2021 July

July 16: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on July 16

July 16th is a special day, as it’s the day we celebrate Guinea Pig Appreciation Day and World Snake Day.

Welcome to the 197th day of the year! We’re gradually getting through the year, but we still have another 168 days until we reach the new year.

For those of you who were born on July 16, your star sign is Cancer.

If today’s your birthday, why not check out what celebrities you also share your birthday with on this special day? If it’s not, then you’re still going to love the history of this day, here we have many important, weird and funny things that have all happened on July 16 in history.

Did you know that on this day in 1969, NASA launched Apollo 11 from the Kennedy Space Center? This went on to become the first manned mission to land on the moon.

Keep reading for more facts about July 16th in history!

What Happened On July 16 In History?


Jurassic Park III premiered in Los Angeles, California.

The movie was the least well received and was the lowest grossing movie of the franchise at $368.8 million USD worldwide.

Republican Party in Detroit nominated Ronald Reagan for US president.

Source Politico

NASA launched Apollo 11 from the Kennedy Space Center.

Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins were on board. On July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin became the first men to walk on the Moon.
Source NASA

US Marine Major John Glenn’s “Project Bullet” broke the transcontinental speed record on this day.

John Glenn took off from a Vought F8U Crusader at Los Alamitos Naval Air Station in California. He landed in Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, New York, 3 hours, 23 minutes, and 8 seconds later. This journey set a new speed record of 725.55 mph.

The world’s first atomic bomb was detonated.

OTD in 1945: The world's first atomic bomb was detonated.
The blast happened at the Trinity Site, New Mexico, US using 22 kilotons of TNT.

Adolf Hitler planned to invade Britain under the guise name “Operation Sealion”.

Britain would become the only country in western Europe to stand against the Nazis with success.

The opera “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart premiered in Vienna, Austria.


Father Junipero Serra started his first mission in California named “Mission San Diego”.


The bank of Stockholm issued the first bank notes in Europe.


Martin Luther had a public debate with theologian Johann Eck at Pleissenburg Castle in Leipzig.

OTD in 1519: Martin Luther had a public debate with theologian Johann Eck at Pleissenburg Castle in Leipzig.
On this day Martin Luther denied the divine right of the Pope.

The Hegira, which is often referred to as the journey of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, commenced on this day.

Muhammed and his followers left Mecca on their journey to Medina. This marks the start of the Muslim calendar.