On this day in history, July 16th, there were invasions, inventions, and debates which sparked significant reforms and progress, ultimately changing the course of humanity.
Let’s look back on this day, that age in history, and learn something from our ancestors.
Famous Historical Events
622: The Muslim Era starts when Muhammad begins his flight from Mecca to Medina.
1054: The Western and Eastern Christian churches are fractured thanks to the shenanigans of three Roman legates. The legates place an invalid Papal Bull of Excommunication on the altar of the Hagia Sophia during the liturgy. This day in history is often attributed to the start of the East-West Schism in Christianity.
1439: Kissing is banned in England as a way to stop the plague from spreading.
1519: Martin Luther and theologists John Eck begin their public debates at Pleissenburg Castle in Leipzig, Germany. Luther denies the divine right of the Pope and hastens the establishment of the Protestant Reformation.
1661: The Bank of Stockholm issues Europe’s first banknotes.
1809: The Junta Tuitiva is formed when La Paz, Bolivia declares independence from Spain. Pedro Domingo Murillo leads the first independent government in Spanish America.
1892: One of the founders of the Impressionist movement, Claude Monet, marries his longtime girlfriend, Alice Hoschede. Monet was 51 years old.
1940: Hitler establishes Operation Sealion and prepares to invade Great Britain.
1951: J.D. Salinger publishes The Catcher in the Rye, one of the most controversial books written during the McCarthy era. Today, the book is considered one of the top fiction books of all time.
1979: The fourth Iraqi President, Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr, resigns, citing health reasons. He promotes his Vice President, Saddam Hussein, as his successor.
1981: The fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir bin Mohamad, took office until 2003. He became one of Malaysia’s longest-serving Prime Ministers.
1995: Amazon, now one of the world’s largest retailers, sold its first book. Amazon was initially founded as an online book store before evolving into the extensive, famous online marketplace that it is today.
2001: Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid divorce after nine years of marriage.
2012: Comedian Russell Brand divorces pop star Katie Perry after one year, citing irreconcilable differences. Brand allegedly broke up with the pop star via a text message. Not funny, Russell.
1907: Orville Redenbacher
Redenbacher, an American businessman famous for creating and selling gourmet popping corn, is born in Brazil, Indiana on this day in history.
1911: Ginger Rogers
Rogers, a famous American actress, and dancer is born in Missouri. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1941.
1557: Anne of Cleves
Anne of Cleves was King Henry the 8th’s wife, but she managed to escape the executioner’s blade when their marriage was annulled.
1999: John F. Kennedy Jr
John F. Kennedy Jr, his wife, and sister died in a plane crash on this day in history, 1999. Kennedy Jr was the son of assassinated President JFK and Jackie Kennedy.
Acknowledging the past enables people to look ahead to a brighter future. July 16th in the past may have been marred by invasions, religious schisms, and a heavy-handed kissing ban, but hopefully, the future promises something better.