Thursday, January 16, 2003
The Space Shuttle Columbia launches on its last mission STS-107. It disintegrated 16 days later.
Wednesday, January 16, 2002
In Sacramento, California, a commercial truck carrying evaporated milk is driven into the state capitol building killing the driver.
Tuesday, January 16, 1996
An Indonesian ferry sinks off the northern tip of Sumatra, drowning more than 100 people.
President of Sierra Leone Valentine Strasser is deposed by the chief of defence, Julius Maada Bio. Bio promises to restore power following elections scheduled for February.
The ''North Cape''
Oil Spill occurs as an engine fire forces the tugboat "Scandia" ashore on Moonstone Beach in South Kingstown, Rhode Island
. The ''North Cape''
Barge is pulled along with it and leaks 820,000 gallons of home heating oil.
An avalanche hits the village Súðavík in Iceland, killing 14 people.
Thursday, January 16, 1992
Tuesday, January 16, 1979
Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran flees Iran with his family, relocating to Egypt after a year of turmoil.
Thursday, January 16, 1969
Tuesday, January 16, 1962
Wednesday, January 16, 1957
Israel withdraws from the Sinai Peninsula (captured from Egypt on October 29, 1956).
Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser vows to reconquer Palestine.
Thursday, January 16, 1947
Wednesday, January 16, 1946
Charles de Gaulle resigns as a head of a French provisional government.
Saturday, January 16, 1943
officials announce they have broken the Wehrmacht
's siege of Leningrad.
WWII: British forces capture Tripoli from the Italians.
Duke Ellington plays at New York City's Carnegie Hall for the first time.
Critic and commentator Alexander Woollcott
suffers an eventually fatal heart attack during a regular broadcast of the CBS
program People's Platform.
declares war on the Axis
Actress Carole Lombard
and her mother are among those killed in a plane crash near Las Vegas, Nevada
, while returning from a tour to promote the sale of war bonds.
Two landmark live recordings are produced this day: the very first of Mahler's Ninth by the Vienna Philharmonic under Bruno Walter in the face of dire circumstance and Benny Goodman and his orchestra become the first jazz musicians to headline a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Thursday, January 16, 1936
Serial killer Albert Fish is executed in Sing Sing Prison.
Wednesday, January 16, 1935
The FBI kills the Barker Gang, including Ma Barker, in a shootout.
Saturday, January 16, 1926
A "BBC" radio play about a worker's revolution causes a panic in London.
Thursday, January 16, 1919
Motors is founded in England.
Saturday, January 16, 1909
Tuesday, January 16, 1906
Saturday, January 16, 1904
The first large-scale bodybuilding competition in America takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Saturday, January 16, 1886
A resolution is passed in the German Parliament, to condemn the Prussian deportations, the politically motivated mass expulsion of ethnic Poles and Jews from Prussia, initiated by Otto von Bismarck.
Tuesday, January 16, 1883
Saturday, January 16, 1864
Denmark rejects a Prussian-Austrian ultimatum to repeal the Danish Constitution, which says that Schleswig-Holstein is part of Denmark.Claus Bjørn Carsten Due-Nielsen, "Dansk Udenrigspolitiks Historie", 2nd edition, vol. III Fra Helstat til Nationalstat 1814-1914, Copenhagen: Gyldendal, 2006, pages 238–39
Saturday, January 16, 1847
John C. Fremont is appointed Governor of the new California Territory.
Saturday, January 16, 1796
The first Dutch (and general) elections are held for the National Assembly of the Batavian Republic (the next Dutch general elections are held in 1888).
February ndash The League of Armed Neutrality is formed between Denmark, Sweden, and Russia.
Thursday, January 16, 1716
Application of Nueva Planta decrees to Catalonia, making it subject to the laws of the Crown of Castile, concluding the unification of Spain under Philip V.
Sunday, January 6, 1572 (Julianian calendar)
Monday, January 6, 1556 (Julianian calendar)
Thursday, January 6, 1547 (Julianian calendar)
Thursday, January 7, 1412 (Julianian calendar)
family are made official bankers of the Papacy.
Saturday, January 8, 1362 (Julianian calendar)
The Grote Mandrenke storm tide strikes the Netherlands, England, Germany and Denmark, destroying the city of Rungholt in Nordfriesland, Germany.
Friday, January 9, 1120 (Julianian calendar)
Sunday, January 11, 929 (Julianian calendar)
Friday, January 14, 550 (Julianian calendar)
The main redaction of the Babylonian Talmud
is completed under Rabbis Ravina
Silk-producing technology reaches Constantinople (approximate date).
Two Christian missionaries smuggle a few silkworm larvae to Constantinople
from China (approximate date).