Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/January 16

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This is a list of selected January 16 anniversaries that appear in the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases, you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial or on a day that is or will soon be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.

Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only five to six events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is generally not posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled featured article or picture of the day.

To report an error when this appears on the Main Page, see Main Page errors. Please remember that this list defers to the supporting articles, so it is best to achieve consensus and make any necessary changes there first.

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National Religious Freedom Day in the United States refimprove, stub
; Teachers' Day in Thailand refimprove
929 – Emir Abd al-Rahman III of Cordoba declared himself caliph, thereby establishing the Caliphate of Córdoba. refimprove section
1120 – The Council of Nablus was held, establishing the earliest surviving written laws of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. refimprove
1547Ivan the Terrible was crowned the first Tsar of Russia at the age of 16. tagged for expansion
1605 – Book One of Don Quixote, El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes, was first published in Madrid, Spain. expansion, refimprove section
1917World War I: The German Empire sent the Zimmermann Telegram, a diplomatic proposal to Mexico to make war against the United States, which led in part to the US entering the war. unreferenced section
1919 – The Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified by thirty-six of the forty-eight states, establishing the prohibition of alcoholic beverages in the United States. expansion
1938Benny Goodman performed a concert at New York City's Carnegie Hall which has been considered instrumental in establishing jazz as a legitimate form of music. unreferenced section
1969 – Student Jan Palach set himself on fire in Wenceslas Square in Prague as a protest against the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia the previous year. refimprove section
1991 – The Gulf War began as a United Nations-led coalition began an assault on Iraqi forces to free Kuwait. unreferenced/refimprove sections, more globalization
1992 – The Chapultepec Peace Accords were signed, ending the 12-year Salvadoran Civil War between the military-led government of El Salvador and the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front. refimprove section
2008 – Five days after proposing lyrics for the wordless Marcha Real, the Spanish national anthem, the Spanish Olympic Committee withdrew the proposal due to widespread criticism. refimprove section



January 16

Nikephoros Choumnos (d. 1327) · William Hall-Jones (b. 1851) · Pauline Phillips (d. 2013)

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