What happened this day in history April 16

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 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 259 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 3, 2020 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 26,449,920 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 302 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 2,673 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 16 Historical Events

  • 1346
    Dušan the Mighty is proclaimed Emperor, with the Serbian Empire occupying much of the Balkans.
  • 1853
    The first passenger rail opens in India, from Bori Bunder, Bombay to Thane.
  • 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.
  • 1941
    Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians throws the only Opening Day no-hitter in the history of Major League Baseball, beating the Chicago White Sox 1-0.
  • 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.
  • 1945
    The United States Army liberates Nazi Sonderlager (high security) prisoner-of-war camp Oflag IV-C (better known as Colditz).
  • 1947
    Texas City Disaster: An explosion on board a freighter in port causes the city of Texas City, Texas, to catch fire, killing almost 600.
  • 1990
    The “Doctor of Death”, Jack Kevorkian, participates in his first assisted suicide.
  • 2003
    The Treaty of Accession is signed in Athens admitting 10 new member states to the European Union.

Who were born on April 16?

  • 778
    King Louis the Pious (d. 840)
  • 1693
    Anne Sophie Reventlow, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1743)
  • 1895
    Robert Dean Frisbie, American writer (d. 1948)
  • 1915
    Gerard McLarnon, Irish playwright (d. 1997)
  • 1937
    George “The Animal” Steele, American professional wrestler
  • 1959
    Robert Casilla, American artist and illustrator
  • 1964
    Dave Pirner, American rock singer (Soul Asylum)
  • 1964
    David Kohan, American television producer
  • 1971
    Selena, American Tejano singer (d. 1995)
  • 1975
    Kelli O'Hara, American singer/actress

Who died on April 16?

  • 1645
    Tobias Hume, English composer
  • 1946
    Arthur Chevrolet, Swiss-born race car driver and automobile designer (b. 1884)
  • 1970
    Richard Neutra, American architect (b. 1892)
  • 1985
    Scott Brady, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 1992
    Andy Russell, American singer (b. 1919)
  • 1995
    Arthur English, English actor and comedian (b. 1919)
  • 1995
    Iqbal Masih, Pakistani child slave labourer, activist (b. 1982)
  • 1999
    Skip Spence, Canadian-born guitarist, singer and songwriter (Jefferson Airplane) (b. 1946)
  • 2002
    Billy Ayre, English footballer and manager (b. 1952)
  • 2010
    Rasim Delic, Bosnian military chief of staff and war criminal (b. 1949)

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