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

  • 1457 BC
    Likely date of the Battle of Megiddo between Thutmose III and a large Canaanite coalition under the King of Kadesh, the first battle to have been recorded in what is accepted as relatively reliable detail.
  • 1582
    Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma founds the settlement of Salta, Argentina.
  • 1858
    The Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is wound up.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: The Siege of Vicksburg – ships led by Union Admiral David Dixon Porter move through heavy Confederate artillery fire on approach to Vicksburg, Mississippi.
  • 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.
  • 1944
    Allied forces started bombing of Belgrade, killing about 1,100 people. This bombing fell on the Orthodox Christian Easter.
  • 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.
  • 1945
    The United States Army liberates Nazi Sonderlager (high security) prisoner-of-war camp Oflag IV-C (better known as Colditz).
  • 1953
    Queen Elizabeth II launches the Royal Yacht Ship HMY.
  • 1962
    Walter Cronkite takes over as the lead news anchor of the CBS Evening News, during which time he would become “the most trusted man in America”.

Who were born on April 16?

  • 1693
    Anne Sophie Reventlow, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1743)
  • 1867
    Wilbur Wright, American aviation pioneer (d. 1912)
  • 1915
    Gerard McLarnon, Irish playwright (d. 1997)
  • 1919
    Tom Willmore, English geometer (d. 2005)
  • 1951
    Ioan Mihai Cochinescu, Romanian writer and photographer
  • 1963
    Saleem Malik, Pakistani cricketer
  • 1970
    Dero Goi, German musician
  • 1982
    Jonathan Vilma, American football player
  • 1983
    Marié Digby, American singer
  • 1986
    Paul di Resta, British racing driver

Who died on April 16?

  • 744
    al-Walid II, Umayyad caliph
  • 1888
    Zygmunt Florenty Wróblewski, Polish physicist (b. 1845)
  • 1978
    Lucius D. Clay, American general (b. 1897)
  • 1985
    Scott Brady, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 1992
    Neville Brand, American actor (b. 1920)
  • 1997
    Doris Angleton, American socialite (b. 1951)
  • 1997
    Roland Topor, French illustrator (b. 1938)
  • 2005
    Kay Walsh, British actress (b. 1911)
  • 2005
    Marla Ruzicka, American humanitarian worker and peace activist (b. 1976)
  • 2008
    Edward Norton Lorenz, American mathematician and meteorologist (b. 1917)

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