January 16: Day of the Week
January 16, 2017 was the 16th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 349 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Monday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is lundi.
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Here’s the January calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Capricorn is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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January 16 Historical Event(s)
- 1412The Medici family is appointed official banker of the Papacy.
- 1556Philip II becomes King of Spain.
- 1786The Commonwealth of Virginia enacted the Statute for Religious Freedom authored by Thomas Jefferson.
- 1847John C. Fremont is appointed Governor of the new California Territory.
- 1909Ernest Shackleton’s expedition finds the magnetic South Pole.
- 1945Adolf Hitler moves into his underground bunker, the so-called Führerbunker.
- 1956President Gamal Abdal Nasser of Egypt vows to reconquer Palestine.
- 1969Czech student Jan Palach commits suicide by self-immolation in Prague, in protest against the Soviets’ crushing of the Prague Spring the year before.
- 1969Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 perform the first-ever docking of manned spacecraft in orbit, the first-ever transfer of crew from one space vehicle to another, and the only time such a transfer was accomplished with a space walk.
- 2003The Space Shuttle Columbia takes off for mission STS-107 which would be its final one. Columbia disintegrated 16 days later on re-entry.
Who were born on January 16?
- 1516Bayinnaung, King of Burma (d. 1581)
- 1901Frank Zamboni, American inventor (d. 1988)
- 1906Diana Wynyard, British actress (d. 1964)
- 1928William Kennedy, American author
- 1944Gerd Klier, German footballer (d. 2011)
- 1950Damo Suzuki, Japanese singer (Can)
- 1955Jerry M. Linenger, NASA astronaut
- 1962Tracey Moore, voice actress
- 1970Brendan O'Hare, Scottish drummer (Teenage Fanclub, Telstar Ponies)
- 1985Joe Flacco, American football player
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