Monument, California established"

    • January 16, 1909 British explorer Ernest Shackleton finds magnetic south pole

    • January 16, 1909 Ernest Shackleton's expedition finds the magnetic South Pole.

    • January 16, 1909 UK hist Ernest Shackleton's expedition finds the magnetic South Pole

    • January 16, 1911 Pandora becomes first 2-man sailboat to round Cape Horn west to east

    • January 16, 1913 British House of Commons accepts Home-Rule for Ireland

    • January 16, 1914 Writer Maksim Gorki returns to Russia

    • January 16, 1915 Congress authorizes $1 & $50 Panama-Pacific International Expo gold coin

    • January 16, 1919 "Missouri, Nebraska, and Wyoming ratify the Prohibition Amendment, adding it to the Constitution."

    • January 16, 1919 "Temperance movement: The United States of America ratifies the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, authorizing Prohibition in the United States one year after ratification."

    • January 16, 1919 The United States went legally dry as prohibition of alcoholic beverages took effect under the 18th amendment to the Constitution. The amendment was repealed in 1933.

    • January 16, 1920 "18th Amendment, the ""National Prohibition Act,"" becomes law. Individuals are allowed to produce wine for religious purposes."

    • January 16, 1920 First assembly of League of Nations (Paris)

    • January 16, 1920 Georgia declares independence

    • January 16, 1920 "The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution takes effect, banning the sale of beer and distilled spirits."

    • January 16, 1920 UK hist Prohibition starts in USA (lasts until Dec 1933)

    • January 16, 1920 Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. was founded on the campus of Howard University.

    • January 16, 1925 Leon Trotsky dismissed as CEO of Russian Revolution Military Council

    • January 16, 1930 "USS Lexington provides power to Tacoma, WA, when floods knocked out city power plants"

    • January 16, 1931 "Bradman scores 223 Australia vs West Indies, 297 minutes, 26 fours"

    • January 16, 1933 Bert Oldfield flattened by Larwood delivery in Adelaide Test

    • January 16, 1936 Screen Actors Guild incorporates with King Vidor as president

    • January 16, 1936 Spanish socialists/communists/anarchists form Unidad Popular

    • January 16, 1936 The first photo finish camera installed at Hialeah Race track in Hialeah FL

    • January 16, 1939 "Comic strip ""Superman"" debuts"

    • January 16, 1941 US vice admiral Bellinger warns of an assault on Pearl Harbor

    • January 16, 1941 War Department forms first Army Air Corps squadron for black cadets

    • January 16, 1942 "Actress Carole Lombard, and twenty other people, die in a plane crash near Las Vegas."

    • January 16, 1942 "Screen star Carole Lombard, her mother and 20 other people were killed in a commercial airliner crash near Las Vegas, Nev. Lombard was the wife of actor Clark Gable."

    • January 16, 1942 William Knudsen becomes first civilian appointed a General in US army

    • January 16, 1943 "-60§F (-51§C), Island Park Dam ID (state record)"

    • January 16, 1943 German 2nd SS-Pantzer division evacuates Charkow

    • January 16, 1943 Red Army recaptures Pitomnik airport at Stalingrad

    • January 16, 1943 The first US air raid on Ambon

    • January 16, 1944 Gen. Dwight Eisenhower arrived in London to assume command of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe.

    • January 16, 1944 General Eisenhower took command of Allied Invasion Force in London

    • January 16, 1944 "In London, General Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes commander of the Allied Invasion Force, during WWII."

    • January 16, 1944 "Lieutenant (jg) S. R. Graham, USCG, while en route from New York to Liverpool in the British freighter Daghestan made a 30 minute flight in an R-4B (HNS-1) from the ship's 60 by 80 foot flight deck"

    • January 16, 1945 "Adolf Hitler moves into his underground bunker, the so-called Fuhrerbunker."

    • January 16, 1945 Scottish 52nd land division/1st Commando brigade-assault at Heinsberg

    • January 16, 1945 "U.S. first and 3rd army units close the bulge, but do not succeed in entrapping enemy forces."

    • January 16, 1945 US first & 3rd army meet at Houffalise

    • January 16, 1947 Vincent Aurial elected President of France

    • January 16, 1948 35 Haganah members are ambushed & killed in Gush Etzyon

    • January 16, 1950 "Belgium, Luxembourg & Netherlands recognize Israel"

    • January 16, 1951 Viet Minh offensive against Hanoi

    • January 16, 1951 "World's largest gas pipeline opens (Brownsville TX, to 134th St, New York City NY)"

    • January 16, 1952 New Dutch bible translation finished

    • January 16, 1952 "US Standard Board clears Stan Musial to get an $85,000 salary"

    • January 16, 1953 Egyptian Premier General Naguib disbands all political parties

    • January 16, 1954 """South Pacific"" closes at Majestic Theater New York City NY after 1928 performances"

    • January 16, 1956 Egyptian President Nassar pledges to reconquer Palestine

    • January 16, 1956 President Gamal Abdal Nasser of Egypt vows to reconquer Palestine.

