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July 16 Historical Events

The following events took place on July 16. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 48 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 622
    The beginning of the Islamic calendar.
  • 1054
    Three Roman legates break relations between Western and Eastern Christian Churches through the act of placing an invalidly-issued Papal bull of Excommunication on the altar of Hagia Sophia during Saturday afternoon divine liturgy. Historians frequently describe the event as the start of the East–West Schism.
  • 1212
    Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa: After Pope Innocent III calls European knights to a crusade, forces of Kings Alfonso VIII of Castile, Sancho VII of Navarre, Peter II of Aragon and Afonso II of Portugal defeat those of the Berber Muslim leader Almohad, thus marking a significant turning point in the Reconquista and in the medieval history of Spain.
  • 1377
    Coronation of Richard II of England.
  • 1661
    The first banknotes in Europe are issued by the Swedish bank Stockholms Banco.
  • 1683
    Manchu Qing dynasty naval forces under traitorous commander Shi Lang defeat the Kingdom of Tungning in the Battle of Penghu near the Pescadores Islands.
  • 1769
    Father Junípero Serra founds California’s first mission, Mission San Diego de Alcalá. Over the following decades, it evolves into the city of San Diego, California.
  • 1779
    American Revolutionary War: Light infantry of the Continental Army seize a fortified British Army position in a midnight bayonet attack at the Battle of Stony Point.
  • 1782
    First performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail.
  • 1790
    The District of Columbia is established as the capital of the United States after signature of the Residence Act.
  • 1809
    The city of La Paz, in what is today Bolivia, declares its independence from the Spanish Crown during the La Paz revolution and forms the Junta Tuitiva, the first independent government in Spanish America, led by Pedro Domingo Murillo.
  • 1849
    Antonio María Claret y Clará founded the Congregation of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, popularly known as the Claretians in Vic, in the province of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: At the order of President Abraham Lincoln, Union troops begin a 25-mile march into Virginia for what will become the First Battle of Bull Run, the first major land battle of the war.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: David Farragut is promoted to rear admiral, becoming the first officer in United States Navy to hold an admiral rank.
  • 1909
    Persian Constitutional Revolution: Mohammad Ali Shah Qajar is forced out as Shah of Persia and is replaced by his son Ahmad Shah Qajar.
  • 1910
    John Robertson Duigan makes the first flight of the Duigan pusher biplane, the first aircraft built in Australia.
  • 1915
    Henry James becomes a British citizen, to highlight his commitment to Britain during the first World War.
  • 1915
    First Order of the Arrow ceremony takes place and the Order of the Arrow is founded.
  • 1927
    Augusto César Sandino leads a raid on U.S. Marines and Nicaraguan Guardia Nacional that had been sent to apprehend him in the village of Ocotal, but is repulsed by one of the first dive-bombing attacks in history.
  • 1931
    Emperor Haile Selassie signs the first constitution of Ethiopia.
  • 1935
    The world’s first parking meter is installed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • 1941
    Joe DiMaggio hits safely for the 56th consecutive game, a streak that still stands as a MLB record.
  • 1942
    Holocaust: Vel‘ d'Hiv Roundup (Rafle du Vel’d'Hiv): The government of Vichy France orders the mass arrest of 13,152 Jews who are held at the Winter Velodrome in Paris before deportation to Auschwitz.
  • 1945
    World War II: The heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis leaves San Francisco with parts for the atomic bomb “Little Boy” bound for Tinian Island.
  • 1945
    Manhattan Project: The Atomic Age begins when the United States successfully detonates a plutonium-based test nuclear weapon near Alamogordo, New Mexico.
  • 1948
    Following token resistance, the city of Nazareth, revered by Christians as the hometown of Jesus, capitulates to Israeli troops during Operation Dekel in the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.
  • 1948
    The storming of the cockpit of the Miss Macao passenger seaplane, operated by a subsidiary of the Cathay Pacific Airways, marks the first aircraft hijacking of a commercial plane.
  • 1950
    Chaplain–Medic massacre: American POWs were massacred by North Korean Army.
  • 1951
    King Leopold III of Belgium abdicates in favor of his son, Baudouin I of Belgium.
  • 1951
    The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger is published for the first time by Little, Brown and Company.

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