July 16 in Pop Culture History
622 – The 354 day Islamic Calendar was established.
1661 – The first banknotes in Europe were issued by the Swedish bank Stockholms Banco.
1769 – Father Junípero Serra founded California’s first mission, Mission San Diego de Alcalá, alter known as San Diego, California.
1790 – The District of Columbia was established as the capital of the United States with the Residence Act.
1862 – David Farragut was promoted to rear admiral, becoming the first officer in United States Navy to hold the rank.
1915 – The Boy Scout’s First Order of the Arrow ceremony took place and the Order of the Arrow was founded.
1935 – The world’s first parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The first US patent for the device was filed by Roger W. Babson, on August 30, 1928.
1941 – Joe DiMaggio hit safely for the 56th consecutive game, a MLB record that still stands.
1945 – (Manhattan Project) The United States successfully detonated a plutonium-based test nuclear weapon near Alamogordo, New Mexico.
1951 – The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger was published for the first time, by Little, Brown and Company.
1965 – The Mont Blanc Tunnel linking France and Italy opened.
1966 – #1 Hit July 16, 1966 – July 29, 1966: Tommy James and the Shondells – Hanky Panky
1969 – Apollo 11 was launched from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Kennedy, Florida.
1977 – #1 Hit July 16, 1977 – July 22, 1977: Shaun Cassidy – Da Doo Ron Ron
1982 – Young Doctors in Love, A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy, Summer Lovers and Six Pack debuted in theaters.
1993 – Free Willy, Road Scholar, Twist and Hocus Pocus were released in theaters.
1994 – Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 collided with Jupiter, through July 22.
1999 – The Blair Witch Project, Eyes Wide Shut, Lake Placid and The Wood debuted in theaters.
2002 – Eight Legged Freaks debuted in theaters.
2004 – I Robot and A Cinderella Story were released in theaters.
2004 – Millennium Park was opened to the public by Mayor Richard M. Daley.
2010 – Inception was released in theaters.
2011 – #1 Hit July 16, 2011 – August 26, 2011: LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock – Party Rock Anthem