    • January 16, 1957 3 B-52s leave California for first non-stop round the world flights

    • January 16, 1957 Cavern Club (home of Beatles' first appearance) opens on Mathew Street in England

    • January 16, 1957 "The Cavern Club, a hangout for music-lovers, opens its doors in Liverpool, England. This club would be the springboard that launches The Beatles to stardom a few years later."

    • January 16, 1961 Russian espionage ring detected in Great Britain

    • January 16, 1962 "Death of JF Hurley, first official AIF photographer, appointed during the Battle of Third Ypres in 1917"

    • January 16, 1962 "Shooting begins on ""Dr No"""

    • January 16, 1962 "Suit accuses New York City NY Board of Education uses ""racial quotas"""

    • January 16, 1963 Khrushchev claims to have a 100-megaton nuclear bomb

    • January 16, 1964 """Hello, Dolly!"" starring Carol Channing, opens at St James Theater New York City NY for 2,844 performances"

    • January 16, 1964 Number one hit on UK music charts - The Dave Clark Five - Glad All Over

    • January 16, 1964 "The musical Hello, Dolly! opens on Broadway."

    • January 16, 1965 """Outer Limits"" last airs on ABC-TV"

    • January 16, 1965 "Searchers' ""Love Potion #9"" peaks at #3"

    • January 16, 1966 Metropolitan Opera House opens in Lincoln Center

    • January 16, 1967 Alan S. Boyd is sworn in as the first U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

    • January 16, 1967 "Lucius Amerson, becomes first southern (Alabama) black sheriff in 20th century"

    • January 16, 1967 The first black government installed in Bahamas

    • January 16, 1968 Youth International Party (Yippies) is founded.

    • January 16, 1969 "Czech student Jan Palach commits suicide by self-immolation in Prague, in protest against the Soviets' crushing of the Prague Spring the year before."

    • January 16, 1969 Jan Palach immolates himself to protest Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia

    • January 16, 1969 Metroliner train starts running.

    • January 16, 1969 Soviet Soyuz 4 & Soyuz 5 perform first transfer of crew in space

    • January 16, 1970 Buckminster Fuller receives the Gold Medal award from the American Institute of Architects.

    • January 16, 1970 Colonel Kadhaffi becomes premier of Libya

    • January 16, 1970 Curt Flood files a civil lawsuit challenging baseball's reserve clause

    • January 16, 1973 "NBC presents 440th & final showing of ""Bonanza"""

    • January 16, 1973 USSR's Lunakhod 2 begins radio-controlled exploration of the Moon

    • January 16, 1974 """Jaws"" by Peter Benchley is published"

    • January 16, 1974 "L A Landslide kills 9, Canyonville OR"

    • January 16, 1976 """Donny & Marie"" [Osmond] musical variety show premieres on ABC TV"

    • January 16, 1978 "5th American Music Award Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac & Conway Twitty"

    • January 16, 1978 Soyuz 27 returns to Earth

    • January 16, 1979 Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi of Iran flees Iran for Egypt

    • January 16, 1979 The Shah of Iran flees Iran with his family and relocates to Egypt.

    • January 16, 1980 Paul McCartney jailed in Tokyo for 10 days on marijuana possession

    • January 16, 1981 Ivan Lendl intentionally loses a match in the Volvo Masters in order to avoid having to play Bj”rn Borg

    • January 16, 1981 "Leon Spinks is mugged, his assailants even take his gold teeth"

    • January 16, 1981 Protestant gunmen shoot & wound Bernadette Devlin McAliskey & husband

    • January 16, 1982 Number one hit on UK music charts - Bucks Fizz - Land Of Make Believe

    • January 16, 1984 11th American Music Award Michael Jackson

    • January 16, 1984 Extortionist sends letter to Queensland Primary Industries Department threatening to release foot and mouth virus unless state jails are reformed.

    • January 16, 1984 Paul & Linda McCartney arrested in Barbados-possession of cannabis

    • January 16, 1984 "President Reagan called for peaceful competition with Moscow. He authorized research and development on space-age weapons capable of destroying incoming nuclear missiles, the program known as Star Wars."

    • January 16, 1985 """Playboy"" announces end of stapling centerfolds"

    • January 16, 1986 First meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force.

