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.
  • 1818
    The United States Senate ratifies the Rush-Bagot Treaty, establishing the border with Canada.
  • 1858
    The Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is wound up.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: The Battle at Lee’s Mills in Virginia.
  • 1912
    Harriet Quimby becomes the first woman to fly an airplane across the English Channel.
  • 1917
    Lenin returns to Petrograd from exile in Switzerland.
  • 1919
    Gandhi organizes a day of “prayer and fasting” in response to the killing of Indian protesters in the Amritsar Massacre by the British.
  • 1941
    Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians throws the only Opening Day no-hitter in the history of Major League Baseball, beating the Chicago White Sox 1-0.
  • 1941
    World War II: The Italian convoy Duisburg, directed to Tunisia, is attacked and destroyed by British ships.
  • 2007
    President of Côte d'Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo declares the First Ivorian Civil War to be over.

Who were born on April 16?

  • 1865
    Henry George Chauvel, Australian general (d. 1945)
  • 1904
    Fifi D'Orsay, Canadian actress (d. 1983)
  • 1910
    Berton Roueché, American medical writer (d. 1994)
  • 1929
    Ed Townsend, American singer and songwriter (d. 2003)
  • 1947
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, American basketball player
  • 1956
    David McDowell Brown, American astronaut (d. 2003)
  • 1960
    Rafael Benítez, Spanish football manager
  • 1970
    Dero Goi, German musician
  • 1975
    Nick Pickard, British actor
  • 1985
    Brendon Leonard, New Zealand rugby player

Who died on April 16?

  • 1113
    Sviatopolk II of Kiev, Russian prince (b. 1050)
  • 1687
    George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, English statesman (b. 1628)
  • 1968
    Edna Ferber, American author (b. 1885)
  • 1972
    Yasunari Kawabata, Japanese writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1899)
  • 1973
    Nino Bravo, Spanish singer (b. 1944)
  • 1985
    Scott Brady, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 1992
    Neville Brand, American actor (b. 1920)
  • 1994
    Ralph Ellison, American writer (b. 1913)
  • 2005
    Kay Walsh, British actress (b. 1911)
  • 2007
    Gaetan Duchesne, Canadian hockey player (b. 1962)

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