What happened on this day in history - January 16

1572 - The Duke of Norfolk was tried for treason for complicity in the Ridolfi plot to restore Catholicism in England. He was executed on June 2.

1759 - The British Museum opened.

1866 - Mr. Everett Barney patented the metal screw, clamp skate.

1896 - The first five-player college basketball game was played at Iowa City, IA.

1900 - The U.S. Senate consented to the Anglo-German treaty of 1899, by which the U.K. renounced rights to the Samoan islands.

1920 - The motion picture “The Kid” opened.

1933- American writer, Susan Sontag was born.

1964 - “Hello Dolly!” opened at the St. James Theatre in New York City.

1974- Celebrity model Kate Moss was born.

1982 - Britain and the Vatican resumed full diplomatic relations after a break of over 400 years.

1985 - “Playboy” magazine announced its 30-year tradition of stapling centerfold models in the bellybutton and elsewhere would come to an immediate end.

1988 - Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder was fired as a CBS sports commentator one day after telling a TV station in Washington, DC, that, during the era of slavery.

Blacks had been bred to produce stronger offspring.

1995 - Avalanches following heavy rain sweep two buses off the highway between Srinagar and Jammu in Kashmir. Two more days of avalanches in the area eventually killed more than 200 people; 5,000 others had to be rescued.

1998 - Researchers announce that an altered gene helped to defend against HIV.

1997 - Bill Cosby’s only son, Ennis, 27, was shot to death while changing a flat tire on a dark road in Los Angeles, CA.

1999 - At least 37 bodies were found mutilated of executed in southern Kosovo.

They were all in civilian clothing. This occurred one day after a fierce attack by Serb forces.

2006 - World Bird Flu Pandemic.

2009 - The iTunes Music Store reached 500 million applications downloaded.