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 107th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 259 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 3, 2016 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,460,764,800 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 ‘hectaheptagon’ 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 287 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 1,212 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 16 Historical Events

  • 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.
  • 1582
    Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma founds the settlement of Salta, Argentina.
  • 1853
    The first passenger rail opens in India, from Bori Bunder, Bombay to Thane.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: A bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia becomes law.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: The Battle at Lee’s Mills in Virginia.
  • 1908
    Natural Bridges National Monument is established in Utah.
  • 1917
    Lenin returns to Petrograd from exile in Switzerland.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1924
    Sir John Harvey-Jones, British industrialist (d. 2008)
  • 1930
    Herbie Mann, American jazz flute player (d. 2003)
  • 1938
    Gordon Wilson, Scottish politician
  • 1951
    Mordechai Ben David, American Yiddish singer
  • 1956
    David McDowell Brown, American astronaut (d. 2003)
  • 1964
    Dave Pirner, American rock singer (Soul Asylum)
  • 1978
    Matthew Lloyd, Australian rules footballer
  • 1979
    Sean Costello, American blues musician (d. 2008)
  • 1985
    Brendon Leonard, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1990
    Lorraine Nicholson, American actress

Who died on April 16?

  • 1113
    Sviatopolk II of Kiev, Russian prince (b. 1050)
  • 1118
    Adelaide del Vasto, wife of Roger II of Sicily
  • 1783
    Christian Mayer, Czech astronomer (b. 1719)
  • 1846
    Domenico Dragonetti, Italian composer (b. 1763)
  • 1904
    Maximilian Kronberger, German poet (b. 1888)
  • 1968
    Edna Ferber, American author (b. 1885)
  • 1992
    Neville Brand, American actor (b. 1920)
  • 1994
    Ralph Ellison, American writer (b. 1913)
  • 2002
    Ruth Fertel, American restaurateur (b. 1927)
  • 2007
    Maria Lenk, Brazilian swimmer and first Brazilian woman to compete in the Olympic Games (b. 1915)

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