Historical Events on 16th January

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27 BC - The title Augustus is bestowed upon Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian by the Roman Senate.
550 - Gothic War (535-552): The Ostrogoths, under King Totila, conquer Rome after a long siege, by bribing the Isaurian garrison.
1120 - The Council of Nablus is held, establishing the earliest surviving written laws of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem.
1219 - Floods in Northern Netherlands after storm, thousands killed
1362 - A great storm tide in the North Sea destroys the German island of Strand and the city of Rungholt.
1412 - The Medici family is appointed official banker of the Papacy.
1492 - The first grammar of a modern language, Spanish, is presented to Queen Isabella.
1493 - Columbus leaves the new world and sets sail for Spain on his 1st trip
1531 - English Reformation parliament's 2nd sitting
1547 - Ivan IV the Terrible (17) crowns himself 1st tsar of Moscow
1556 - Emperor Karel appoints his son Philip II, king of Spain
1572 - Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk is tried for treason for his part in the Ridolfi plot to restore Catholicism in England.
King of Spain Philip IIKing of Spain Philip II 1581 - English parliament passes laws against Catholicism
1756 - Britain & Prussia sign Treaty of Westminster
1761 - The British capture Pondicherry, India, from the French.
1765 - Charles Messier catalogs M41 (galactic cluster in Canis Major)
1776 - Continental Congress approves enlistment of free blacks
1777 - Vermont declares independence from NY
1780 - Battle at Cape St Vincent: admiral Rodney beats Spanish fleet
1793 - French King Louis XVI sentenced to death by the National Convention during the French Revolution
1795 - French army under Pichegru occupies Utrecht, Netherlands
1809 - Peninsular War: The British defeat the French at the Battle of Corunna
1819 - Godert Alexander Gerard Philip, Baron van der Capellen, becomes governor-general of Dutch East Indies
Naturalist Charles DarwinNaturalist Charles Darwin 1832 - Charles Darwin lands at San Tiago, Cape Verde
1847 - John C. Fremont is appointed Governor of the new California Territory.
1863 - -Aug 23rd) Cruise of CSS Florida
1864 - Heavy fighting takes place near Dandridge, Tennessee
1865 - Drunken sailor attacks munitions at Ft Fisher NC, 40 die
1865 - Gen Wm Sherman issues Field Order #15 (land for blacks)
1865 - SF Dramatic Chronicle started
1868 - Refrigerator car patented by William Davis, a fish dealer in Detroit
1870 - Virginia becomes 8th state readmitted to US after Civil War
1871 - Jefferson Long of Georgia sworn in as 2nd black congressman
1877 - Color organ (for light shows) patented, by Bainbridge Bishop
1878 - Captain Burago with a squadron of Russian Imperial army dragoons liberates Plovdiv from Ottoman rule.
1879 - January record 13" of snow falls in NYC (broken Jan 7, 1996)
1883 - Pendleton Act creates basis of US Civil Service system
1883 - Quebec Rugby Football Union forms
1887 - Cliff House damaged when powder cargo of schooner "Parallel" explodes
1889 - 128°F (53°C), Cloncurry, Queensland (Australian record)
1896 - Defeat of Cymru Fydd at South Wales Liberal Federation AGM, Newport, Monmouthshire.
Philosopher, Psychologist, Writer John DeweyPhilosopher, Psychologist, Writer John Dewey 1897 - John Dewey's essay "My Pedagogic Creed" appears in School Journal
1900 - The United States Senate accepts the Anglo-German treaty of 1899 in which the United Kingdom renounces its claims to the Samoan islands.
