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.
  • 1412
    The Medici family is appointed official banker of the Papacy.
  • 1492
    The first grammar of the Spanish language is presented to Queen Isabella I.
  • 1547
    Ivan IV of Russia aka Ivan the Terrible becomes Tsar of Russia.
  • 1556
    Philip II becomes King of Spain.
  • 1707
    The Scottish Parliament ratifies the Act of Union, paving the way for the creation of Great Britain.
  • 1878
    Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878) – Battle of Philippopolis: Captain Burago with a squadron of Russian Imperial army dragoons liberates Plovdiv from Ottoman rule.
  • 1883
    The Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act, establishing the United States Civil Service, is passed.
  • 1896
    Defeat of Cymru Fydd at South Wales Liberal Federation AGM, Newport, Monmouthshire.
  • 1920
    The League of Nations holds its first council meeting in Paris.
  • 1938
    The Benny Goodman Orchestra performed the first jazz concert at Carnegie Hall.
  • 1942
    Crash of TWA Flight 3, killing all 22 aboard, including film star Carole Lombard.
  • 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.
  • 1970
    Buckminster Fuller receives the Gold Medal award from the American Institute of Architects.
  • 1986
    First meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force.
  • 1991
    The United States goes to war with Iraq, beginning the Gulf War (U.S. Time).
  • 2001
    Congolese President Laurent-Désiré Kabila is assassinated by one of his own bodyguards.
  • 2001
    US President Bill Clinton awards former President Theodore Roosevelt a posthumous Medal of Honor for his service in the Spanish-American War.
  • 2006
    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia’s new president. She becomes Africa’s first female elected head of state.

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