What Happened on July 16

Historical Events

  • 622 Muslim Era begins - Muhammad begins flight from Mecca to Medina (Hijra)
  • 1054 Three Roman legates fracture relations between Western and Eastern Christian churches by placing invalid Papal Bull of Excommunication on altar of Hagia Sophia during Saturday afternoon divine liturgy. Often dated as start of the East-West Schism.
  • 1519 Public debate between Martin Luther & theologist John Eck at Pleissenburg Castle in Liepzig, Luther denies the divine right of the Pope
  • 1809 La Paz, Bolivia declares its independence from the Spanish Crown and forms the Junta Tuitiva. The first independent government in Spanish America, led by Pedro Domingo Murillo
  • 1861 Battle of Bull Run, the 1st major battle of the Civil War, is fought
  • 1918 A Bolshevik firing squad at Ekaterinburg, Siberia, executes Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family
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Did You Know?

1st banknotes in Europe are issued by Bank of Stockholm

On July 16, 1661

Famous Weddings

  • 1659 Princess Henriette C of Orange-Nassau weds monarch Johan George II
  • 1857 Confederate general Thomas Jackson (33) weds Mary Anna Morrison in Lincoln County
  • 1892 Impressionist Painter Claude Monet (51) weds longtime companion Alice Hoschedé
  • 1960 Actress Vera Miles (30) weds actor Keith Larsen (36)
  • 1974 "The Osmonds" singer Alan Osmond (25) weds Suzanne Pinegar at LDS Temple in Provo, Utah

Famous Divorces

  • 2001 "Kate & Leopold" actress Meg Ryan (38) divorces actor Dennis Quaid (46) after 9 years of marriage
  • 2012 Actor-comedian Russell Brand (36) divorces popstar Katy Perry (27) due to irreconcilable differences a year after the fairy-tale wedding in India
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