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, 405,768 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 ‘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

  • 1582
    Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma founds the settlement of Salta, Argentina.
  • 1818
    The United States Senate ratifies the Rush-Bagot Treaty, establishing the border with Canada.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: A bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia becomes law.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: The Battle at Lee’s Mills in Virginia.
  • 1919
    Gandhi organizes a day of “prayer and fasting” in response to the killing of Indian protesters in the Amritsar Massacre by the British.
  • 1945
    More than 7,000 die when the German refugee ship Goya is sunk by a Soviet submarine torpedo.
  • 1953
    Queen Elizabeth II launches the Royal Yacht Ship HMY.
  • 1963
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pens his Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated in Birmingham, Alabama for protesting against segregation.
  • 1992
    The Katina P. runs aground off of Maputo, Mozambique and 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean.
  • 2003
    The Treaty of Accession is signed in Athens admitting 10 new member states to the European Union.

Who were born on April 16?

  • 1895
    Robert Dean Frisbie, American writer (d. 1948)
  • 1921
    Peter Ustinov, English actor (d. 2004)
  • 1937
    George “The Animal” Steele, American professional wrestler
  • 1948
    Lynne Franks, British public relations consultant
  • 1952
    Michel Blanc, French actor
  • 1960
    Rafael Benítez, Spanish football manager
  • 1965
    Jon Cryer, American actor
  • 1976
    Dan Kellner, American fencer
  • 1979
    Sixto Peralta, Argentine footballer
  • 1990
    Lorraine Nicholson, American actress

Who died on April 16?

  • 69
    Marcus Salvius Otho, Roman Emperor (b. 32)
  • 1118
    Adelaide del Vasto, wife of Roger II of Sicily
  • 1689
    Aphra Behn, English dramatist (b. 1640)
  • 1788
    Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, French naturalist (b. 1707)
  • 1859
    Alexis de Tocqueville, French historian (b. 1805)
  • 1938
    Steve Bloomer, English footballer (b. 1874)
  • 1946
    Arthur Chevrolet, Swiss-born race car driver and automobile designer (b. 1884)
  • 1958
    Rosalind Franklin, British chemist (b. 1920)
  • 1985
    Scott Brady, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 2001
    Alec Stock, English football manager (b. 1917)

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