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Today is Thursday, January 16,  the 16th day of the year. There are 350

Debbie Allen

Debbie Allen

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  National Bath Safety Month,

National Blood Donor Month, National Braille Literacy Month,

National Hobby Month, Hot Tea Month, National Oatmeal Month,

National Soup Month, National Nothing Day!


Barbara Lynn, 78, singer (You’ll Lose a Good Thing)



Debbie Allen, 70, dancer/actress

Richard Thompson, 69, musician/singer (B.T. Express)

Juanita Bynum, 61, televangelist

Sade, 61, singer

Maxine Jones, 58, singer (En Vogue)

Roy Jones, Jr., 51, boxer

Richard T. Jones, 48, actor

Roy Jones Jr.

Roy Jones Jr.


Aaliyah, 41, singer (d. 2001)


Hiram Revels, 1901, politician, 1st African American Senator (b. 1827)

Ennis Cosby, 1997, son of Bill Cosby (b. 1968)

Will “Dub” Jones, 2000, singer (The Coasters) (b. 1928)

Jimmy Castor, 2012, singer/musician (b. 1940)




1776 – Continental Congress approves enlistment of free blacks.

1865 – Gen. Wm. Sherman issues Field Order #15 (land for blacks).

1871 – Jefferson Long of Georgia sworn in as 2nd black congressman.

1919 – 18th Amendment ratified in the US to bring in prohibition;

repealed in 1933.

Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder

1920 – Zeta Phi Beta Sorority founded at Howard University.

1941 – War Dept. forms 1st Army Air Corps squadron for black cadets.

1966 – Harold R. Perry becomes 2nd black Roman Catholic bishop

in U.S.

1967 – Lucius Amerson, becomes 1st southern (Ala) black sheriff in

20th century.

1970 – Curt Flood files a civil lawsuit challenging baseball’s reserve

Guion Bluford, Ron McNair and Frederick Gregory

Guion Bluford, Ron McNair and Frederick Gregory


1978 – 5th American Music Award:  Stevie Wonder wins.

1978 – NASA named Black astronauts: Guion Bluford, Ron McNair and Frederick Gregory.

1981 – Boxer Leon Spinks is mugged, his assailants even took his

gold teeth.

1984 – 11th American Music Award: Michael Jackson wins

1988 – Jimmy “the Greek” Snyder fired from CBS for racial remarks.


As a Capricorn born on January 16th, you are perhaps most well know for your discipline, loyalty and intelligence. You possess a notable attention to detail, which is complemented by an appreciation for order and structure. When paired with your strong mind, this ability allows you to overcome any problem that you may be confronted with. Your friends and family admire your discipline and problem solving abilities, but they may love you most for your loyalty. You dedicate yourself fully to those you care about and are always looking out for their best interests.

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