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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1941
    World War II: The Italian convoy Duisburg, directed to Tunisia, is attacked and destroyed by British ships.
  • 1962
    Walter Cronkite takes over as the lead news anchor of the CBS Evening News, during which time he would become “the most trusted man in America”.
  • 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.
  • 2007
    President of Côte d'Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo declares the First Ivorian Civil War to be over.
  • 2007
    Virginia Tech massacre: The deadliest spree killing in modern American history. Seung-Hui Cho, kills 32 and injures 23 before committing suicide.

Who were born on April 16?

  • 1755
    Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, French painter (d. 1842)
  • 1918
    Dick Gibson, British racing driver
  • 1953
    J. Neil Schulman, American writer
  • 1955
    Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg
  • 1959
    Scott McKinsey, American television director
  • 1960
    Pierre Littbarski, German footballer
  • 1964
    Dave Pirner, American rock singer (Soul Asylum)
  • 1969
    Patrik Järbyn, Swedish alpine ski racer
  • 1974
    Mat Devine, American singer (Kill Hannah)
  • 1980
    Paul London, American professional wrestler

Who died on April 16?

  • 1198
    Duke Frederick I of Austria
  • 1645
    Tobias Hume, English composer
  • 1689
    Aphra Behn, English dramatist (b. 1640)
  • 1850
    Marie Tussaud, founder of the Madame Tussauds wax museum (b. 1761)
  • 1899
    Emilio Jacinto, Filipino poet and revolutionary (b. 1875)
  • 1970
    Richard Neutra, American architect (b. 1892)
  • 2003
    Graham Jarvis, Canadian actor (b. 1930)
  • 2007
    Maria Lenk, Brazilian swimmer and first Brazilian woman to compete in the Olympic Games (b. 1915)
  • 2008
    Edward Norton Lorenz, American mathematician and meteorologist (b. 1917)
  • 2008
    Joseph Solman, American painter (b. 1909)

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