What Happened on July 16

Historical Events

  • 622 Muslim Era begins - Muhammad begins flight from Mecca to Medina (Hijra)
  • 1519 Public debate between Martin Luther and theologian Johann Eck at Pleissenburg Castle in Liepzig, during which Luther denies the divine right of the Pope
  • 1809 La Paz, Bolivia declares its independence from the Spanish Crown and forms the Junta Tuitiva led by Pedro Domingo Murillo, the 1st independent government in Spanish America

Jul 16 in Film & TV

  • 2017 BBC announces first ever female Doctor Who will be played by Jodie Whittaker

Jul 16 in Music

  • 1782 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera "Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio)" premieres in Vienna with Mozart conducting

Jul 16 in Sport

  • 2017 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Marin Čilić 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 for a record 8th Wimbledon men's title

Did You Know?

1st banknotes in Europe are issued by Bank of Stockholm

On July 16, 1661

Would You Believe?

Kissing is banned in England (to stop the Black Death from spreading)

On July 16, 1439

Famous Weddings

  • 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 American actress Vera Miles (30) weds American actor-director-screenwriter Keith Larsen (36); divorce in 1971

Famous Divorces

  • 2001 American "Kate & Leopold" actress Meg Ryan (38) divorces American "Great Balls of Fire!" actor Dennis Quaid (46) after 10 years of marriage
  • 2012 British actor-comedian Russell Brand (36) divorces American pop star Katy Perry (27) due to irreconcilable differences a year after the fairy-tale wedding in India

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