January 16 Events in History - January 16 Birthdays - January 16 Deaths
2015 New U.S. rules loosening trade restrictions with Cuba go into effect today, including permission to sell instruments, tools, equipment and supplies to private businesses; U.S. banks will also be given greater freedom to transact with Cuban banks
2014 A report from the U.S. Senate on the 2012 Benghazi attack that killed ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, determines that the attack was 'likely preventable'
2014 Retailer J.C. Penney announces plans to restore profits by cutting 2,000 jobs and close 33 of its 1,100 mid-market department stores
2013 Canada's Cirque du Soleil cuts 400 jobs due to strong loonie and surging costs
2013 Ken Salazar, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, announces he will leave his post at the end of March, 2013
2012 The English Wikipedia protests anti-piracy legislation proposed by the U.S. Congress by shutting down its website
2012 Customers of online shoe retailer Zappos must change their passwords after Zappos reports hackers accessed up to 24 million customer accounts
2011 After 41 years in power, Libya's Muammar al-Gaddafi is less than 24 months away from being world's longest-serving leader
2011 In one of the biggest upsets in NFL history, the New York Jets defeat the New England Patriots
2005 Adriana Iliescu becomes the oldest woman in the world to give birth at 66
2005 George W. Bush is inaugurated for his second term as President of the United States
1997 Anthony Stuart takes ODI hat-trick, Aus vs. Pakistan, MCG
1995 UPN (Universal-Parmount Network) begins telecasting (WWOR in New York City)
1994 Scott skates world record 1000m (1:12.54)
1992 "2 Shakespearean Actors" opens at Cort Theater New York City for 29 performances
1991 7th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Live wins
1991 U.S. and 27 allies attack Iraq for occupying Kuwait (U.S. time)
1990 2 Bank of Credit and Commerce members plea guilty to money laundering
1989 Police arrest writer Vaclav Havel in Prague
1989 U.S.S.R. announces plan for 2-yr manned mission to Mars
1988 4th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Live wins
1988 Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder fired from CBS for racial remarks
1988 NFL St. Louis Cardinals announce move to Phoenix
1986 Police arrested 3 IRA-terrorists in Amsterdam
1985 "Playboy" announces end of stapling centerfolds
1984 Paul and Linda McCartney arrested in Barbados for possession of cannabis
1981 Boxer Leon Spinks is mugged, his assailants even took his gold teeth
1981 John Lennon releases "Woman" in the United Kingdom
1981 Protestant gunmen shoot and wound Bernadette Devlin McAliskey and husband
1981 Ivan Lendl intentionally loses a match in Volvo Masters in order to avoid having to play Bjorn Borg
1980 Paul McCartney jailed in Tokyo for 10 days on marijuana possession
1979 Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi of Iran flees Iran for Egypt
1978 5th American Music Award: Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac and C Twitty
1978 Soyuz 27 returns to Earth
1977 Cap's H Monahan scored on 2nd penalty shot against Islanders
1976 "Donny and Marie" [Osmond] musical variety show premieres on ABC TV
1976 Peter Frampton released platinum live album "Frampton Comes Alive"
1974 "Jaws" by Peter Benchley is published
1974 L A Landslide kills 9, Canyonville, Oregon
1974 New York Yankees Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford elected to Hall of Fame
1973 NBC presents 440th and final showing of "Bonanza"
1973 U.S.S.R.'s Lunakhod 2 begins radio-controlled exploration of Moon
1972 Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes European all-round lady skating champ
1972 Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys-24, Miami-3 in New Orleans Superbowl MVP: Roger Staubach, Dallas, QB
1971 Ard Schenk skates world record 1500m (1:58.7)
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 92'3 " from out of bounds, Tacoma-it shouldn't have counted, but was allowed
1969 Soviet Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 perform 1st transfer of crew in space
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 New York City
1967 1st black government installed in Bahamas
1967 Lucius Amerson, becomes 1st southern (Ala) black sheriff in 20th cent
1966 Harold R Perry becomes 2nd black Roman Catholic bishop in US
1966 Metropolitan Opera House opens in Lincoln Center
1965 "Oh What a Lovely War" closes at Broadhurst New York City 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 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1964 "Hello, Dolly!" opens at St. James Theater New York City for 2,844 performances
1964 AL owners vote 9-1 against Charlie Finley moving Kansas City A's to Louisville
1963 Khrushchev claims to have a 100-megaton nuclear bomb
1963 Tennessee Williams' "Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore," premieres
1962 Shooting begins on "Dr. No"
1962 Suit accuses New York City Board of Education uses "racial quotas"
1961 "Conquering Hero" opens at ANTA Theater New York City for 8 performances