1900 - The US gains control over Tutuila in Samoa and several smaller Pacific islands
1905 - Baseball outfielder Frank Huelsman completes eighth transaction in 8 months
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
1906 - -Apr 13] Conference of Algeciras (about Morocco)
1908 - Pinnacles National Monument, California established
1909 - British explorers David, Mawson & Mackay reach south magnetic pole as part of the Nimrod Expedition
1911 - Pandora becomes 1st 2-man sailboat to round Cape Horn west to east
1913 - British House of Commons accepts Home Rule for Ireland (but the Great War gets in the way of it happening)
1914 - Writer Maxim Gorky returns to Russia
1915 - Congress authorizes $1 & $50 Panama-Pacific Intl Expo gold coin
1917 - The Greek Government accepts reparations for Allied losses sustained in recent actions in Greece
1918 - Austria and Germany are disrupted by strikes as people express impatience with leaders continuing the war
1919 - Prohibition ratified by 3/4 of US states; Nebraska is 36th
1920 - 1st assembly of the League of Nations (Paris)
1920 - Georgia declares independence
1920 - The 18th Amendment is ratified, prohibiting the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages (repealed 1933)
1925 - Gen M Froense replaces Trotsky as People's Commissioner of Defense
Russian Revolutionary Leon TrotskyRussian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky 1925 - In the aftermath of Lenin's death, Stalin and Trotsky battle for leadership; today, Trotsky resigns as chairman of the Russian Revolutionary Military Council
1931 - Bradman scores 223 Australia v WI, 297 mins, 26 fours
1933 - Bert Oldfield flattened by Larwood delivery in Adelaide Test
1936 - 1st photo finish camera installed at Hialeah Race track in Hialeah Fla
1936 - Screen Actors Guild incorporates with King Vidor as president
1936 - Spanish socialists/communists/anarchists form Unidad Popular
1938 - 1st jazz concert held at Carnegie Hall (Benny Goodman)
1941 - US vice admiral Bellinger warns of an assault on Pearl Harbor
1941 - War Dept forms first Army Air Corps squadron for black cadets
1942 - William Knudsen becomes 1st civilian appointed a general in US army
1943 - -60°F (-51°C), Island Park Dam, Idaho (state record)
1943 - 1st US air raid on Ambon
Cricket Legend Donald BradmanCricket Legend Donald Bradman 1943 - German 2nd SS-Panzer division evacuates Charkow
1943 - Red Army recaptures Pitomnik airport at Stalingrad
1944 - Gen Eisenhower took command of Allied Invasion Force in London
1945 - Scottish 52nd land division/1st Commando brigade-assault at Heinsberg
1945 - US 1st & 3rd army meet at Houffalise
1947 - Vincent Aurial elected president of France
1948 - 35 Haganah members are ambushed & killed in Gush Etzyon
1949 - "Rape of Lucretia" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 23 perfs
1949 - KNBH (now KNBC) TV channel 4 in Los Angeles, CA (NBC) 1st broadcast
1949 - WTOP (now WUSA) TV channel 9 in Washington, D.C. (CBS) 1st broadcast
1950 - Belgium, Luxembourg & Netherlands recognize Israel
1951 - Viet Minh offensive against Hanoi
1951 - World's largest gas pipeline opens (Brownsville Tx, to 134th St, NYC)
1952 - New Dutch bible translation finished
MLB Legend Stan MusialMLB Legend Stan Musial 1952 - US Standard Board clears Stan Musial to get an $85,000 salary
1953 - Egyptian Premier Gen Naguib disbands all political parties
1953 - KXLY TV channel 4 in Spokane, WA (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
1954 - "South Pacific" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 1928 performances
1955 - Jackie Pung wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open
1955 - NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 26-19
1956 - Egyptian pres Nasser pledges to reconquer Palestine
1957 - 3 B-52s leave California for 1st non-stop round world flights
1957 - Cavern Club opens on Matthews Street in Liverpool, England, home of The Beatles' 1st appearance
1958 - William Gibson's "Two for the Seesaw" premieres in NYC
1961 - "Conquering Hero" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 8 performances
1961 - Russian espionage ring detected in Great Britain
1962 - Shooting begins on "Dr No"
1962 - Suit accuses NYC Board of Education uses "racial quotas"
1962 - 12th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 150-130 at St. Louis
First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita KhrushchevFirst Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev 1963 - Khrushchev claims to have a 100-megaton nuclear bomb
1963 - Tennessee Williams' "Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore" premieres
1963 - 13th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 115-108 at Los Angeles
1964 - "Hello, Dolly!" opens at St James Theater NYC for 2,844 performances
1964 - AL owners vote 9-1 against Charlie Finley moving KC A's to Louisville
1965 - "Oh What a Lovely War" closes at Broadhurst NYC after 125 performances
1965 - "Outer Limits" last airs on ABC-TV
1965 - AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-14
1965 - The Searchers' "Love Potion Number 9" peaks at #3
1965 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1966 - Harold R Perry becomes 2nd black Roman Catholic bishop in US
1966 - Metropolitan Opera House opens in Lincoln Center
1967 - 1st black government installed in Bahamas
1967 - Lucius Amerson, becomes 1st southern (Ala) black sheriff in 20th cent
1968 - 21st NHL All-Star Game: Toronto beat All-Stars 4-3 at Toronto
Playwright Tennessee WilliamsPlaywright Tennessee Williams 1968 - Jay Allen's "Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" premieres in NYC
1968 - The Youth International Party is founded.
