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, 24,346,080 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 ‘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

  • 1521
    Martin Luther’s first appearance before the Diet of Worms to be examined by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and the other estates of the empire.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1947
    Bernard Baruch coins the term “Cold War” to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union.
  • 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.
  • 1972
    Apollo program: The launch of Apollo 16 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
  • 1990
    The “Doctor of Death”, Jack Kevorkian, participates in his first assisted suicide.
  • 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?

  • 1660
    Sir Hans Sloane, British collector and physician (d. 1753)
  • 1918
    Spike Milligan, Irish comedian (d. 2002)
  • 1937
    George “The Animal” Steele, American professional wrestler
  • 1938
    Rich Rollins, American baseball player
  • 1947
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, American basketball player
  • 1955
    Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg
  • 1956
    David McDowell Brown, American astronaut (d. 2003)
  • 1959
    Alison Ramsay, Scottish field hockey player
  • 1985
    Mark Baker, Welsh author and historian
  • 1986
    Paul di Resta, British racing driver

Who died on April 16?

  • 69
    Marcus Salvius Otho, Roman Emperor (b. 32)
  • 1113
    Sviatopolk II of Kiev, Russian prince (b. 1050)
  • 1879
    Bernadette Soubirous, Saint of the Roman Catholic Church and visionary of Lourdes, France during 1858 (b. 1844)
  • 1888
    Zygmunt Florenty Wróblewski, Polish physicist (b. 1845)
  • 1899
    Emilio Jacinto, Filipino poet and revolutionary (b. 1875)
  • 1904
    Maximilian Kronberger, German poet (b. 1888)
  • 1970
    Richard Neutra, American architect (b. 1892)
  • 2003
    Graham Jarvis, Canadian actor (b. 1930)
  • 2007
    Kevin Granata, American professor of Engineering (b. 1961)
  • 2008
    Edward Norton Lorenz, American mathematician and meteorologist (b. 1917)

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