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, 24,871,680 minutes 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

  • 1582
    Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma founds the settlement of Salta, Argentina.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1881
    In Dodge City, Kansas, Bat Masterson fights his last gun battle.
  • 1922
    The Treaty of Rapallo, pursuant to which Germany and the Soviet Union re-establish diplomatic relations, is signed.
  • 1925
    During the Communist St Nedelya Church assault in Sofia, 150 are killed and 500 are wounded.
  • 1947
    Texas City Disaster: An explosion on board a freighter in port causes the city of Texas City, Texas, to catch fire, killing almost 600.
  • 1990
    The “Doctor of Death”, Jack Kevorkian, participates in his first assisted suicide.
  • 2007
    President of Côte d'Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo declares the First Ivorian Civil War to be over.

Who were born on April 16?

  • 1827
    Octave Crémazie, Canadian poet (d. 1879)
  • 1844
    Anatole France, French writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1924)
  • 1865
    Henry George Chauvel, Australian general (d. 1945)
  • 1885
    Leo Weiner, Hungarian composer and music educator (d. 1960)
  • 1895
    Robert Dean Frisbie, American writer (d. 1948)
  • 1950
    David Graf, American actor (d. 2001)
  • 1951
    Björgvin Halldórsson, Icelandic singer
  • 1953
    J. Neil Schulman, American writer
  • 1971
    Max Beesley, English musician and actor
  • 1975
    Keon Clark, American basketball player

Who died on April 16?

  • 744
    al-Walid II, Umayyad caliph
  • 1118
    Adelaide del Vasto, wife of Roger II of Sicily
  • 1828
    Francisco Goya, Spanish painter (b. 1746)
  • 1938
    Steve Bloomer, English footballer (b. 1874)
  • 1946
    Arthur Chevrolet, Swiss-born race car driver and automobile designer (b. 1884)
  • 1947
    Rudolf Höß, commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp (b. 1900)
  • 1968
    Edna Ferber, American author (b. 1885)
  • 1992
    Neville Brand, American actor (b. 1920)
  • 1995
    Arthur English, English actor and comedian (b. 1919)
  • 2007
    Gaetan Duchesne, Canadian hockey player (b. 1962)

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