1969 - Soviet Soyuz 4 & Soyuz 5 perform 1st transfer of crew in space
1970 - 4 months after leading a coup against monarchy, Muammar Gaddafi takes over rule of Libya
1970 - Curt Flood files a civil lawsuit challenging baseball's reserve clause
1970 - NFL realigns into 3 divisions (down from 4)
1970 - AAU player Steve Myers makes a basketball field goal of 92'3½" from out of bounds, Tacoma-it shouldn't have counted, but was allowed
1970 - Buckminster Fuller receives the Gold Medal award from the American Institute of Architects
1971 - Ard Schenk skates world record 1500m (1:58.7)
1972 - Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes European all-round lady skating champ
1972 - Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys-24, Miami-3 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Roger Staubach, Dallas, QB
Libyan Leader Muammar GaddafiLibyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi 1973 - NBC presents 440th & final showing of "Bonanza"
1973 - USSR's Lunakhod 2 begins radio-controlled exploration of Moon
1974 - "Jaws" by Peter Benchley is published by Doubleday
1974 - L A Landslide kills 9, Canyonville, Oregon
1976 - "Donny & Marie" [Osmond] musical variety show premieres on ABC TV
1976 - Peter Frampton released platinum live album "Frampton Comes Alive"
1977 - Cap's H Monahan scored on 2nd penalty shot against Islanders
1978 - 5th American Music Awards: Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac & C Twitty
1978 - Soyuz 27 returns to Earth
1979 - Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran for Egypt during the Iranian Revolution
1979 - Bakhtiar government established by the Shah in Iran will preside until unrest in the country subsides
1980 - Paul McCartney jailed in Tokyo for 10 days on marijuana possession
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Leon SpinksBoxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Leon Spinks 1981 - Boxer Leon Spinks is mugged, his assailants even took his gold teeth
1981 - John Lennon releases "Woman" in UK
1981 - Protestant gunmen shoot & wound Bernadette Devlin McAliskey & husband
1981 - Ivan Lendl intentionally loses a match in Volvo Masters in order to avoid having to play Bjorn Borg
1984 - 11th American Music Awards: Pat Benatar & Michael Jackson win
1984 - Paul & Linda McCartney arrested in Barbados-possession of cannabis
1985 - "Playboy" announces end of stapling centerfolds
1986 - Police arrested 3 IRA-terrorists in Amsterdam
1986 - First meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force.
1988 - 4th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
1988 - Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder fired from CBS for racial remarks
1988 - NFL St Louis Cardinals announce move to Phoenix
1989 - Police arrest writer Vaclav Havel in Prague
King of Pop Michael JacksonKing of Pop Michael Jackson 1989 - USSR announces plan for 2-yr manned mission to Mars
1989 - 5th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
1990 - 2 Bank of Credit & Commerce members plea guilty to money laundering
1991 - 7th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
1991 - US & 27 allies attack Iraq for occupying Kuwait (US time)
1992 - "Two Shakespearean Actors" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 29 performances
1993 - 25th NAACP Image Awards: "Boyz n the Hood" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
1994 - Scott skates world record 1000m (1:12.54)
1995 - UPN (Universal-Parmount Network) begins telecasting (WWOR in NYC)
1997 - Anthony Stuart takes ODI hat-trick, Aus v Pakistan, MCG
2001 - Congolese President Laurent-Désiré Kabila is assassinated by one of his own bodyguards.
2001 - US President Bill Clinton awards former President Theodore Roosevelt a posthumous Medal of Honor for his service in the Spanish-American War.
2001 - A fuel supply tanker runs aground off the island of San Cristobal, causing a 'ecological disaster'
Islamic Militant & Terrorist Osama bin LadenIslamic Militant & Terrorist Osama bin Laden 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.
2003 - The Space Shuttle Columbia takes off for mission STS-107 which would be its final one. Columbia disintegrated 16 days later on re-entry.
2005 - 62nd Golden Globes: The Aviator, Leonardo DiCaprio, & Hilary Swank win
2006 - Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia's new president. She becomes Africa's first female elected head of state.
2006 - 63rd Golden Globes: Brokeback Mountain, Philip Seymour Hoffman, & Felicity Huffman win
2011 - 68th Golden Globes: The Social Network, Colin Firth, & Natalie Portman win
2013 - 24 people die after three car bombs exploded in Idlib Governorate, Syria
2013 - A four day occupation of an Algerian BP facility by Amenas militants begins, killing 48 hostages
Actor Colin FirthActor Colin Firth 2013 - 25 people are killed after an apartment block collapses in Alexandria, Egypt
2014 - 19th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: 12 Years a Slave wins Best Film

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