January 16: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, January 16, 1962, filming of the first James Bond movie “Dr No” began?

January 16th is officially International Hot and Spicy Food Day and Nothing Day.

We’d like to welcome you to the sixteenth day of the year! We still have 349 days left of this year.

You’re about to find out some of the incredible discoveries and historical events that all fell on the day of January 16 including historical war events and major movie releases.

Did you know that on this day in 1962, filming of the first James Bond movie “Dr No” began? The movie had a budget of $1.1 million, and went on to gross $59.5 million at the Box Office.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about January 16th in history!

What Events Happened On January 16 In History?

2020 The trial phase of former US President Donald Trump’s first impeachment began.

The attempt to impeach Donald Trump was based on two articles: the abuse of power and the obstruction of Congress. On February 5, 2020, Trump was acquitted of both charges after the senate voted in his favor.

2016 Astronaut Scott Kelly Tweeted a photo of the first flower ever grown in space.

OTD in 2016: Astronaut Scott Kelly Tweeted a photo of the first flower ever grown in space.

The plant was grown in NASA's "Veggie plant growth system," using LED lights.

2003 The Columbia space shuttle took off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for its final time.

Its final mission, STS-107, was to conduct several important international science experiments in space. But, unfortunately, during re-entry on February 1, the Columbia space shuttle broke up during flight, killing all seven crew members.

1979 The natural history series “Life on Earth,” presented by David Attenborough, aired on BBC One in the UK for the first time.

1974 American author Peter Benchley published his novel “Jaws.”

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1962 The filming of the first James Bond movie, “Dr. No,” began.

OTD in 1962: The filming of the first James Bond movie

The movie was based on the 1958 novel of the same name.

1919 Alcohol became illegal in most states of America.

American's were worried about the adverse effects that alcohol consumption brings. The 18th Amendment to the US Constitution made it illegal to manufacture, sell or transport alcohol.

1809 During the Peninsular War, the British defeated the French at the Battle of La Coruña.

1793 French King Louis XVI was sentenced to death during the French Revolution.

King Louis XVI was executed five days later during the French Revolution after being convicted of conspiracy. Nine months later, his wife met the same fate.

1605 Miguel de Cervantes published his novel Don Quixote.

Known as the "Modern Novel," Don Quixote was an immediate success. Within a decade, the book was translated and re-published across Europe.

1547 At just 16 years old, Ivan IV the Terrible crowned himself the first Tsar (emperor) of Russia.

OTD in 1547: At just 16 years old

1493 Christopher Columbus left the New World to sail to Spain.

27 BC Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian became the first Roman Emperor.

OTD in 27BC: Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian became the first Roman Emperor.

On this day, he was given the title "Augustus" by the Roman Senate; thus, the Roman Empire was born.

Famous Quotes Said On January 16

Below you’ll find the most popular things people have said on this day throughout history.


“Reality even when it is sad is better than illusions. Illusions are at the mercy of any winds that blow. Real happiness must come from within, from a fixed purpose and faith in one’s fellow men.”

– Helen Keller


“The spread of civilization may be likened to that of fire: First, a feeble spark, next a flickering flame, then a mighty blaze, ever increasing in speed and power.”

– Nikola Tesla

Famous People Born On January 16

Is today your birthday? If so, you share the same birthday with James May. Here are a few other famous people born on this day.

1996 Jennie Kim

South Korean Singer

Jennie Kim
27 years old
Born In:
Seoul, South Korea

1974 Kate Moss

British Model

Kate Moss
49 years old
Born In:
England, UK

1963 James May

English Television Presenter

James May
60 years old
Born In:
England, UK

1982 Max Joseph

American Filmmaker

Max Joseph
41 years old
Born In:
New York, USA

Special Holidays On January 16

Here are some unusual holidays that are celebrated on this day.

January 16: International Hot and Spicy Food Day

International Hot and Spicy Food Day

If you’re in the northern hemisphere, we feel you, it’s pretty darn chilly out here, and the days are just so short. So today is International Hot and Spicy Food Day, a day to warm things up by cooking our favorite hot and spicy dishes.

January 16: National Nothing Day

National Nothing Day

Are you absolutely sick and tired of endless celebrations of ever-increasingly ridiculous holidays and events? Well, my friend, you're in luck - the only thing to celebrate today is the lack of anything to celebrate!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Steven Speilberg denied a salary for directing “Schindler’s List.” He refuses to autograph any materials related to the film.

January 16 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

People who were born on January 16 all share the Capricorn zodiac sign.

Capricorns are not only hard-working, but they are realistic in what they apply themselves to. Their visions are crystal clear. They know precisely what steps to take to bring that vision to fruition.

Anyone born in January has the Garnet birthstone. This rich gem is thought to provide the wearer protection on their journey through life.

For people born on January 16, your estimated date of conception falls on April 25 in the previous year.

A baby conceived on this day will likely be due around October 9th, 2023.

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