World Snake Day

🗓️ On This Day - July 16th

July 16th has proven to be an incredible date throughout history! It’s a day on which we remember international freedoms, spiritual firsts, and operatic debuts. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most important and memorable moments unfolding on July 16th.

On this day

facts about mecca

A pivotal moment in Islamic history.

In 622, the Islamic prophet Muhammad completed his migration from Mecca to Medina. This marked the beginning of the Islamic calendar, which Muslims still observe to this day.

fun facts about mozart

Mozart launched a landmark opera.

Legendary composer and prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart famously debuted his enduring opera – "Die Entführung aus dem Serail" – on this date back in 1782, in Vienna, Austria. Mozart didn’t just compose the piece – he attended as conductor, too!

interesting facts about la Paz

La Paz became independent.

July 16th, 1809 marks the date that La Paz, Bolivia, first declared its independence, breaking free from Spanish rule. This landmark moment would lead to the formation of the Junta Tuitiva, paving the way for other independent governments within Spanish America.

car parking meter

Parking became a bit more difficult!

In 1935, the world's first-ever parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City, US. Although this was an important moment in history, a few people wished it hadn’t happened! Better make sure you’re in a good spot and have enough change to hand in case the meter checker comes around…

Comet in the night sky

There were drops of Jupiter in our hair!

In 1994, the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 collided with Jupiter. This created a series of atmospheric fireballs observed by astronomers all over the world! However, people didn’t have to duck from fiery rain… it wasn’t that dramatic!

Special Days Falling on July 16th

July 16th is just as much about the celebrations as it is about the historical events! With that in mind, here are some of the best reasons to celebrate on July 16th!
facts about snakes

World Snake Day

Snakes get a bad reputation. While they’re perhaps not everyone’s favorite critter (some of us are actually pretty scared of them), they’re innocent creatures all the same! National Snake Day allows us to learn more about why snakes are worth more than a shriek and a shudder. Why not look up some slithery snake facts today, or go spy on a few at your local zoo?

Guru Purnima

Guru Purnima

July 16th marks the highly important day of gratitude, Guru Purnima, celebrated by observant Buddhists and Hindus living and worshipping across India and Nepal. The day may often involve visits to temples, scripture readings, symbolic offerings, and most importantly, offering gratitude to those who teach us – the main reason behind the occasion. Whether you are Buddhist, Hindu, or have other beliefs, today is a great day to recognize those who help us to achieve our best.

fun facts about La Paz

La Paz Day

July 16th every year marks the anniversary of La Paz, Bolivia’s independence from Spanish crown rule. This occasion is known as “Día del departamento de La Paz,” and it’s something of a festival to mark the revolution that occurred here some 200+ years ago. However, it’s celebrated entirely separately from Bolivia’s own independence day, which actually takes place on August 6th – so remember to mark that one in your calendar, too!

This page was last modified on July 26, 2023. Suggest an edit