June 16 in History
1884June 16, 1884:
One of the United States’ earliest amusement roller coasters, the Switchback Railway opens in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City.
1903June 16, 1903:
Henry Ford establishes the Ford Motor Company with support from 11 investors.
1911June 16, 1911:
The technology company, International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation is founded by Charles Ranlett Flint.
1943June 16, 1943:
1959June 16, 1959:
Actor George Reeves of “Superman” fame shoots himself to death.
1961June 16, 1961:
Rudolf Nureyev, who would become a world-famous ballet star, defects from the USSR.
1963June 16, 1963:
Valentina V. Tereshkova makes history as the first woman to go to space, aboard the Soviet spacecraft, Vostok 6.
1976June 16, 1976:
The Soweto uprising in South Africa starts with black students protesting the government’s introduction of Afrikaans in all schools as a medium of instruction.
1995June 16, 1995:
The superhero film, “Batman Forever” is released.
2012June 16, 2012:
China sends its first woman, Liu Yang to space on the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft.