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
Dušan the Mighty is proclaimed Emperor, with the Serbian Empire occupying much of the Balkans.
The first passenger rail opens in India, from Bori Bunder, Bombay to Thane.
The Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is wound up.
American Civil War: A bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia becomes law.
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.
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.
The United States Army liberates Nazi Sonderlager (high security) prisoner-of-war camp Oflag IV-C (better known as Colditz).
Texas City Disaster: An explosion on board a freighter in port causes the city of Texas City, Texas, to catch fire, killing almost 600.
The “Doctor of Death”, Jack Kevorkian, participates in his first assisted suicide.
The Treaty of Accession is signed in Athens admitting 10 new member states to the European Union.
Who were born on April 16?
King Louis the Pious (d. 840)
Anne Sophie Reventlow, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1743)
Robert Dean Frisbie, American writer (d. 1948)
Gerard McLarnon, Irish playwright (d. 1997)
George “The Animal” Steele, American professional wrestler
Robert Casilla, American artist and illustrator
Dave Pirner, American rock singer (Soul Asylum)
David Kohan, American television producer
Selena, American Tejano singer (d. 1995)
Kelli O'Hara, American singer/actress
Who died on April 16?
Tobias Hume, English composer
Arthur Chevrolet, Swiss-born race car driver and automobile designer (b. 1884)
Richard Neutra, American architect (b. 1892)
Scott Brady, American actor (b. 1924)
Andy Russell, American singer (b. 1919)
Arthur English, English actor and comedian (b. 1919)
Iqbal Masih, Pakistani child slave labourer, activist (b. 1982)
Skip Spence, Canadian-born guitarist, singer and songwriter (Jefferson Airplane) (b. 1946)
Billy Ayre, English footballer and manager (b. 1952)
Rasim Delic, Bosnian military chief of staff and war criminal (b. 1949)
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