1961 Russian espionage ring detected in Great Britain
1958 William Gibson's "Two for the Seesaw," premieres in New York City
1957 3 B-52s leave California for 1st non-stop round world flights
1957 Cavern Club (Beatle's) opens on Matthews Street in England
1956 Egyptian President Nasser pledges to reconquer Palestine
1955 Jackie Pung wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open
1955 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 26-19
1954 "South Pacific" closes at Majestic Theater New York City after 1928 performances
1953 27th Australian Womens Tennis: Maureen Connolly beat J Sampson (63 62)
1953 41st Australian Mens Tennis: Ken Rosewall beats Mervyn Rose (60 63 64)
1953 Egyptian Premier General Naguib disbands all political parties
1953 KXLY TV channel 4 in Spokane, WA (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
1952 New Dutch bible translation finished
1952 U.S. Standard Board clears Stan Musial to get an $85,000 salary
1951 Viet Minh offensive against Hanoi
1951 World's largest gas pipeline opens (Brownsville Tx, to 134th St, New York City)
1950 Belgium, Luxembourg and Netherlands recognize Israel
1949 KNBH (now KNBC) TV channel 4 in Los Angeles, California (NBC) 1st broadcast
1949 WTOP (now WUSA) TV channel 9 in Washington, D.C. (CBS) 1st broadcast
1948 35 Haganah members are ambushed and killed in Gush Etzyon
1947 Vincent Aurial elected president of France
1945 Scottish 52nd land division/1st Commando brigade-assault at Heinsberg
1945 U.S. 1st and 3rd army meet at Houffalise
1944 General Eisenhower took command of Allied Invasion Force in London
1943 -60 degrees F (-51 degrees C), Island Park Dam, Idaho (state record)
1943 1st U.S. air raid on Ambon
1943 German 2nd SS-Pantzer division evacuates Charkow
1943 Red Army recaptures Pitomnik airport at Stalingrad
1942 William Knudsen becomes 1st civilian appointed a general in U.S. army
1941 U.S. Vice Admiral Bellinger warns of an assault on Pearl Harbor
1941 War Department forms 1st Army Air Corps squadron for black cadets
1939 Comic strip "Superman" debuts
1938 Benny Goodman refuses to play Carnegie Hall when black members of his band were barred from performing
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
1933 Bert Oldfield flattened by Larwood delivery in Adelaide Test
1931 Bradman scores 223 Australia vs. WI, 297 minutes, 26 fours
1925 General M Froense replaces Trotsky as People's Commissioner of Defense
1925 Leon Trotsky dismissed as CEO of Russian Revolution Military Council
1920 18th Amendment, prohibition, goes into effect; repealed in 1933
1920 1st assembly of League of Nations in Paris
1920 Georgia declares independence
1919 Prohibition ratified by 3/4 of states; Nebraska is 36th
1915 Congress authorizes $1 and $50 Panama-Pacific International Expo gold coin
1914 Writer Maksim Gorki returns to Russia
1913 British House of Commons accepts Home-Rule for Ireland
1911 Pandora becomes 1st 2-man sailboat to round Cape Horn west to east
1909 British explorer Ernest Shackleton finds magnetic south pole
1909 David, Mawson and Mackay reach south magnetic pole
1908 Pinnacles National Monument, California established
1906 Conference of Algeciras (about Morocco)
1905 Baseball outfielder Frank Huelsman traded for 6th time 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
1897 John Dewey's essay "My Pedagogic Creed" appears in School Journal
1889 128 degrees F (53 degrees C), Cloncurry, Queensland (Australian record)
1887 Cliff House damaged when schooner "Parallel"'s powder cargo explodes
1883 Pendleton Act creates basis of U.S. Civil Service system
1883 Quebec Rugby Football Union forms
1879 January record 13" of snow falls in New York City (broken Jan 7, 1996)
1877 Color organ (for light shows) patented, by Bainbridge Bishop
1871 Jefferson Long of Georgia sworn in as 2nd black congressman
1870 Virginia becomes 8th state readmitted to U.S. after Civil War
1868 Refrigerator car patented by William Davis, a fish dealer in Detroit
1865 Confederate Brigadier General John Pegram marries Hetty Cary
1865 Drunken sailor attacks munitions at Ft. Fisher NC, 40 die
1865 General Wm Sherman issues Field Order #15 (land for blacks)
1865 SF Dramatic Chronicle started
1864 Heavy fighting takes place near Dandridge, Tennessee
1832 Charles Darwin lands at San Tiago, Cape Verde
1819 Godert baron van der de Capellen becomes governor of Dutch-Indies
1795 French army under Pichegru occupies Utrecht, Netherlands
1780 Battle at Cape St. Vincent: Admiral Rodney beats Spanish fleet
1777 Vermont declares independence from NY
1776 Continental Congress approves enlistment of free blacks
1765 Charles Messier catalogs M41 (galactic cluster in Canis Major)
1759 British Museum opens in London
1756 England and Prussia sign Treaty of Westminster
1581 English parliament passes laws against Catholicism
1556 Emperor Karel appoints his son Philip II, king of Spain
1547 Ivan IV the Terrible (17) crowns himself 1st tsar of Moscow
1531 English Reformation parliament's 2nd sitting
1493 Columbus returns to Spain on his 1st trip
1325 Laure de Noves, beloved of Petrarch, marries Hugues de Sade
1219 Floods in Northern Netherlands after storm, 1,000s killed