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.
  • 1780
    The University of Münster in Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany is founded.
  • 1799
    Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Mount Tabor – Napoleon drives Ottoman Turks across the River Jordan near Acre.
  • 1858
    The Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is wound up.
  • 1908
    Natural Bridges National Monument is established in Utah.
  • 1919
    Gandhi organizes a day of “prayer and fasting” in response to the killing of Indian protesters in the Amritsar Massacre by the British.
  • 1990
    The “Doctor of Death”, Jack Kevorkian, participates in his first assisted suicide.
  • 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?

  • 1661
    Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax, British poet and statesman (d. 1715)
  • 1918
    Dick Gibson, British racing driver
  • 1918
    Spike Milligan, Irish comedian (d. 2002)
  • 1951
    Ioan Mihai Cochinescu, Romanian writer and photographer
  • 1953
    J. Neil Schulman, American writer
  • 1962
    Ian MacKaye, American musician, (Fugazi and Minor Threat)
  • 1971
    Peter Billingsley, American actor
  • 1973
    Bonnie Pink, Japanese singer
  • 1978
    Matthew Lloyd, Australian rules footballer
  • 1984
    Noah Fleiss, American actor

Who died on April 16?

  • 665
    Fructuosus of Braga
  • 744
    al-Walid II, Umayyad caliph
  • 1198
    Duke Frederick I of Austria
  • 1645
    Tobias Hume, English composer
  • 1904
    Maximilian Kronberger, German poet (b. 1888)
  • 1989
    Miles Lawrence, English cricketer (b. 1940)
  • 1999
    Skip Spence, Canadian-born guitarist, singer and songwriter (Jefferson Airplane) (b. 1946)
  • 2001
    Alec Stock, English football manager (b. 1917)
  • 2007
    Frank Bateson, New Zealand astronomer (b. 1909)
  • 2010
    Rasim Delic, Bosnian military chief of staff and war criminal (b. 1949)

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