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, 1,460,764,800 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 ‘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

  • 73
    Masada, a Jewish fortress, falls to the Romans after several months of siege, ending the Jewish Revolt.
  • 1346
    Dušan the Mighty is proclaimed Emperor, with the Serbian Empire occupying much of the Balkans.
  • 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.
  • 1917
    Lenin returns to Petrograd from exile in Switzerland.
  • 1925
    During the Communist St Nedelya Church assault in Sofia, 150 are killed and 500 are wounded.
  • 1941
    World War II: The Italian convoy Duisburg, directed to Tunisia, is attacked and destroyed by British ships.
  • 1944
    Allied forces started bombing of Belgrade, killing about 1,100 people. This bombing fell on the Orthodox Christian Easter.
  • 1953
    Queen Elizabeth II launches the Royal Yacht Ship HMY.
  • 1990
    The “Doctor of Death”, Jack Kevorkian, participates in his first assisted suicide.
  • 2001
    India and Bangladesh begin a five-day border conflict, but are unable to resolve the disputes about their border.

Who were born on April 16?

  • 1755
    Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, French painter (d. 1842)
  • 1848
    Kandukuri Veeresalingam, Indian social reformer (d. 1919)
  • 1915
    Gerard McLarnon, Irish playwright (d. 1997)
  • 1922
    Pat Peppler, American pro football coach and executive
  • 1927
    Edie Adams, American actress (d. 2008)
  • 1930
    Herbie Mann, American jazz flute player (d. 2003)
  • 1962
    Ian MacKaye, American musician, (Fugazi and Minor Threat)
  • 1977
    Fredrik Ljungberg, Swedish footballer
  • 1978
    Lara Dutta, Indian actress
  • 1993
    Mirai Nagasu, American figure skater

Who died on April 16?

  • 924
    Berengar of Friuli, King of Italy
  • 1645
    Tobias Hume, English composer
  • 1879
    Bernadette Soubirous, Saint of the Roman Catholic Church and visionary of Lourdes, France during 1858 (b. 1844)
  • 1915
    Nelson W. Aldrich, American politician (b. 1841)
  • 1946
    Arthur Chevrolet, Swiss-born race car driver and automobile designer (b. 1884)
  • 1996
    Stavros Niarchos, Greek shipping tycoon (b. 1909)
  • 1998
    Fred Davis, English snooker player (b. 1913)
  • 2005
    Marla Ruzicka, American humanitarian worker and peace activist (b. 1976)
  • 2007
    G. V. Loganathan, Indian American professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (b. 1954)
  • 2007
    Seung-Hui Cho, American spree killer (b. 1984)

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