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

  • 1780
    The University of Münster in Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany is founded.
  • 1858
    The Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is wound up.
  • 1917
    Lenin returns to Petrograd from exile in Switzerland.
  • 1945
    More than 7,000 die when the German refugee ship Goya is sunk by a Soviet submarine torpedo.
  • 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.
  • 1947
    Bernard Baruch coins the term “Cold War” to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union.
  • 1953
    Queen Elizabeth II launches the Royal Yacht Ship HMY.
  • 2001
    India and Bangladesh begin a five-day border conflict, but are unable to resolve the disputes about their border.
  • 2003
    The Treaty of Accession is signed in Athens admitting 10 new member states to the European Union.
  • 2007
    President of Côte d'Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo declares the First Ivorian Civil War to be over.

Who were born on April 16?

  • 1844
    Anatole France, French writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1924)
  • 1865
    Henry George Chauvel, Australian general (d. 1945)
  • 1919
    Merce Cunningham, American dancer and choreographer (d. 2009)
  • 1951
    Ioan Mihai Cochinescu, Romanian writer and photographer
  • 1959
    Alison Ramsay, Scottish field hockey player
  • 1971
    Moses Chan, Hong Kong actor
  • 1979
    Sixto Peralta, Argentine footballer
  • 1983
    Marié Digby, American singer
  • 1987
    Aaron Lennon, English footballer
  • 1994
    Liliana Mumy, American actress

Who died on April 16?

  • 1879
    Bernadette Soubirous, Saint of the Roman Catholic Church and visionary of Lourdes, France during 1858 (b. 1844)
  • 1904
    Samuel Smiles, Scottish writer and reformer (b. 1812)
  • 1947
    Rudolf Höß, commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp (b. 1900)
  • 1991
    Sir David Lean, British film director (b. 1908)
  • 1995
    Iqbal Masih, Pakistani child slave labourer, activist (b. 1982)
  • 1997
    Roland Topor, French illustrator (b. 1938)
  • 1999
    Skip Spence, Canadian-born guitarist, singer and songwriter (Jefferson Airplane) (b. 1946)
  • 2002
    Robert Urich, American actor (b. 1946)
  • 2005
    Kim Mu-saeng, South Korean actor (b. 1943)
  • 2007
    Kevin Granata, American professor of Engineering (b. 1961)

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