July 16 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
July 16 History Highlights
Guinea Pig Appreciation Day
Guinea pigs have been a popular household pet since their introduction to Europe and North America by European traders in the 16th century. Guinea pigs are among the most popular pets, and for good reason. They’re very friendly animals that enjoy human interaction; they’ll follow you around, squeak when they want attention or food, and will even play with toys on their own.
Scientists have been using guinea pigs for experiments since the 17th century. They were so frequently used as model organisms in both 19th and 20th centuries that people started calling humans test subjects “guinea pigs.” Since then, they’ve replaced them with other rodents like mice or rats.
July 16 is…
|Guinea Pig Appreciation Day
National Corn Fritter Day
National Fresh Spinach Day
National Personal Chef Day
World Snake Day
July 16 Birthday Quotes
“Not money, or success, or position or travel or love makes happiness… service is the secret.”
“I ain’t afraid to tell the world that it don’t take school stuff to help a fella play ball.”
“I never like other people to clean for me. I don’t want them to invade my own privacy.”
“Things will get better if you just hold out long enough.”
“I do everything the man does, only backwards and in high heels!”
“No matter how much you screw up your life, you can fix it.”
“Every once in a while, someone will mail me a single popcorn kernel that didn’t pop. I’ll get out a fresh kernel, tape it to a piece of paper and mail it back to them.”
“I try to feed my hunger rather than my appetite.”
“I’m more than an actor. I’m an icon, an industry.”
July 16 Birthdays
|1880 – Kathleen Norris, American journalist and author (died in 1966)
1887 – Shoeless Joe Jackson, American baseball player (died in 1951)
1902 – Mary Philbin, American actress (died in 1993)
1907 – Orville Redenbacher, American farmer and businessman, founded Orville Redenbacher’s (died in 1995)
1907 – Barbara Stanwyck, American actress (died in 1990)
1911 – Ginger Rogers, American actress, singer, and dancer (died in 1995)
1911 – Sonny Tufts, American actor (died in 1970)
1924 – Bess Myerson, American model, actress, game show panelist, Miss America 1945 (died in 2014)
1941 – Desmond Dekker, Jamaican singer-songwriter (died in 2006)
1952 – Stewart Copeland, American drummer and songwriter
1957 – Faye Grant, American actress
1963 – Phoebe Cates, American actress
1965 – Sherri Stoner, American actress
1967 – Will Ferrell, American comedic actor
1968 – Barry Sanders, American football player
1968 – Larry Sanger, American philosopher and businessman, co-founded Wikipedia
1971 – Corey Feldman, American actor
1987 – AnnaLynne McCord, American actress
July 16 History
|1661 – The first banknotes in Europe were issued by the Swedish bank Stockholms Banco.
1769 – Father Junípero Serra founded California’s first mission, Mission San Diego de Alcalá, later known as San Diego, California.
1790 – The District of Columbia was established as the capital of the United States with the Residence Act.
1862 – David Farragut was promoted to rear admiral, becoming the first officer in United States Navy to hold the rank.
1915 – The Boy Scout’s First Order of the Arrow ceremony took place and the Order of the Arrow was founded.
1935 – The world’s first parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The first US patent for the device was filed by Roger W. Babson, on August 30, 1928.
1941 – Joe DiMaggio hit safely for the 56th consecutive game, an MLB record that still stands.
1945 – (Manhattan Project) The United States successfully detonated a plutonium-based test nuclear weapon near Alamogordo, New Mexico.
1951 – The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger was published for the first time, by Little, Brown and Company.
1956 – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus closed its last “Big Tent” show in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1965 – The Mont Blanc Tunnel linking France and Italy opened.
1966 – #1 Hit July 16, 1966 – July 29, 1966: Tommy James and the Shondells – Hanky Panky
1969 – Apollo 11 was launched from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Kennedy, Florida.
July 16, 1974 – In TV’s first live suicide, news presenter Christine Chubbuck, during her TV broadcast, suddenly stopped reading the teleprompter and said, “In keeping with Channel 40’s policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts, and in living color, you are going to see another first: an attempted suicide.” She died about 14 hours later.
1977 – #1 Hit July 16, 1977 – July 22, 1977: Shaun Cassidy – Da Doo Ron Ron
1994 – Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 collided with Jupiter, through July 22.
1999 – John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, Carolyn, and her sister, Lauren Bessette, died when the Piper Saratoga PA-32R aircraft he was piloting crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard.
2004 – Millennium Park was opened to the public by Mayor Richard M. Daley.
July 16, 2004 – Stuck in the Suburbs aired on The Disney Channel
2011 – #1 Hit July 16, 2011 – August 26, 2011: LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock – Party Rock Anthem
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
|A group of Heirs is an Expectation.
“Mr. McCallister, here’s your very own cheese pizza.” – Cedric the Bellman in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York #moviequotes
The newspaper serving Frostbite Falls, Minnesota, the home of Rocky and Bullwinkle, is the Picayune Intelligence.
Do You Realize?? by The Flaming Lips is the official state rock song of Oklahoma.
Beauty and the Beast was the first animated film in history to be nominated for a Best Picture at the Academy Awards
The area of the base of the Great Pyramid in Egypt is 13 Acres.
Why are sci-fi movie laser blasts slower than bullets?
Joseph Conrad – Real Name: Jozef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski
“Nobody comes here anymore, it’s too crowded” – Yogi Berra
The S.O.S in the S.O.S brand soap pads stands for ‘save our saucepans’.
I have a step ladder, I never knew my real ladder.
There are approximately 1.4 trillion dollars in circulation.
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