On This Day

What Happened on July 16

Important 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 liturgy. Often dated start of the East-West Schism.
  • 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
  • 1940 Adolf Hitler orders preparations for the invasion of Britain (Operation Sealion)
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July 16 in Film & TV

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

July 16 in Music

July 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

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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