2021 January

January 16: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on January 16

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 Happened On January 16 In History?


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 to encourage the plants growth from seed.

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

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

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


American Author, Peter Benchley published his novel “Jaws.”


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

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

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.

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


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

King Louis XVI was executed 5 days later during the French Revolution after being convicted of conspiracy. Nine months later his wife met the same fate.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Famous People Born On January 16

Jennie Kim

Jennie Kim

South Korean Singer
Birthday: January 16, 1996
Age: 25 years old
Born In: Seoul, South Korea
Max Joseph

Max Joseph

American Filmmaker
Birthday: January 16, 1982
Age: 39 years old
Born In: New York, USA
Kate Moss

Kate Moss

British Model
Birthday: January 16, 1974
Age: 47 years old
Born In: England, United Kingdom
James May

James May

English Television Presenter
Birthday: January 16, 1963
Age: 58 years old
Born In: England, United Kingdom

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