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1429Joan of Arc and the French army enter the city of Rheims

1519Public debate between Martin Luther & theologist John Eck at Pleissenburg Castle in Liepzig, Luther denies the divine right of the Pope

1755John Adams graduates Harvard

1801Pope Pius VII & 1st consul Napoleon sign concord

1862David Farragut is 1st Rear Admiral in US Navy

1918A Bolshevik firing squad at Ekaterinburg, Siberia, executes Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family

1934Bradman scores 140 Aust v Yorkshire, 120 mins, 22 fours 2 sixes

1941Joe DiMaggio goes 3 for 4, hitting in his 56th straight game

1948Eddie Sawyer replaces Ben Chapman in Phila, NY Giants Leo Durocher replaces Mel Ott & Burt Shotton replaces Durocher as Dodger manager

1951Novel "Catcher in Rye" by J. D. Salinger published

1967Mickey Wright wins Lady Carling Golf Open

1971Franco appoints prince Juan Carlos as deputy in Spain

1979Premier/pres al-Bakr of Iraq is succeeded by Saddam Hussein

1980Ronald Reagan nominated for US President by Republicans in Detroit

1988Carl Lewis runs a wind-assisted 100 m in 9.78 sec

198944th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Betsy King

1999John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette are killed in a plane crash off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. The Piper Saratoga aircraft was piloted by Kennedy.

200311th ESPY Awards: Lance Armstrong, Serena Williams win

On This Day In History
Date Event
Jul 16, 463
Start of Lunar Cycle of Hilarius 
Jul 16, 622
Moslem Era begins-Mahomet begins flight from Mecca to Medina (Hejira) 
Jul 16, 1054
Michael Caerularius excommunicated of Constantinople 
Jul 16, 1054
Three Roman legates fracture relations between Western and Eastern Christian churches by placing invalid Papal Bull of Excommunication on altar of Hagia Sophia during Saturday afternoon divine liturgy. Often dated as start of the East-West Schism. 
Jul 16, 1099
Crusaders herd Jews of Jerusalem into a synagogue & set it afire 
Jul 16, 1212
Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa; end of Moslem power in Spain 
Jul 16, 1251
The Virgin Mary gives Simon Stock a Brown Scapular (legend) 
Jul 16, 1338
German monarch signs Treaty of Rense 
Jul 16, 1429
Army entered Reims 
Jul 16, 1429
Joan of Arc and the French army enter the city of Rheims 
Jul 16, 1439
Kissing is banned in England (to stop germs from spreading) 
Jul 16, 1465
Battle at Montlhéry 
Jul 16, 1519
Public debate between Martin Luther & theologist John Eck at Pleissenburg Castle in Liepzig, Luther denies the divine right of the Pope 
Jul 16, 1548
La Paz, Bolivia is founded 
Jul 16, 1573
Alva demands submission of Zealand/Holland 
Jul 16, 1618
Capt John Gilbert patents 1st dredger in Britain 
Jul 16, 1661
1st banknotes in Europe are issued by Bank of Stockholm 
Jul 16, 1683
Turkish troops under Kara Mustafa attain Vienna 
Jul 16, 1683
Manchu/Chinese Qing Dynasty naval forces under commander Shi Lang defeat the Kingdom of Tungning in the Battle of Penghu near the Pescadores Islands. 
Jul 16, 1755
John Adams graduates Harvard 
Jul 16, 1769
Father Junipero Serra founds Mission San Diego, 1st mission in Calif 
Jul 16, 1782
Mozart's opera "Das Entfuhrung aus dem Serail," premieres in Vienna 
Jul 16, 1790
US Congress establishes District of Columbia 
Jul 16, 1798
US Public Health Service forms & US Marine Hospital authorized 
Jul 16, 1801
Pope Pius VII & 1st consul Napoleon sign concord 
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