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July 16: This Day That Year

July 16

- 622 - Muhammad begins flight from Mecca to Medina (Hijra), beginning of Muslim Era.

- 1439 - Kissing was banned in England to stop germs from spreading.

- 1882 - Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln and US First Lady (1861-65), dies (born Dec 13, 1818, age 63).

- 1965 - Mont Blanc Road tunnel between France & Italy opens.

- 1969 - Apollo 11 launched, carrying Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin, to land on Moon.

- 1990 - Philippines: About 400 people die due to an earthquake (7.7).

- 2014 - Syria: Bashar al-Assad is sworn in for a third term as President.

- 2014 - Gaza War: Death toll within Gaza surpasses 200 people following air strikes by Israel.

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