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 2015 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 259 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 3, 2015 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,429,142,400 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 298 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 846 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 16 Historical Events

  • 1178 BC
    The calculated date of the Greek king Odysseus’ return home from the Trojan War.
  • 1780
    The University of Münster in Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany is founded.
  • 1818
    The United States Senate ratifies the Rush-Bagot Treaty, establishing the border with Canada.
  • 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.
  • 1919
    Gandhi organizes a day of “prayer and fasting” in response to the killing of Indian protesters in the Amritsar Massacre by the British.
  • 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.
  • 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
    Texas City Disaster: An explosion on board a freighter in port causes the city of Texas City, Texas, to catch fire, killing almost 600.
  • 1992
    The Katina P. runs aground off of Maputo, Mozambique and 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean.

Who were born on April 16?

  • 1682
    John Hadley, British inventor (d. 1744)
  • 1945
    Tom Allen, American politician
  • 1951
    Mordechai Ben David, American Yiddish singer
  • 1954
    Ellen Barkin, American actress
  • 1955
    Bruce Bochy, American baseball player and manager
  • 1964
    Dave Pirner, American rock singer (Soul Asylum)
  • 1974
    Valarie Rae Miller, American actress
  • 1983
    Cat Osterman, American softball pitcher
  • 1990
    Evangelos Mantzaris, Greek basketball player
  • 1994
    Liliana Mumy, American actress

Who died on April 16?

  • 924
    Berengar of Friuli, King of Italy
  • 1828
    Francisco Goya, Spanish painter (b. 1746)
  • 1968
    Edna Ferber, American author (b. 1885)
  • 1970
    Richard Neutra, American architect (b. 1892)
  • 1991
    Sir David Lean, British film director (b. 1908)
  • 1995
    Iqbal Masih, Pakistani child slave labourer, activist (b. 1982)
  • 1998
    Alberto Calderón, Argentine mathematician (b. 1920)
  • 2002
    Robert Urich, American actor (b. 1946)
  • 2005
    Kay Walsh, British actress (b. 1911)
  • 2008
    Joseph Solman, American painter (b. 1909)

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