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

  • 1178 BC
    The calculated date of the Greek king Odysseus’ return home from the Trojan War.
  • 1746
    The Battle of Culloden is fought between the French-supported Jacobites and the British Hanoverian forces commanded by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, in Scotland after the battle many highland traditions were banned and the Highlands of Scotland were cleared of inhabitants.
  • 1847
    The accidental shooting of a Māori by an English sailor results in the opening of the Wanganui Campaign of the New Zealand land wars.
  • 1853
    The first passenger rail opens in India, from Bori Bunder, Bombay to Thane.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: The Battle at Lee’s Mills in Virginia.
  • 1881
    In Dodge City, Kansas, Bat Masterson fights his last gun battle.
  • 1908
    Natural Bridges National Monument is established in Utah.
  • 1947
    Bernard Baruch coins the term “Cold War” to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union.
  • 1992
    The Katina P. runs aground off of Maputo, Mozambique and 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean.
  • 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?

  • 778
    King Louis the Pious (d. 840)
  • 1730
    Henry Clinton, British general (d. 1795)
  • 1823
    Gotthold Eisenstein, German mathematician (d. 1852)
  • 1924
    Henry Mancini, American composer (d. 1994)
  • 1960
    Rafael Benítez, Spanish football manager
  • 1975
    Sean Maher, American actor
  • 1976
    Shu Qi, Taiwanese actress
  • 1982
    Barry Jones, Scottish magician
  • 1990
    Evangelos Mantzaris, Greek basketball player
  • 1990
    Lorraine Nicholson, American actress

Who died on April 16?

  • 1198
    Duke Frederick I of Austria
  • 1689
    Aphra Behn, English dramatist (b. 1640)
  • 1888
    Zygmunt Florenty Wróblewski, Polish physicist (b. 1845)
  • 1914
    George William Hill, American astronomer (b. 1838)
  • 1947
    Rudolf Höß, commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp (b. 1900)
  • 1958
    Rosalind Franklin, British chemist (b. 1920)
  • 1989
    Miles Lawrence, English cricketer (b. 1940)
  • 1996
    Stavros Niarchos, Greek shipping tycoon (b. 1909)
  • 1998
    Alberto Calderón, Argentine mathematician (b. 1920)
  • 2006
    Francisco Adam, Portuguese actor and model (b. 1983)

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