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Notable Historical Events on January 16th

1832Charles Darwin lands at San Tiago, Cape Verde

1980Paul McCartney jailed in Tokyo for 10 days on marijuana possession

1963Tennessee Williams' "Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore," premieres

1979Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran for Egypt during the Iranian Revolution

1974"Jaws" by Peter Benchley is published

1897John Dewey's essay "My Pedagogic Creed" appears in School Journal

1981Ivan Lendl intentionally loses a match in Volvo Masters in order to avoid having to play Bjorn Borg

27 BCThe title Augustus is bestowed upon Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian by the Roman Senate.

198411th American Music Award: Pat Benatar & Michael Jackson win

1493Columbus leaves the new world and sets sail for Spain on his 1st trip

1931Bradman scores 223 Australia v WI, 297 mins, 26 fours

19785th American Music Award: Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac & C Twitty

2006Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia's new president. She becomes Africa's first female elected head of state.

1952US Standard Board clears Stan Musial to get an $85,000 salary

1963Khrushchev claims to have a 100-megaton nuclear bomb

1925Leon Trotsky dismissed as CEO of Russian Revolution Military Council

1981Boxer Leon Spinks is mugged, his assailants even took his gold teeth

2002The 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.

January 16th Historical Events
Date Event
27
The title Augustus is bestowed upon Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian by the Roman Senate. 
BC
AD
550
Gothic War (535-552): The Ostrogoths, under King Totila, conquer Rome after a long siege, by bribing the Isaurian garrison. 
1120
The Council of Nablus is held, establishing the earliest surviving written laws of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. 
1219
Floods in Northern Netherlands after storm, 1,000s killed 
1362
A great storm tide in the North Sea destroys the German island of Strand and the city of Rungholt. 
1412
The Medici family is appointed official banker of the Papacy. 
1492
The first grammar of a modern language, in the Spanish language, is presented to Queen Isabella. 
1493
Columbus leaves the new world and sets sail for Spain on his 1st trip 
1531
English Reformation parliament's 2nd sitting 
1547
Ivan IV the Terrible (17) crowns himself 1st tsar of Moscow 
1556
Emperor Karel appoints his son Philip II, 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. 
1581
English parliament passes laws against Catholicism 
1756
England & Prussia sign Treaty of Westminster 
1761
The British capture Pondicherry, India from the French. 
1765
Charles Messier catalogs M41 (galactic cluster in Canis Major) 
1776
Continental Congress approves enlistment of free blacks 
1777
Vermont declares independence from NY 
1780
Battle at Cape St Vincent: admiral Rodney beats Spanish fleet 
1793
French King Louis XVI sentenced to death by the National Convention during the French Revolution 
1795
French army under Pichegru occupies Utrecht Neth 
1809
Peninsular War: The British defeat the French at the Battle of Corunna 
1819
Godert baron van der de Capellen becomes governor of Dutch-Indies 
1832
Charles Darwin lands at San Tiago, Cape Verde 
1847
John C. Fremont is appointed Governor of the new California Territory. 
1863
-Aug 23rd) Cruise of CSS Florida 
1864
Heavy fighting takes place near Dandridge, Tennessee 
1865
Drunken sailor attacks munitions at Ft Fisher NC, 40 die 
1865
Gen Wm Sherman issues Field Order #15 (land for blacks) 
1865
SF Dramatic Chronicle started 
1868
Refrigerator car patented by William Davis, a fish dealer in Detroit 
1870
Virginia becomes 8th state readmitted to US after Civil War 
1871
Jefferson Long of Georgia sworn in as 2nd black congressman 
1877
Color organ (for light shows) patented, by Bainbridge Bishop 
1878
Captain Burago with a squadron of Russian Imperial army dragoons liberates Plovdiv from Ottoman rule. 
1879
January record 13" of snow falls in NYC (broken Jan 7, 1996) 
1883
Pendleton Act creates basis of US Civil Service system 
1883
Quebec Rugby Football Union forms 
1887
Cliff House damaged when schooner "Parallel"'s powder cargo explodes 
1889
128°F (53°C), Cloncurry, Queensland (Australian record) 
1896
Defeat of Cymru Fydd at South Wales Liberal Federation AGM, Newport, Monmouthshire. 
1897
John Dewey's essay "My Pedagogic Creed" appears in School Journal 
1900
The United States Senate accepts the Anglo-German treaty of 1899 in which the United Kingdom renounces its claims to the Samoan islands. 
1900
The US gains control over Tutuila in Samoa and several smaller Pacific islands 
1905
