About January 16

January 16, 2021 is the 16th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 349 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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Capricorn is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 27 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On January 16

  • 929
    Emir Abd-ar-Rahman III established the Caliphate of Cordoba.
  • 1120
    The Council of Nablus is held, establishing the earliest surviving written laws of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem.
  • 1362
    A storm tide in the North Sea destroys the German city of Rungholt on the island of Strand.
  • 1412
    The Medici family is appointed official banker of the Papacy.
  • 1547
    Ivan IV of Russia aka Ivan the Terrible becomes Tsar of Russia.
  • 1556
    Philip II becomes King of Spain.
  • 1572
    Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk is tried for treason for his part in the Ridolfi plot to restore Catholicism in England.
  • 1707
    The Scottish Parliament ratifies the Act of Union, paving the way for the creation of Great Britain.
  • 1847
    John C. Fremont is appointed Governor of the new California Territory.
  • 1896
    Defeat of Cymru Fydd at South Wales Liberal Federation AGM, Newport, Monmouthshire.
  • 1909
    Ernest Shackleton’s expedition finds the magnetic South Pole.
  • 1920
    The League of Nations holds its first council meeting in Paris.
  • 1924
    Eleftherios Venizelos becomes Prime Minister of Greece for the fourth time.
  • 1968
    The Youth International Party is founded.
  • 1969
    Czech student Jan Palach commits suicide by self-immolation in Prague, in protest against the Soviets’ crushing of the Prague Spring the year before.
  • 1969
    Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 perform the first-ever docking of manned spacecraft in orbit, the first-ever transfer of crew from one space vehicle to another, and the only time such a transfer was accomplished with a space walk.
  • 1970
    Buckminster Fuller receives the Gold Medal award from the American Institute of Architects.
  • 1979
    The Shah of Iran flees Iran with his family and relocates to Egypt.
  • 1992
    El Salvador officials and rebel leaders sign the Chapultepec Peace Accords in Mexico City ending the 12-year Salvadoran civil war that claimed at least 75,000.
  • 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.

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