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

  • 73
    Masada, a Jewish fortress, falls to the Romans after several months of siege, ending the Jewish Revolt.
  • 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.
  • 1853
    The first passenger rail opens in India, from Bori Bunder, Bombay to Thane.
  • 1858
    The Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is wound up.
  • 1908
    Natural Bridges National Monument is established in Utah.
  • 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.
  • 1925
    During the Communist St Nedelya Church assault in Sofia, 150 are killed and 500 are wounded.
  • 1944
    Allied forces started bombing of Belgrade, killing about 1,100 people. This bombing fell on the Orthodox Christian Easter.
  • 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?

  • 1907
    August Eigruber, Austrian war criminal (d. 1947)
  • 1910
    Berton Roueché, American medical writer (d. 1994)
  • 1915
    Joan Alexander, American actress (d. 2009)
  • 1918
    Dick Gibson, British racing driver
  • 1924
    Rudy Pompilli, American musician (Bill Haley & His Comets) (d. 1976)
  • 1953
    J. Neil Schulman, American writer
  • 1972
    Conchita Martínez, Spanish tennis player
  • 1973
    Bonnie Pink, Japanese singer
  • 1976
    Dan Kellner, American fencer
  • 1984
    Noah Fleiss, American actor

Who died on April 16?

  • 1689
    Aphra Behn, English dramatist (b. 1640)
  • 1859
    Alexis de Tocqueville, French historian (b. 1805)
  • 1899
    Emilio Jacinto, Filipino poet and revolutionary (b. 1875)
  • 1904
    Maximilian Kronberger, German poet (b. 1888)
  • 1915
    Nelson W. Aldrich, American politician (b. 1841)
  • 1958
    Rosalind Franklin, British chemist (b. 1920)
  • 1989
    Miles Lawrence, English cricketer (b. 1940)
  • 1994
    Ralph Ellison, American writer (b. 1913)
  • 1998
    Alberto Calderón, Argentine mathematician (b. 1920)
  • 2007
    Frank Bateson, New Zealand astronomer (b. 1909)

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