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.
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
1862 Ida B. Wells
American civil rights activist
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
1557 Anne of Cleves