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On this day in history - July 16

What Happened On This Day – July 16

  • 1995 Amazon.com Sells its First Book

    The e-commerce website was first founded in 1995 by Jeff Bezos as an online bookstore. The first book sold by the Internet giant was Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought by Douglas Hofstadter.

  • 1994 Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 collides with Jupiter

    The Jupiter orbiting comet collided with Jupiter. It was the first time in recorded history that astronomers had observed a collision between two celestial objects.

  • 1981 Mahathir bin Mohamad takes office for the first time

    Mohmad, took office as the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia and remained in the position until 2003, becoming Malayasia's longest serving prime minister and Asia's longest serving politician.

  • 1979 Iraqi president, Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr resigns

    The fourth president of Iraq resigned from his post citing health reasons and promoted his Vice President, Saddam Hussein to the post of President.

  • 1951 The Catcher in the Rye is published

    The book, written by J.D. Salinger is considered to be one of the top 100 works of fiction of the 20th century.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
July 16

  • 1967 Will Ferrell

    American comedian, actor

  • 1947 Assata Shakur

    American activist, criminal

  • 1907 Orville Redenbacher

    American farmer, businessman

  • 1872 Roald Amundsen

    Norwegian explorer

  • 1862 Ida B. Wells

    American civil rights activist

Illustration of tombstone, signifying death

Deaths On This Day,
July 16

  • 1960 Albert Kesselring

    German field marshal

  • 1915 Ellen G. White

    American author, co-founder of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church

  • 1882 Mary Todd Lincoln

    American wife of Abraham Lincoln, 17th First Lady of the United States

  • 1747 Giuseppe Crespi

    Italian painter

  • 1557 Anne of Cleves