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JANUARY 16

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India: Bhogi Pongal (north)/Makar Sankranti(south)
(Day 3 of 3-day festival celebrating the harvest and the Julian new year)
Makar Sankranti/Pongal
1932 Dian Fossey (San Francisco-born Naturalist and Leading Authority on Mountain Gorilla) Dian Fossey Africa Primates
1881 Arthur Percy Morris Fleming (English Pioneer in the Development of Radio and Radar) English Scientists and Mathematicians Radio
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1967 Robert J Van De Graaff (Alabama-born Physicist) Robert J Van De Graaff Physics Subatomic Particles Inventors & Inventions
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1219 Northern Netherlands Floods - Thousands Die Netherlands Floods Death University of Amsterdam
1865 General Sherman Issues Special Field Order No. 15: "40 Acres and a Mule" William Tecumseh Sherman American Civil War Farming & Agriculture New Jersey Bar Foundation African American Registry
1868 A Refrigerator Car Is Patented by William Davis of Detroit, Michigan Detroit Scientists & Inventors Inventors & Inventions Patents and Trademarks Indiana State Library
1903 Asteroid number 500, Selinur, Is Discovered Asteroids Space and Astronomy NASA
1906 Christian Hülsmeyer Receives U.S. Patent for a Forerunner of Radar German Scientists & Mathematicians Patents & Trademarks Inventors & Inventions Radar Technology and Society
1910 First U.S. Aviation Meet Is Held in Los Angeles Los Angeles Aviation Historic Firsts NASA
1919 Nebraska, Missouri & Wyoming Complete Ratification of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution Nebraska Missouri Wyoming The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Illegal Drugs New York Times
1920 Prohibition Begins as the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Takes Effect Nebraska The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Illegal Drugs New York Times
1921 Gale Force Winds Drive a Sand Blizzard over Western Minnesota Minnesota Wind Minnesota Historical Society
1953 The Chevrolet Corvette Is First Introduced at New York Car Show New York City Automobiles Historic Firsts History Channel
1969 Soviet Soyuz 4 & Soyuz 5 Are First Two Piloted Spacecraft to Dock in Space Soviet Space Program Space Exploration Historic Firsts American Institute of Aeronatics and Astronautics NASA
1979 6.7 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 200+ in Iran Iran Earthquakes Death USGS
1994 4.6 Magnitude Earthquake Is Largest in Pennsylvania's Recorded History Pennsylvania Earthquakes USGS
2003 Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-107) Launched for Extended Microgravity Investigations Columbia Disaster NASA

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