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This Day in History: January 16

January 16: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?

(Page last edited 10/12/2017)

  1. 1492 - The first grammar of the Spanish language is presented to Queen Isabella I.
  2. 1605 - The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes is published in Madrid, Spain.
  3. 1786 - Virginia enacted the Statute for Religious Freedom authored by Thomas Jefferson.
  4. 1969 - Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 perform the first-ever docking of manned spacecraft in orbit, the first-ever transfer of crew from one space vehicle to another, and the only time such a transfer was accomplished with a space walk.
  5. 2003 - The Space Shuttle Columbia takes off for mission STS-107 which would be its final one. Columbia disintegrated 16 days later on re-entry.
  6. Famous Birthdays: Johannes Schöner (German astronomer and cartographer), André Michelin (French businessman, co-founded the Michelin Tyre Company), Frank Zamboni (American inventor and businessman, invented the Ice resurfacer), Jerome Horwitz (American scientist), Robert L. Park (American physicist)

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