On This Day in History for January 16 (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 138 of 138

  • 1968 The Youth International Party is founded.
  • 1969 Soviet Soyuz 4 & Soyuz 5 perform 1st transfer of crew in space
  • 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

BattleCoup d'état

1970 4 months after leading a coup against monarchy, Muammar Gaddafi takes over rule of Libya

Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan Leader
Muammar Gaddafi
  • 1971 Ard Schenk skates world record 1500m (1:58.7)
  • 1973 USSR's Lunakhod 2 begins radio-controlled exploration of Moon

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1974 "Jaws" by Peter Benchley is published by Doubleday

Jaws Novelist Peter Benchley
Jaws Novelist
Peter Benchley
  • 1974 L A Landslide kills 9, Canyonville, Oregon
  • 1976 Peter Frampton released platinum live album "Frampton Comes Alive"
  • 1978 Soyuz 27 returns to Earth

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1979 Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran for Egypt during the Iranian Revolution

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • 1979 Bakhtiar government established by the Shah in Iran will preside until unrest in the country subsides
  • 1981 John Lennon releases "Woman" in UK
  • 1981 Protestant gunmen shoot & wound Bernadette Devlin McAliskey & husband
  • 1985 "Playboy" announces end of stapling centerfolds
  • 1986 Police arrested 3 IRA-terrorists in Amsterdam
  • 1986 First meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force.
  • 1989 Police arrest writer Vaclav Havel in Prague
  • 1989 USSR announces plan for 2-yr manned mission to Mars
  • 1990 2 Bank of Credit & Commerce members plea guilty to money laundering
  • 1991 US & 27 allies attack Iraq for occupying Kuwait (US time)
  • 1992 Chapultepec Peace Accords are signed in Mexico City which ends the 12-year Salvadoran Civil War
  • 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'

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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.

Islamic Militant & Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant & Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • 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 At 66 years old, Romanian university lecturer Adriana Illiescu becomes the oldest birth mother in the world

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

Africa's First Elected Female Head of State Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Africa's First Elected Female Head of State
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

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2011 French politician Marine Le Pen becomes the leader of the National Front Party

President of the National Front Party Marine Le Pen
President of the National Front Party
Marine Le Pen
  • 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
  • 2013 25 people are killed after an apartment block collapses in Alexandria, Egypt
  • 2016 First ever flower grown in space - a zinnia aboard the International Space Station using NASA Veggie system

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