On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 2016

Historical Events

  • After floods along the Mississippi River kill 31, Exxon Mobil Corp decides to close a plant in flood threatened Memphis
  • Dubai skyscraper "The Address" burns as the New Year is rung in. Fire started on the 31st.

Famous Deaths

  • Dale Bumpers, American politician (Sen-D Arkansas, 1975-99), dies at 90
  • Fazu Aliyeva, Russian poet, novelist and journalist who helped develop Dagestani in Russian literature, dies from heart failure at 83
  • Michael G. Oxley, American politician (Rep-R-OH, 1981-2007), dies at 71
  • Vilmos Zsigmond, Hungarian-born American cinematographer (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), dies at 85
2016 Highlights

About January 1, 2016

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 4 years, 7 months and 13 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Capricorn