This Day in History- July 16

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This Day in History- July 16-01

“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce.” – Karl Marx. Wars, battles, celebrations, and freedom movements are recurring yet a fundamental part of history. There are some events and moments in history that cannot be repeated or ever re-lived. Let’s explore this day in history, July 16 and discover events that changed the world forever.

What Happened in India on July 16?

2013: Food with insecticides given to children
27 children were killed and 25 were hospitalized after eating lunch contaminated with insecticide in Bihar, India on July 16, 2013. The police arrested the principal of the school in eastern India.

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What Happened Around the World on July 16?

1661: Banknotes issued in Europe
1st banknotes in Europe were issued by the Bank of Stockholm on July 16, 1661. Stockholms Banco was founded in 1657 by Johan Palmstruch in Stockholm, began printing banknotes in 1661, but ran into financial difficulties and was liquidated in 1667.

1769: Mission San Diego
Father Junipero Serra founded the Mission San Diego, the 1st mission in California on July 16, 1769. Junípero Serra was a Roman Catholic Spanish priest. He is credited with establishing the Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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1938: PGA Championship Men’s Golf
The 1934 champion Paul Runyan dominated the heavily favored Sam Snead, 8 & 7; largest victory margin ever in the event’s match play format on July 16, 1938. 

1940: Operation Sealion
Adolf Hitler ordered the preparations for the invasion of Britain on July 16, 1940. Operation Sea Lion was Nazi Germany’s code name for the plan for an invasion of the United Kingdom during the Battle of Britain in the Second World War.

1945: Detonation of Atomic bomb
The 1st test detonation of an atomic bomb, Trinity Site, Alamogordo, New Mexico, was part of the US Manhattan Project on July 16, 1945. 

1951: ‘Catcher in Rye’ published
The Novel “Catcher in Rye” by J. D. Salinger was published by Little Brown and Company on July 16, 1951. Before its publication, Salinger published several short stories in Story magazine and served in World War II. 

1957: Transcontinental speed record
The US Marine Major John Glenn set a transcontinental speed record on July 16, 1957. John Glenn was the third American in space, and the first American to orbit the Earth, circling it three times in 1962. 

1969: Apollo 11 Launched
Apollo 11 was launched which carried the 1st men to land on the Moon. Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin formed the American crew that landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on July 20, 1969,

2005: The 6th book of J.K Rowling Published
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”, the 6th book in the series by J. K. Rowling was published worldwide in 2005. 9 million copies were sold in 24 hrs. 

2017: Senior Players Championship Men’s Golf
Scott McCarron won his lone career major title by 1 stroke from Brandt Jobe and Germany’s Bernhard Langer. 

Famous Birthdays on July 16

1821: Mary Baker Eddy
An American founder of the religious movement, Christian Science (Science & Health) was born in Bow, New Hampshire in 1821.

1872: Roald Amundsen
A Norwegian polar explorer who led the 1st expedition to the South Pole was born in Borge, Ostfold, Norway on July 16, 1872. 

1907: Orville Redenbacher
An American popcorn magnate was born in Brazil, Indiana.

1911: Ginger Rogers 
An American actress, dancer, and singer was born in Independence, Missouri on July 16, 1911. 

1942: Margaret Smith Court
An Australian tennis player, winner of the 1970 Grand Slam and with 24 Grand Slam singles titles was born in Albury, New South Wales.

1958: Michael Flatley
An Irish choreographer was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1958.

1979: Kim Rhode
An American double trap and skeet shooter who won Olympic Gold in 1996, 2004 & 2012 was born in Whittier, California in 1979.

Hope you are now familiar with the events of historical significance that took place on this day in history, July 16. For more such informative content, stay connected to Leverage Edu!

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