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July 16th History

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July 16th In Pop Culture History

622 - The 354 day Islamic Calendar was established.

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, alter 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, a 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.

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, she 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.

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

July 16th Celebrity Birthdays

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Will Ferrell (1967)
Ginger Rogers (1911 - 1995)
Orville Redenbacher (1907)
Shoeless Joe Jackson (1889)
Fatboy Slim (1963)
Phoebe Cates (1963)
Corey Feldman (1971)

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