    • January 16, 1986 "Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said Libya would train, arm and protect Arab guerrillas for Palestinian suicide and terrorist missions, his first explicit endorsement of terrorism."

    • January 16, 1986 Police arrested 3 IRA-terrorists in Amsterdam

    • January 16, 1987 "Hu Yaobang resigns as head of China's Communist Party, accepting blame for policy mistakes stemming from student turmoil"

    • January 16, 1988 4th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Live wins

    • January 16, 1988 Number one hit on UK music charts - Belinda Carlisle - Heaven Is A Place On Earth

    • January 16, 1989 Police arrest writer Vaclav Havel in Prague

    • January 16, 1989 "Three days of riots begin in Miami after a police officer shoots and kills a black motorcyclist, which also claims the life of the passenger in the ensuing crash."

    • January 16, 1989 USSR announces plan for 2-year manned mission to Mars

    • January 16, 1990 2 Bank of Credit & Commerce members plea guilty to money laundering

    • January 16, 1990 Canadian Rail Operating Rules are approved by the Minister of Transport

    • January 16, 1990 "Moscow rushed 11,000 more troops to Azerbaijan and Armenia to reinforce soldiers trying to quell deadly ethnic violence."

    • January 16, 1990 "The Soviet Union sends 11,000 reinforcements to the Caucasus to end the civil war between Armenians and Azerbaijanis."

    • January 16, 1991 Operation Desert Storm begins - US & 27 allies attack Iraq for occupying Kuwait (US times)

    • January 16, 1991 The Persian Gulf War began with the allied bombing of Baghdad. President Bush drew the largest TV audience in history with an address to the nation on the commencement of hostilities against Iraq.

    • January 16, 1991 "The United States of America declares war on Iraq, beginning the Persian Gulf War (U.S.Time)."

    • January 16, 1991 The White House announces the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi troops from Kuwait.

    • January 16, 1992 "El Salvador officials and rebel leaders sign the Chapultepec Peace Accords in Mexico City that ends a 12-year civil war that claimed at least 75,000."

    • January 16, 1992 Representatives of the El Salvadoran government and rebels sign a pact in Mexico City ending 12 years of civil war.

    • January 16, 1993 Windsor Castle was reopened just two months after a fire swept through the British landmark.

    • January 16, 1994 "At a joint news conference in Geneva with President Clinton, Syrian President Hafez Assad indicated a willingness to negotiate a peace treaty with Israel."

    • January 16, 1995 "Former federal minister Ros Kelly, brought down over her administration of sports grants, resigns from Australian parliament."

    • January 16, 1996 Greek Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou resigns from office for health reasons.

    • January 16, 1996 New South Wales Premier Bob Carr announces that the state's next governor will be part-time and Government House to be turned over to public use.

    • January 16, 1997 "A bomb exploded at an Atlanta building housing an abortion clinic. An hour later, after investigators and others had come to the scene, a second bomb went off, injuring six people."

    • January 16, 1997 "Ennis Cosby, the son of entertainer Bill Cosby, was shot to death while changing a tire on a freeway exit ramp in Los Angeles."

    • January 16, 1998 Investigators for special counsel Kenneth Starr questioned former White House intern Monica Lewinsky about allegations that she had an affair with President Clinton.

    • January 16, 2000 "Ricardo Lagos is elected Chile's first socialist president since Salvador Allende, whose government was toppled in a bloody 1973 military coup led by Gen Augusto Pinochet."

    • January 16, 2001 Congolese President Laurent-Dsir Kabila is assassinated by one of his own bodyguards.

    • January 16, 2001 Environmental activists and local authorities in a town in El Salvador where a mountainside buried an entire neighbourhood say deforestation ? and greed ? contributed to the earthquake disaster.

    • January 16, 2001 "President Laurent Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo was shot to death, reportedly by one of his bodyguards, who in turn was killed by other bodyguards."

    • January 16, 2001 US President Bill Clinton awards former US President Theodore Roosevelt a posthumous Medal of Honor for his service in the Spanish-American War.

    • January 16, 2002 "The UN Security Council unanimously establishes an arms embargo and the freezing of assets of Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaida, and the remaining members of the Taliban."

    • January 16, 2003 President George W. Bush called the Michigan affirmative action program unconstitutional.

    • January 16, 2004 "NASA announced plans to cancel further space shuttle missions to repair and upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope, an act that would condemn the Hubble to mechanical failure in the next two years."

    • January 16, 2005 Adriana Iliescu gives birth at age 66 and becomes the oldest woman in the world to do so.

    • January 16, 2006 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia's new president. She becomes Africa's first female elected head of state.

    • January 16, 2006 "Liu Xinjuan is committed by the Chinese government to a psychiatric hospital, allegedly for political activism."







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