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7/16/2021 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - July 16

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Today in History in 1755 John Adams graduated from Harvard; in 1857 Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson married Mary Anna Morrison in Lincoln County, N.C.; in 1951 the novel “Catcher in Rye” by J.D. Salinger was published; and in 1969 Apollo 11, carrying the first men to land on the Moon was launched.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 622 - Muslim Era begins - Muhammad begins flight from Mecca to Medina (Hijra)
  • 1054 - Three Roman legates fracture relations between Western and Eastern Christian churches by placing invalid Papal Bull of Excommunication on altar of Hagia Sophia during Saturday afternoon divine liturgy. Often dated as start of the East-West Schism.
  • 1429 - Joan of Arc and the French army enter the city of Rheims
  • 1439 - Kissing is banned in England (to stop germs from spreading)
  • 1519 - Public debate between Martin Luther & theologist John Eck at Pleissenburg Castle in Liepzig, Luther denies the divine right of the Pope
  • 1755 - John Adams graduates Harvard
  • 1809 - La Paz, Bolivia declares its independence from the Spanish Crown and forms the Junta Tuitiva. The first independent government in Spanish America, led by Pedro Domingo Murillo
  • 1861 - Battle of Bull Run, the 1st major battle of the Civil War, is fought
  • 1862 - David Farragut is 1st Rear Admiral in US Navy
  • 1918 - A Bolshevik firing squad at Ekaterinburg, Siberia, executes Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family
  • 1951 - Novel "Catcher in Rye" by J. D. Salinger published
  • 1969 - Apollo 11, carrying 1st men to land on Moon, launched
  • 1980 - Ronald Reagan nominated for US President by Republicans in Detroit
  • 1994 - Comet Shoemaker-Levy collides with Jupiter
  • 1999 - John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette are killed in a plane crash off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. The Piper Saratoga aircraft was piloted by Kennedy.
  • 2005 - "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" the 6th book in the series by J. K. Rowling is published worldwide. 9 million copies sell in 24 hrs
  • 2015 - Scientists reveal 1st close-up pictures of Pluto send back by New Horizons probe

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1723 - Joshua Reynolds, England, portrait painter (Simplicity)
  • 1821 - Mary Baker Eddy, Bow New Hampshire, founded Christian Science (Science & Health), (d. 1910)
  • 1888 - Percy Kilbride, SF CA, actor (Egg & I, Ma & Pa Kettle)
  • 1907 - Orville Redenbacher, Brazil Indiana, American popcorn King (Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet)
  • 1911 - Ginger Rogers, [Virginia McMath], Independ Mo, dancer (Gay Divorcee)
  • 1942 - Margaret Smith Court, Perth Australia, tennis pro (1970 Grand Slam, 24 Grand Slam wins)
  • 1943 - Jimmy Johnson, Port Arthur Texas, NFL coach (Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins)
  • 1958 - Michael Flatley, Irish choreographer (Lord of Dance), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1967 - Will Ferrell, American comedian
  • 1968 - Barry Sanders, NFL running back (Detroit Lions, 1988 Heisman Trophy)
  • 1971 - Corey Feldman, Encino California, actor (License to Drive, Stand by Me)

Famous Weddings

  • 1659 - Princess Henriette C of Orange-Nassau weds monarch Johan George II
  • 1857 - Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson (33) weds Mary Anna Morrison in Lincoln County
  • 1892 - Impressionist Painter Claude Monet (51) weds longtime companion Alice Hoschedé
  • 1960 - Actress Vera Miles (30) weds actor Keith Larsen (36)
  • 1974 - "The Osmonds" singer Alan Osmond (25) weds Suzanne Pinegar at LDS Temple in Provo, Utah
  • 1980 - Five-time Grammy Award singer Donna Summer (31) weds award winning arranger Bruce Sudano (31) in Los Angeles, California
  • 1988 - "Back To The Future" actor Michael J. Fox (27) weds "Family Ties" actress Tracy Pollan (28) at West Mountain Inn in Arlington, Vermont
  • 1994 - Anna Nicole Smith (26) weds ½ billionaire J Howard Marshall II (89)
  • 2000 - Cartoonist Jim Davis (54) weds Jill Davis
  • 2005 - Academy award winning actress Sandra Bullock (40) weds "Monster Garage" host Jesse James (36) at sunset on the grounds of The Folded Hills Ranch in Gaviota, California
  • 2010 - Def Leppard lead guitarist Phil Collen (52) weds costume designer Helen L. Simmons (42) at Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach Resort in Florida

Famous Divorces

  • 2001 - "Kate & Leopold" actress Meg Ryan (38) divorces actor Dennis Quaid (46) after 9 years of marriage
  • 2012 - Actor-comedian Russell Brand (36) divorces popstar Katy Perry (27) due to irreconcilable differences a year after the fairy-tale wedding in India

Famous Deaths

  • 1557 - Anne of Cleves, queen of England/4th wife of Henry VIII, dies at 41
  • 1871 - Tad Lincoln, son of U.S. president Abraham Lincoln
  • 1882 - Mary Todd Lincoln, First Lady of the United States (b. 1818)
  • 1915 - Ellen White, American co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, dies at 87
  • 1992 - "Gorgeous" George, [Arena], wrestler, dies at 84
  • 1995 - Max Factor Jr, makeup inventor, dies
  • 2012 - Kitty Wells, American country singer, dies from complications after a stroke at 92

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