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 106th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 259 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 3, 2017 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 414,528 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 ‘hectahexagon’ 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 309 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 1,577 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1858
    The Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is wound up.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: A bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia becomes law.
  • 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.
  • 1945
    The United States Army liberates Nazi Sonderlager (high security) prisoner-of-war camp Oflag IV-C (better known as Colditz).
  • 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”.
  • 1992
    The Katina P. runs aground off of Maputo, Mozambique and 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean.
  • 2003
    The Treaty of Accession is signed in Athens admitting 10 new member states to the European Union.

Who were born on April 16?

  • 1660
    Sir Hans Sloane, British collector and physician (d. 1753)
  • 1871
    John Millington Synge, Irish writer (d. 1909)
  • 1899
    Osman Achmatowicz, Polish chemist (d. 1988)
  • 1950
    David Graf, American actor (d. 2001)
  • 1952
    Bill Belichick, American football coach
  • 1963
    Saleem Malik, Pakistani cricketer
  • 1974
    Mat Devine, American singer (Kill Hannah)
  • 1976
    Lukas Haas, American actor
  • 1993
    Mirai Nagasu, American figure skater
  • 2008
    Princess Eléonore of Belgium

Who died on April 16?

  • 665
    Fructuosus of Braga
  • 1113
    Sviatopolk II of Kiev, Russian prince (b. 1050)
  • 1888
    Zygmunt Florenty Wróblewski, Polish physicist (b. 1845)
  • 1928
    Henry Birks, Canadian businessman, founder of Henri Birks and Sons (b. 1840)
  • 1955
    David Kirkwood, Scottish labor leader (b. 1872)
  • 1978
    Lucius D. Clay, American general (b. 1897)
  • 1989
    Miles Lawrence, English cricketer (b. 1940)
  • 1995
    Iqbal Masih, Pakistani child slave labourer, activist (b. 1982)
  • 2001
    Alec Stock, English football manager (b. 1917)
  • 2008
    Joseph Solman, American painter (b. 1909)

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