On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1988 Florence Joyner runs 100m in women's world record 10.49 seconds
  • 1988 San Antonio (Texas League) beats Jackson 1-0 in 26 innings
  • 1989 South Africa's largest labour federation, the Congress of South African Trade Unions, holds its third annual congress and intensifies its campaign against apartheid
  • 1990 400 die in a (7.7) earthquake in the Philippines
  • 1990 Civil trial by parents of Suicide victims against Judas Priest begins
  • 1990 NYC's Empire State Building catches fire-no fatalities
  • 1990 Ukraine declares independence

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1990 The ANC send a report on police violence to President F. W. de Klerk and demanded an end to "the shocking inhumanity" of police action in rural areas of South Africa

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
  • 1993 President Lissouba calls emergency rule in Congo-Brazzaville
  • 1993 S van Ruysdael's "Winter Landscape" sold for £705,500 in London
  • 1994 Comet Shoemaker-Levy 1st collides with Jupiter (collisions continue until 22 July)
  • 1994 Spanish fishing boats sink a French fishing boat over fishing rights

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1999 John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette are killed in a plane crash off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. The Piper Saratoga aircraft was piloted by Kennedy.

Publisher and Lawyer John F. Kennedy Jr.
Publisher and Lawyer
John F. Kennedy Jr.
  • 2004 Millennium Park, considered the first and most ambitious architectural project in the early 21st century for Chicago, is opened to the public by Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Book releaseHistoric Publication

2005 "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", the 6th book in the series by J. K. Rowling, is published worldwide. 9 million copies sell in 24 hrs

Novelist J. K. Rowling
Novelist
J. K. Rowling
  • 2007 An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 and aftershock of 6.6 occurs off the Niigata coast, Japan, killing 8 people with at least 800 injured and damaging a nuclear power plant. See 2007 Chūetsu offshore earthquake.
  • 2008 Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim is arrested on sodomy charges in Malaysia
  • 2011 NASA's Dawn space probe enters orbit around the protoplanet Vesta
  • 2013 27 children are killed and 25 are hospitalized after eating lunch contaminated with insecticide in India

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2014 Bashar al-Assad is sworn in for a third term as President of Syria

President of Syria Bashar al-Assad
President of Syria
Bashar al-Assad
  • 2014 Death toll within Gaza surpasses 200 people following air strikes by Israel
  • 2014 Hamas and Islamic Jihad offer Israel a 10-year truce with 10 conditions, which include lifting the blockade and the release of prisoners; it is rejected
  • 2014 Israel intensifies strikes on Gaza
  • 2015 Scientists reveal 1st close-up pictures of Pluto, sent by the New Horizons probe
  • 2015 Shootings in Chattanooga at a US military recruitment centre and a naval reserve training center kill 5 and injure others

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2016 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump announces Indiana governor Mike Pence as his Vice Presidential running mate

48th Vice President of the United States Mike Pence
48th Vice President of the United States
Mike Pence
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Conference meetingSummit of Interest

2018 US President Donald Trump appears to accept the word of Russian President Vladimir Putin over US intelligence services about Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, in an interview after the two leader's Helsinki Summit

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • 2018 12 new moons discovered orbiting Jupiter bringing planet's moon total to 79, by scientists at Carnegie Institution for Science
  • 2018 Historic cemetery (1878-1911) announced discovered near Houston, Texas, containing 95 remains though to be African Americans forced into labour

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