Heroes' Day is one of the public holidays in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is a two-day celebration which begins on January 16. The first day is dedicated to Laurent-Désiré Kabila and the second day to Patrice Lumumba.
National Fig Newton Day is a food holiday celebrated on January 16. It is dedicated to Fig Newtons – cookies filled with fig paste that are a trademarked version of the fig roll manufactured by Nabisco.
National Nothing Day is an “un-event” observed on January 16. It was conceived by San Francisco Examiner columnist Harold Pullman Coffin and has been celebrated since 1973.
This Day in History
2009Died: Andrew Wyeth, American realist painter. He was one of the best-known U.S. artists of the middle 20th century.
2006Died: Stanley Biber, American physician who was a pioneer in sex reassignment surgery. He performed his first sex change operation in 1969.
2005Adriana Iliescu, Romanian university lecturer and novelist, gave birth at her 66 to her daughter Eliza. This made Iliescu the oldest birth mother in the world.
2003The Space Shuttle Columbia took off for mission STS-107, which would be its final one.
2002Died: Robert Hanbury Brown, British astronomer and physicist. He made considerable contributions to the development of radar and conducted pioneering work in the field of radio astronomy.
1991The Coalition Forces went to war with Iraq, which marked the beginning of Gulf War.
1977Born: Ariel Ze'evi, Israeli judoka who is considered to be the most prominent judoka in the county since the 1990s, an Olympic bronze medal finalist (2004).
1974Born: Kate Moss, English model and fashion designer. She became famous in the early 1990s and was one of the icons of the heroine chic trend.
1972Died: Ross Bagdasarian, Sr., american actor, singer, pianist, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known as the creator of Alvin and the Chipmunks.
1967Died: Robert Jemison Van de Graaff, American physicist best known for his design and construction of high voltage generators (Van de Graaff generator).
1964Hello, Dolly! musical starring Carol Channing opened on Broadway. The musical ran 2,844 performances and won 10 Tony Awards.
1958Born: Anatoli Boukreev, Soviet and Russian mountaineer who made successful ascents of seven eight-thousander peaks without supplemental oxygen.
1957Died: Arturo Toscanini, Italian conductor, one of the most acclaimed musicians of the late 19th and 20th century. He was the director of many famous orchestras.
1950Born: Debbie Allen, American actress, dancer, choreographer, film and television director, and television producer. Her best known role is Lydia Grant in the television series Fame.
1948Born: John Carpenter, American film director, producer, screenwriter, editor, and composer. His best known film is Halloween that has become the first installment in a horror franchise.
1942TWA Flight 3 crashed. 22 people aboard were killed, including film star Carole Lombard.
1939Born: Ralph Gibson, American art photographer best known for his photographic books. His work is included in many important collections.
1936Died: Albert Fish, also known as the Boogey Man, the Moon Maniac, the Brooklyn Vampire, the Werewolf of Wysteria, and the Gray Man, American serial killer.
1933Born: Susan Sontag, American novelist, essayist, filmmaker, educator. and political activist. Her best known works include but are not limited to On Photography, Against Interpretation, In America.
1932Born: Dian Fossey, American zoologist, primatologist, and anthropologist. She had been studying gorillas in Rwanda for more than 18 year and wrote a book Gorillas in the Mist.
1920The League of Nations held its first council meeting in Paris.
1919Died: Francisco de Paula Rodrigues Alves, Brazilian politician, 5th President of Brazil (from 1902 to 1906).
1909The magnetic South Pole was found by Ernest Shackleton's expedition.
1862204 men and boys killed in a mining disaster in Hartley pit. This incident prompted a change in UK law, which henceforth required at least two independent means of escape from pits.
1838Born: Franz Brentano, German philosopher and psychologist whose views strongly influenced Sigmund Freud, Edmund Husserl, Kazimierz Twardowski and other luminaries.
1794Died: Edward Gibbon, English historian whose most important work is The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire known for quality of its prose.
1749Born: Vittorio Alfieri, Italian dramatist and poet recognized as the founder of Italian tragedy. His most famous tragedies include Saul, Filippo, Polinice, Antigone.
1605The first edition of Book One of Don Quixote (original name El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha) by Miguel de Cervantes was published in Madrid, Spain.
1581Roman Catholicism was outlawed by English Parliament.
1545Died: George Spalatin (the pseudonym of Georg Burkhardt), German reformer who left behind him a large number of literary remains.