June 16: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on June 16



June 16th is officially National Fudge Day and Fresh Veggies Day.

Welcome to the 168th day of the year! We’re gradually getting through the year, but we still have another 198 days remaining in 2024.

For this day we have carefully selected some of the biggest historical events that ever happened. Not only that, but we’ve also found a range of lesser-known events and facts all about June 16.

Did you know that on this day in 1903, Pepsi Cola became an official trademark? It got its name from two of the ingredients used in its recipe, pepsin and kola nuts.

Keep reading for more fun & interesting facts about June 16th in history!


What memorable events happened on June 16 in history? Keep reading to find out!


The rules for the Grammy Awards were updated to restrict AI-generated songs.

The new rules clarified that songs that are fully generated by AI will not be considered for awards. Songs that are only partly written by AI and have “meaningful” human contributions are still allowed.


Donald Trump announced he was running for President.


The state of California began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.


Ghostbusters II was released in 2,410 movie theaters across the US.

OTD in 1989: Ghostbusters II was released in 2


Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, was released in the US.

The musical romantic comedy was an instant hit and quickly became the highest-grossing musical film at the time. The film’s soundtrack was also wildly popular, with the soundtrack album ranking as the second-best album that year in the US.


Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space.


The US executed an innocent 14-year-old African American teen for the murder of two white girls.

OTD in 1944: The US executed an innocent 14-year-old African American teen for the murder of two white girls.

The case was looked at again in 2004, and by 2014 it was overturned, but sadly it was too late.


Washington National Airport became the US first federal airport.


IBM was founded as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company in Endicott, New York.


Glenn Curtis sold the first airplane in the US for just $5,000.


Henry Ford and 12 investors incorporated the Ford Motor Company in Detroit, Michigan.


Pepsi Cola became an official trademark.

The Pepsi Cola Company started in late 1902 and gained immediate success.


The Wizard of Oz was shown at The Chicago Grand Opera House for the first time.

OTD in 1902: The Wizard of Oz was shown at The Chicago Grand Opera House for the first time.


The longest papal reign began when Pope Pius IX was elected.

Giovanni Maria Mastai Ferretti was born in 1792 on Italy’s Adriatic Coast. While he suffered from epileptic fits as a child, he was encouraged to join the church by Pope Pius IIX, an act that would later inspire Ferretti to adopt the Pius name when he became pope. Pope Pius IX reigned for 32 years, longer than all other popes, largely because popes are generally elected quite late in their lives.


The British captured Fort Beauséjour in Canada following a battle with the Arcadians, which began on June 3.

Famous Births

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Tupac Shakur? See what other famous people were born on this day.


Tupac Shakur



Tupac Shakur

Died On:

Sep 13, 1996 (Age 25)

Born In:

New York, USA


Lauren Taylor



Lauren Taylor


25 years old

Born In:

Colorado, USA


Daniel Brühl



Daniel Brühl


45 years old

Born In:

Catalonia, Spain


John Cho



John Cho


51 years old

Born In:

Seoul, South Korea

Special Holidays

If you’re looking to try something new today, here are some special holidays that might just give you an idea.

June 16: National Fudge Day
United States

National Fudge Day

National Fudge Day comes around just once a year, so you better take full advantage of it today! You could stuff yourself silly with fudge or take the opportunity to try some new flavors. Even better, try your hand at making it – it’s ever so simple, but it’s always rewarding!

June 16: National Fresh Veggies Day
United States

National Fresh Veggies Day

Look, we get it, fresh vegetables are often more trouble than they’re worth; by the time you want to use them, they’ve gone bad! Keep the frozen vegetables in the freezer today and head to your local farmers’ market. The taste is so much better you may never go back!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Until 2016, the “Happy Birthday” song was not for public use. Meaning, before 2016, the song was copyrighted, and you had to pay a license to use it.

Birthday & Zodiac

Those of you who were born on this day share the Gemini zodiac sign.

Geminis have a strong need for freshness and newness within their social life, relationships, and many other aspects of life. This can make relationships with a Gemini either really exciting, or exhausting.

For those of you born in June, you have the Alexandrite birthstone. Alexandrite is created through a rare occurrence of nature. It was first discovered in the 1830s near the Tokovaya River in Russia’s Ural Mountains and named after Alexander II of Russia.

If your birthday falls on this day, you would’ve likely been conceived around September 23rd in the previous year.

A baby conceived on this day will likely be born around March 9, 2025.

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