January 16: Day of the Week
January 16, 2021 was the 16th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 349 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Saturday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is samedi.
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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)
- 1605The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes is published in Madrid.
- 1809Peninsular War: The British defeat the French at the Battle of La Coruña.
- 1847John C. Fremont is appointed Governor of the new California Territory.
- 1883The Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act, establishing the United States Civil Service, is passed.
- 1942Crash of TWA Flight 3, killing all 22 aboard, including film star Carole Lombard.
- 1968The Youth International Party is founded.
- 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.
- 1991The United States goes to war with Iraq, beginning the Gulf War (U.S. Time).
- 2001Congolese President Laurent-Désiré Kabila is assassinated by one of his own bodyguards.
- 2006Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia’s new president. She becomes Africa’s first female elected head of state.
Who were born on January 16?
- 1895Nat Schachner, American author (d. 1955)
- 1901Frank Zamboni, American inventor (d. 1988)
- 1918Allan Ekelund, Swedish film producer (d. 2009)
- 1923Anthony Hecht, American poet (d. 2004)
- 1923Gene Feist, American stage actor and producer
- 1943Brian Ferneyhough, British composer
- 1944Gerd Klier, German footballer (d. 2011)
- 1965Maxine Jones, American singer (En Vogue)
- 1977Ariel Zeevi, Israeli judoka
- 1979Brenden Morrow, Canadian ice hockey player
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