On This Day In History, 16 July

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World Events Today

  • In order to control the spread of disease, King Henry VI of England banned kissing today in 1439
  • The Mont Blanc Tunnel in the Alps, which connects France with Italy, was inaugurated today in 1965, it opened to traffic 3 days later
  • Apollo 11 was launched today in 1969, during the mission, its Commander Neil Armstrong and the lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin would become the first men to walk on the Moon

Entertainment Events Today

  • Uruguay beat the hosts Brazil 2-1 today in 1950, to win the 4th FIFA World Cup Final, almost 200,000 attended the match at the famous Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro
  • The Catcher in the Rye was published as a novel for the first time today in 1951, almost 1 million copies are still sold every year
  • The BBC announced today in 2017 that the English actress Jodie Whittaker would become the 13th Doctor Who, the first ever female Doctor Who

Family Events Today

  • The Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, the first man to reach the South Pole, was born today in 1872 in Østfold
  • The American dancer, choreographer, and musician Michael Ryan Flatley, the man behind the Irish dance shows Riverdance and Lord of the Dance, was born today in 1958 in Chicago
  • The Welsh footballer Gareth Bale was born today in 1989 in Cardiff

Main Event Today

  • As part of the Manhattan Project, the first ever nuclear bomb was exploded today in 1945 in New Mexico in the United States

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Corn Fritters Day

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