June 16: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On June 16, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts from across history. In the Gregorian calendar, June 16th is the 167th day of the year. On this day in history, Abraham Lincoln gives his “House Divided” address in Springfield, Illinois, the Salvation Army is founded in London, and Bhutan becomes the first country to outlaw tobacco completely.

Gemini is the zodiac sign for June 16th. Laurie Metcalf, John Cho, Tupac Shakur, and Jürgen Klopp all have famous birthdays. It’s National Fudge Day today.


(June 16, 1779)
The Great Siege of Gibraltar begins when Spain declares war on the United Kingdom of Great Britain.


(June 16, 1819)
A huge earthquake strikes the Kutch district of western India, killing over 1,543 people and rising the Allah Bund, a 6 m high, 6 km wide ridge that stretches for at least 80 km ("Dam of God").

(June 16, 1911)
In Endicott, New York, IBM was started as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company.

(June 16, 1963)
Valentina V. Tereshkova, a Soviet cosmonaut, became the first woman to travel in space on this day in 1963, after being launched into orbit on the spacecraft Vostok 6, which completed 48 orbits in 71 hours.

(Died on June 16, 2013)
Ottmar Walter, German footballer (b. 1924).

(June 16, 2017)
Helmut Kohl, the first chancellor of a unified Germany since 1945, died at the age of 87. He presided over the reunification of East Germany into West Germany in 1990.

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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