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, 1,492,300,800 seconds 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

  • 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.
  • 1912
    Harriet Quimby becomes the first woman to fly an airplane across the English Channel.
  • 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.
  • 1944
    Allied forces started bombing of Belgrade, killing about 1,100 people. This bombing fell on the Orthodox Christian Easter.
  • 1945
    The Red Army begins the final assault on German forces around Berlin, with nearly one million troops fighting in the Battle of the Seelow Heights.
  • 1945
    The United States Army liberates Nazi Sonderlager (high security) prisoner-of-war camp Oflag IV-C (better known as Colditz).
  • 1947
    Texas City Disaster: An explosion on board a freighter in port causes the city of Texas City, Texas, to catch fire, killing almost 600.
  • 1990
    The “Doctor of Death”, Jack Kevorkian, participates in his first assisted suicide.
  • 2003
    The Treaty of Accession is signed in Athens admitting 10 new member states to the European Union.

Who were born on April 16?

  • 1661
    Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax, British poet and statesman (d. 1715)
  • 1928
    Dick “Night Train” Lane, American football player (d. 2002)
  • 1961
    Doris Dragović, Croatian singer
  • 1965
    Martin Lawrence, American actor
  • 1965
    Michael Wong Man Tak, Hong Kong actor and director
  • 1968
    Vickie Guerrero, American professional wrestling personality
  • 1971
    Seigo Yamamoto, Japanese racing driver
  • 1975
    Kelli O'Hara, American singer/actress
  • 1979
    Christijan Albers, Dutch Formula One driver
  • 1981
    Anestis Agritis, Greek footballer

Who died on April 16?

  • 1687
    George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, English statesman (b. 1628)
  • 1788
    Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, French naturalist (b. 1707)
  • 1899
    Emilio Jacinto, Filipino poet and revolutionary (b. 1875)
  • 1955
    David Kirkwood, Scottish labor leader (b. 1872)
  • 1992
    Neville Brand, American actor (b. 1920)
  • 1994
    Ralph Ellison, American writer (b. 1913)
  • 1999
    Skip Spence, Canadian-born guitarist, singer and songwriter (Jefferson Airplane) (b. 1946)
  • 2002
    Ruth Fertel, American restaurateur (b. 1927)
  • 2007
    Gaetan Duchesne, Canadian hockey player (b. 1962)
  • 2008
    Edward Norton Lorenz, American mathematician and meteorologist (b. 1917)

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