According to Gregory calendar, January 16 is the day number 16 in a given year. January 16 has a special significance in India and world history, because many such incidents have occurred on this day which have been recorded forever in the pages of history. Let's know some such important events which will increase your general knowledge. The facts collected will be as follows: People born on this day, demise of famous people, war treaty, freedom of any country, invention of new technologies, change of power, important National and International Day etc.

Important Historical Events of 16 January in the World ⚡

Event YearIncident/Event
1556Spain's Emperor Carrell chose his son Philip II as his successor.
1681The grand coronation of Sambhaji, son of Kshatrapati Shivaji, took place at Raigad Fort in Maharashtra.
1769The first planned horse racing was organized in Accra, Calcutta (now Kolkata).
1780American Revolutionary War-The British Royal Navy gained their first major naval victory over their European enemies in the war when they defeated a Spanish squadron in the Battle of Cape St. Vincent.
1796The first Dutch and general) elections were held for the National Assembly of the Batvian Republic, the next Dutch general election held in 1888).
1809Peninsular War: French forces under Nicolas Jean-de-Dieu Soult attacked the amphibious evacuation of the British under Sir John Moore in Corunna, Galicia, Spain.
1862The beam of a pumping engine broke at the Hartley Colliery Northumberland, England, and fell down the shaft trapping the men below,resulting in the deaths of 204 men.
1868The refrigerator car was patented by William Davis, a fish trader in Detroit.
1889Eminent Egyptian writer and litterateur Taha Hussain was born.
1919The Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified by thirty-six of the forty-eight states, establishing the prohibition of alcoholic beverages in the United States.
1920The manufacture and sale of alcohol was banned in the United States, with which the ban period began in this country.
1920The League of Nations, the first intergovernmental organization whose principal mission was to maintain world peace, held its first council meeting in Paris.
1938Eminent Bengali litterateur Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay died.
1938Benny Goodman performed a concert at New York City's Carnegie Hall, which has been considered instrumental in establishing jazz as a form of music.
1942TWA Flight 3 crashes into Potosi Mountain in Nevada, killing actress Carole Lombard and all of the other 21 people on board.
1943The first air strike of the US Air Force occurred on the island of Ambon, Indonesia.
1943Iraq entered World War II, Germany, Italy and Japan declared war.
1945World War II-Adolf Hitler and his staff moved into the Führerbunker, where he would eventually commit suicide.
1947Vincent Aurel was elected President of France.
1964The musical Hello, Dolly! opened at the St. James Theatre on Broadway, and would go on to win ten Tony Awards, a record that stood for 35 years.
1969Members exchanged in space between Soviet spacecraft for the first time.
1969Student Jan Palach set himself on fire in Wenceslas Square Prague as a protest against the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia the previous year.
1986The Internet Engineering Task Force, a standards organization that develops and promotes Internet standards, held its first meeting, consisting of twenty-one United States-government-funded researchers.
1989Prem Nazir, one of the biggest stars of Malayalam cinema, died under the original name Abdul Khadir. He holds the world record for playing the lead in 725 films to his name.
1991US and its 27 allied countries have attacked for occupying Kuwait.
1992“2 Shakespearean Actors” opens at Cort Theater in New York City. It made 29 performances.
1995Universal – Paramount Network (UPN) begins telecasting from WORK in New York City.
1997Anthony Stuart, the Australian cricketer took ODI hat-trick against Pakistan at MCG .
2002The Security Council of the United Nations unanimously passed a resolution banning al-Qaida.
2005George W. Bush became the president of USA for the second time.
2006Socialist leader Michael Bashlet was elected the first female President of Chile.
2008Five days after proposing lyrics for the wordless Marcha Real, the Spanish national anthem, the Spanish Olympic Committee withdrew the proposal due to widespread criticism.
2011Libya's Muammar al-Gaddafi is less than 24 months away from being world's longest-serving leader. He has already remained in power for 41 years.
2011The New York Jets defeat the New England Patriots. It is one of the biggest upsets in NFL history.
2012The US Congress has proposed anti-piracy legislation to shutting down the English Wikipedia website. The English Wikipedia and has protested against it.
2013Canada Cirque du Soleil cuts 400 jobs due to strong loonie and surging costs.
2013The US Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar has announced that he will quit his post at the end of March.
201324 people died in the bomb blasts in Idlib, Syria.
27Gaius Octavianus was given the title Augustus by the Roman Senate when he became the first Roman emperor.

Important Historical Events of 16 January in India ⚡

Event YearIncident/Event
1761British troops captured Pondicherry, India from France.

Important Days of 16 January National & International Days 🏁

Day/ObservanceLevel
National Startup DayNational Day

Famous People's Birthdays on 16 January 😀

Birth YearName/Category/Country
1900Sukumar Sen / Indian civil servant / India
1920Nanabhoy Palkhivala / Economist / India
1946Kabir Bedi / Actor / India
1950V. S. Sampath / Civil Servant / India

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