July 16 in History


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Jun 3, 2003
"July 16 in History"
Jul 16 1054

The 'Great Schism' between the Western and Eastern churches began over rival claims of universal pre-eminence. (In 1965, 911 years later, Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras I met to declare an end to the schism.)

Jul 16 1860

A decree from Emperor Norton I of San Francisco, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, dissolves the United States of America.

Jul 16 1917

The Bolsheviks execute the Czar, Czarina, and their children. Contrary to popular mythos, Anastasia did not escape. DNA tests in the 1990's conclude that the woman who was posing as Anastasia was instead a batty old woman.

Jul 16 1927

Industrialist Henry Ford settles a $1 million libel suit brought by labor organizer Aaron Sapiro. Ford's newsweekly, The Dearborn Independent, had accused Sapiro of being part of a conspiracy of "Jewish bankers" to seize control of national wheat production and hand it over to the Communists.

Jul 16 1945

First Atomic Bomb is exploded at Trinity, Alamagordo New Mexico. The exposion yields the equivalent 18,000 tons of TNT.

Jul 16 1964

In 1964, in accepting the Republican presidential nomination in San Francisco, Sen. Barry M. Goldwater said "extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice" and that "moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."

Jul 16 1973

During the Senate's Watergate hearings, former White House aide Alexander Butterfield reveals that President Nixon has a secret tape recording system with lavalier microphones hidden throughout the Oval Office.

Jul 16 1998

An inattentive deputy sheriff in Lafayette, IN, drives his automobile into the stolen tombstone of actor James Dean. The 400 pound tombstone, which was stolen two days prior from Dean's gravesite at Park Cemetary (and later abandoned on a country road), ripped the transmission out of the deputy's vehicle.
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