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

  • 1457 BC
    Likely date of the Battle of Megiddo between Thutmose III and a large Canaanite coalition under the King of Kadesh, the first battle to have been recorded in what is accepted as relatively reliable detail.
  • 1780
    The University of Münster in Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany is founded.
  • 1799
    Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Mount Tabor – Napoleon drives Ottoman Turks across the River Jordan near Acre.
  • 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.
  • 1908
    Natural Bridges National Monument is established in Utah.
  • 1919
    Polish–Soviet War: The Polish army launches the Vilna offensive to capture Vilnius in modern Lithuania.
  • 1925
    During the Communist St Nedelya Church assault in Sofia, 150 are killed and 500 are wounded.
  • 1945
    More than 7,000 die when the German refugee ship Goya is sunk by a Soviet submarine torpedo.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1730
    Henry Clinton, British general (d. 1795)
  • 1866
    José de Diego, Puerto Rican statesman and journalist (d. 1918)
  • 1912
    Garth Williams, American illustrator (d. 1996)
  • 1964
    Dave Pirner, American rock singer (Soul Asylum)
  • 1965
    Michael Wong Man Tak, Hong Kong actor and director
  • 1972
    Ed Byrne, Irish comedian
  • 1975
    Keon Clark, American basketball player
  • 1976
    Shu Qi, Taiwanese actress
  • 1985
    Luol Deng, British-Sudanese basketball player
  • 1986
    Paul di Resta, British racing driver

Who died on April 16?

  • 1198
    Duke Frederick I of Austria
  • 1850
    Marie Tussaud, founder of the Madame Tussauds wax museum (b. 1761)
  • 1859
    Alexis de Tocqueville, French historian (b. 1805)
  • 1899
    Emilio Jacinto, Filipino poet and revolutionary (b. 1875)
  • 1930
    José Carlos Mariátegui, Peruvian journalist, political philosopher and activist (b. 1894)
  • 1947
    Rudolf Höß, commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp (b. 1900)
  • 1995
    Iqbal Masih, Pakistani child slave labourer, activist (b. 1982)
  • 2002
    Ruth Fertel, American restaurateur (b. 1927)
  • 2008
    Joseph Solman, American painter (b. 1909)
  • 2010
    Rasim Delic, Bosnian military chief of staff and war criminal (b. 1949)

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