Baseball outfielder Frank Huelsman completes eighth transaction in 8 months 
1905
Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Dawson City (Yukon) in 2 games Ottawa Silver 7 beats Dawson City (Yukon) 23-2 for Stanley Cup, this is most lopsided playoff game, Frank McGee scores 14 goals 
1906
-Apr 13] Conference of Algeciras (about Morocco) 
1908
Pinnacles National Monument, California established 
1909
British explorers David, Mawson & Mackay reach south magnetic pole as part of the Nimrod Expedition 
1911
Pandora becomes 1st 2-man sailboat to round Cape Horn west to east 
1913
British House of Commons accepts Home-Rule for Ireland 
1914
Writer Maksim Gorki returns to Russia 
1915
Congress authorizes $1 & $50 Panama-Pacific Intl Expo gold coin 
1917
The Greek Government accepts reparations for Allied losses sustained in recent actions in Greece 
1919
Prohibition ratified by 3/4 of states; Nebraska is 36th 
1919
18th Amendment ratified in the US to bring in prohibition; repealed in 1933 
1920
1st assembly of the League of Nations (Paris) 
1920
Georgia declares independence 
1925
Gen M Froense replaces Trotsky as People's Commissioner of Defense 
1925
Leon Trotsky dismissed as CEO of Russian Revolution Military Council 
1931
Bradman scores 223 Australia v WI, 297 mins, 26 fours 
1933
Bert Oldfield flattened by Larwood delivery in Adelaide Test 
1936
1st photo finish camera installed at Hialeah Race track in Hialeah Fla 
1936
Screen Actors Guild incorporates with King Vidor as president 
1936
Spanish socialists/communists/anarchists form Unidad Popular 
1938
1st jazz concert was held at Carnegie Hall (Benny Goodman) 
1941
US vice admiral Bellinger warns of an assault on Pearl Harbor 
1941
War Dept forms 1st Army Air Corps squadron for black cadets 
1942
William Knudsen becomes 1st civilian appointed a general in US army 
1943
-60°F (-51°C), Island Park Dam, Idaho (state record) 
1943
1st US air raid on Ambon 
1943
German 2nd SS-Pantzer division evacuates Charkow 
1943
Red Army recaptures Pitomnik airport at Stalingrad 
1944
Gen Eisenhower took command of Allied Invasion Force in London 
1945
Scottish 52nd land division/1st Commando brigade-assault at Heinsberg 
1945
US 1st & 3rd army meet at Houffalise 
1947
Vincent Aurial elected president of France 
1948
35 Haganah members are ambushed & killed in Gush Etzyon 
1949
"Rape of Lucretia" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 23 perfs 
1949
KNBH (now KNBC) TV channel 4 in Los Angeles, CA (NBC) 1st broadcast 
1949
WTOP (now WUSA) TV channel 9 in Washington, DC (CBS) 1st broadcast 
1950
Belgium, Luxembourg & Netherlands recognize Israel 
1951
Viet Minh offensive against Hanoi 
1951
World's largest gas pipeline opens (Brownsville Tx, to 134th St, NYC) 
1952
New Dutch bible translation finished 
1952
US Standard Board clears Stan Musial to get an $85,000 salary 
1953
27th Australian Womens Tennis: Maureen Connolly beat J Sampson (6-3 6-2) 
1953
41st Australian Mens Tennis: Ken Rosewall beats Mervyn Rose (6-0 6-3 6-4) 
1953
Egyptian Premier Gen Naguib disbands all political parties 
1953
KXLY TV channel 4 in Spokane, WA (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting 
1954
"South Pacific" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 1928 performances 
1955
Jackie Pung wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open 
1955
NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 26-19 
1956
Egyptian pres Nasser pledges to reconquer Palestine 
1957
3 B-52s leave California for 1st non-stop round world flights 
1957
Cavern Club opens on Matthews Street in Liverpool, England, home of The Beatles' 1st appearance 
1958
William Gibson's "Two for the Seesaw," premieres in NYC 
1961
"Conquering Hero" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 8 performances 
1961
Russian espionage ring detected in Great Britain 
1962
Shooting begins on "Dr No" 
1962
Suit accuses NYC Board of Education uses "racial quotas" 
1963
Khrushchev claims to have a 100-megaton nuclear bomb 
1963
Tennessee Williams' "Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore," premieres 
1964
"Hello, Dolly!" opens at St James Theater NYC for 2,844 performances 
1964
AL owners vote 9-1 against Charlie Finley moving KC A's to Louisville 
1965
"Oh What a Lovely War" closes at Broadhurst NYC after 125 performances 
1965
"Outer Limits" last airs on ABC-TV 
1965
AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-14 
1965
Searchers' "Love Potion #9" peaks at #3 
1965
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1966
Harold R Perry becomes 2nd black Roman Catholic bishop in US 
1966
Metropolitan Opera House opens in Lincoln Center 
1967
1st black government installed in Bahamas 
1967
Lucius Amerson, becomes 1st southern (Ala) black sheriff in 20th cent 
1968
