What happened this day in history

Wikipedia defines history as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. It came from the Greek word ‘historia’ – which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’.

Did you know? There are many who claim Herodotus, a fifth century BC Greek historian, as the “father of history”.

This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,060 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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What are the important events that happened on June 16? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

June 16: Facts & Myths About This Day

June 16 is the 168th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 198 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is June 3, 2024 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 28,641,600 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 ‘hectahexacontaoctagon’ day.

Gemini is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Pearl is the modern birthstone for this month. Moonstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 227 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 4,195 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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June 16 Historical Events

  • 1487
    Battle of Stoke Field, the final engagement of the Wars of the Roses.
  • 1903
    The Ford Motor Company is incorporated.
  • 1940
    A Communist government is installed in Lithuania.
  • 1977
    Oracle Corporation is incorporated in Redwood Shores, California, as Software Development Laboratories (SDL) by Larry Ellison, Bob Miner and Ed Oates.
  • 1989
    Imre Nagy, the former Hungarian Prime Minister, is reburied in Budapest.

Who were born on June 16?

  • 1332
    Isabella de Coucy, English princess (d. 1382)
  • 1612
    Murad IV, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1640)
  • 1970
    Cobi Jones, American soccer player
  • 1972
    Ann Shoket, American magazine editor
  • 1973
    Nikos Machlas, Greek footballer

Who died on June 16?

  • 1939
    William Henry ‘Chick’Webb, American jazz drummer and big band leader (b. 1905)
  • 1967
    Reginald Denny, English stage, film, and television actor (b. 1891)
  • 1969
    Harold Alexander, British military commander (b. 1891)
  • 1982
    James Honeyman-Scott, English guitarist and songwriter (The Pretenders) (b. 1956)
  • 2003
    Pierre Bourgault, Canadian politician (b. 1934)

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