What are the important events that happened on April 16? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

April 16: Facts & Myths About This Day

April 16 is the 106th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 259 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 3, 2017 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 414,528 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectahexagon’ day.

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Aries is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 309 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,577 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 16 Historical Events

  • 1346
    Dušan the Mighty is proclaimed Emperor, with the Serbian Empire occupying much of the Balkans.
  • 1521
    Martin Luther’s first appearance before the Diet of Worms to be examined by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and the other estates of the empire.
  • 1746
    The Battle of Culloden is fought between the French-supported Jacobites and the British Hanoverian forces commanded by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, in Scotland after the battle many highland traditions were banned and the Highlands of Scotland were cleared of inhabitants.
  • 1917
    Lenin returns to Petrograd from exile in Switzerland.
  • 1919
    Polish–Soviet War: The Polish army launches the Vilna offensive to capture Vilnius in modern Lithuania.
  • 1922
    The Treaty of Rapallo, pursuant to which Germany and the Soviet Union re-establish diplomatic relations, is signed.
  • 1925
    During the Communist St Nedelya Church assault in Sofia, 150 are killed and 500 are wounded.
  • 1947
    Bernard Baruch coins the term “Cold War” to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union.
  • 1962
    Walter Cronkite takes over as the lead news anchor of the CBS Evening News, during which time he would become “the most trusted man in America”.
  • 1992
    The Katina P. runs aground off of Maputo, Mozambique and 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean.

Who were born on April 16?

  • 1682
    John Hadley, British inventor (d. 1744)
  • 1693
    Anne Sophie Reventlow, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1743)
  • 1800
    George Bingham, 3rd Earl of Lucan, British soldier (d. 1888)
  • 1844
    Anatole France, French writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1924)
  • 1929
    Ed Townsend, American singer and songwriter (d. 2003)
  • 1946
    Margot Adler, American journalist
  • 1962
    Ian MacKaye, American musician, (Fugazi and Minor Threat)
  • 1964
    David Kohan, American television producer
  • 1969
    Fernando Viña, American baseball player
  • 1971
    Max Beesley, English musician and actor

Who died on April 16?

  • 665
    Fructuosus of Braga
  • 744
    al-Walid II, Umayyad caliph
  • 1118
    Adelaide del Vasto, wife of Roger II of Sicily
  • 1850
    Marie Tussaud, founder of the Madame Tussauds wax museum (b. 1761)
  • 1904
    Samuel Smiles, Scottish writer and reformer (b. 1812)
  • 2002
    Ruth Fertel, American restaurateur (b. 1927)
  • 2005
    Kim Mu-saeng, South Korean actor (b. 1943)
  • 2007
    G. V. Loganathan, Indian American professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (b. 1954)
  • 2007
    Seung-Hui Cho, American spree killer (b. 1984)
  • 2008
    Joseph Solman, American painter (b. 1909)

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