21st NHL All-Star Game: Toronto beat All-Stars 4-3 at Toronto 
1968
Jay Allen's "Prime of Miss Jean Brodie," premieres in NYC 
1968
The Youth International Party is founded. 
1969
Soviet Soyuz 4 & Soyuz 5 perform 1st transfer of crew in space 
1970
Col Kadhaffi becomes premier of Libya 
1970
Curt Flood files a civil lawsuit challenging baseball's reserve clause 
1970
NFL realigns into 3 divisions (down from 4) 
1970
AAU player Steve Myers makes a basketball field goal of 92'3½" from out of bounds, Tacoma-it shouldn't have counted, but was allowed 
1970
Buckminster Fuller receives the Gold Medal award from the American Institute of Architects. 
1971
Ard Schenk skates world record 1500m (1:58.7) 
1972
Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes European all-round lady skating champ 
1972
Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys-24, Miami-3 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Roger Staubach, Dallas, QB 
1973
NBC presents 440th & final showing of "Bonanza" 
1973
USSR's Lunakhod 2 begins radio-controlled exploration of Moon 
1974
"Jaws" by Peter Benchley is published 
1974
L A Landslide kills 9, Canyonville, Oregon 
1976
"Donny & Marie" [Osmond] musical variety show premieres on ABC TV 
1976
Peter Frampton released platinum live album "Frampton Comes Alive" 
1977
Cap's H Monahan scored on 2nd penalty shot against Islanders 
1978
5th American Music Award: Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac & C Twitty 
1978
Soyuz 27 returns to Earth 
1979
Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran for Egypt during the Iranian Revolution 
1979
Shah leaves Iran on vacation, never to return; Bakhtiar government established by the Shah to preside until unrest subsides 
1980
Paul McCartney jailed in Tokyo for 10 days on marijuana possession 
1981
Boxer Leon Spinks is mugged, his assailants even took his gold teeth 
1981
John Lennon releases "Woman" in UK 
1981
Protestant gunmen shoot & wound Bernadette Devlin McAliskey & husband 
1981
Ivan Lendl intentionally loses a match in Volvo Masters in order to avoid having to play Bjorn Borg 
1984
11th American Music Award: Pat Benatar & Michael Jackson win 
1984
Paul & Linda McCartney arrested in Barbados-possession of cannabis 
1985
"Playboy" announces end of stapling centerfolds 
1986
Police arrested 3 IRA-terrorists in Amsterdam 
1986
First meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force. 
1988
4th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins 
1988
Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder fired from CBS for racial remarks 
1988
NFL St Louis Cardinals announce move to Phoenix 
1989
Police arrest writer Vaclav Havel in Prague 
1989
USSR announces plan for 2-yr manned mission to Mars 
1989
5th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins 
1990
2 Bank of Credit & Commerce members plea guilty to money laundering 
1991
7th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins 
1991
US & 27 allies attack Iraq for occupying Kuwait (US time) 
1992
"2 Shakespearean Actors" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 29 performances 
1994
Scott skates world record 1000m (1:12.54) 
1995
UPN (Universal-Parmount Network) begins telecasting (WWOR in NYC) 
1997
Anthony Stuart takes ODI hat-trick, Aus v Pakistan, MCG 
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. 
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. 
2003
The Space Shuttle Columbia takes off for mission STS-107 which would be its final one. Columbia disintegrated 16 days later on re-entry. 
2006
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia's new president. She becomes Africa's first female elected head of state. 
2013
24 people are dead after three car bombs exploded in Idlib Governorate, Syria 
2013
A four day occupation of an Algerian BP facility by Amenas militants begins, killing 48 hostages 
2013
25 people are killed after an apartment block collapses in Alexandria, Egypt 
2016
12 Marines missing after helicopters collide off Hawaii 
2016
Burkina Faso terror: Security forces raid besieged hotel, free 63 hostages 
2016
Drug trial participant brain dead, 5 others hospitalized in France 
2016
Patriots to 5th Straight AFC Title Game, Beat Chiefs 27-20 
2016
Federal Emergency Is Declared in Flint, MI Over Contaminated Water 
2016
Iran Complies With Nuclear Deal; Sanctions Are Lifted 
2016
12 Marines missing after helicopters collide off Hawaii 
2016
Burkina Faso terror: Security forces raid besieged hotel, free 63 hostages 
2017
At Least 30 Dead After Turkish Cargo Plane Crashes in Kyrgyzstan 
2017
South Korea Prosecutor Seeks Arrest of Samsung Group Leader in Bribery Case 
2017
Eight billionaires 'as rich as world's poorest half' 
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