Date History - On this day in history

What happened today in history

Born on this day - July 16th

1968 - Larry Sanger, American co-founder of Wikipedia

1964 - Phil Hellmuth, American poker player

1959 - Gary Anderson, South African-born American football player

1948 - Ruben Blades, Panamanian actor, musician, and politician

1943 - Reinaldo Arenas, Cuban poet, novelist, and playwright (d. 1990)

1932 - Richard Thornburgh, American politician

1911 - Sonny Tufts, American actor (d. 1970)

1903 - Mary Philbin, American actress (d. 1993)

1889 - Shoeless Joe Jackson, American baseball player (d. 1951)

1872 - Roald Amundsen, Norwegian explorer (d. 1928)

1722 - Joseph Wilton, English sculptor (d. 1803)

Died on this day - July 16th

2002 - John Cocke, American computer scientist (b. 1925)

1995 - Stephen Spender, British poet (b. 1909)

1985 - Heinrich Böll, German writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1917)

1943 - Itzik Wittenberg, first commander of the United Partisan Organization in Vilna (b. 1909)

1729 - Johann David Heinichen, German composer (b. 1683)

1630 - Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy (b. 1562)

Events on this day - July 16th

2004 - A fire at a private school in Kumbakonam, India kills over 90 children.

1997 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average gains 63.17 to close at 8,038.88, closing above 8,000 for the first time.

1983 - Sikorsky S-61 disaster: helicopter crash off the Isles of Scilly, causing 20 fatalities.

1963 - Timothy Leary takes LSD for the first time.

1942 - Holocaust: The Vichy France government headed by Pierre Laval orders French police officers to round up 13,000-20,000 Jews and imprison them in the Winter Velodrome.

1790 - The signing of the Residence Bill establishes a site along the Potomac River as the District of Columbia (seat of government).

1661 - The first banknotes in Europe are issued by the Bank of Stockholm.



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