July 16

This Day in History

1964

First Captive Killer Whale Harpooned

When the Vancouver Aquarium needed a model for a scale-sized orca display for its new entrance hall, sculptor Samuel Burich harpooned an orca whale on this day in 1964. Later named Moby Doll, the … (more...)

1945

First atomic bomb detonated

On July 16, 1945, the world's first atomic bomb is secretly detonated in the desert near Los Alamos, New Mexico. Under extreme secrecy, the British and Americans began development of the bomb in 1940. … (more...)

1927

Battle of Ocotal

On this day in 1927, the Battle of Ocotal was ignited when liberal troops led by Augusto Cesar Sandino attacked US marine forces and the National Guard at Ocotal in the Nueva Segovia Province of … (more...)

1916

Picasso’s "Les Demoiselles d’Avignon" Ignites Furore

On this day in 1916, Pablo Picasso's Les demoiselles d'Avignon, or The Young Ladies of Avignon, an oil painting portraying five nude prostitutes from a brothel in Barcelona, ignited a furor when it … (more...)