What happened this day in history August 16

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

August 16: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 16 is the 228th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 137 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 3, 2021 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 452,520 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 ‘dihectaicosaoctagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 169 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 3,160 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 16 Historical Events

  • 1328
    The House of Gonzaga seizes power in the Duchy of Mantua, and will rule until 1708.
  • 1819
    Seventeen people die and over 600 are injured in cavalry charges at a public meeting at St. Peter’s Field, Manchester, England.
  • 1859
    The Tuscan National Assembly formally deposes the House of Habsburg-Lorraine.
  • 1863
    The Dominican Restoration War begins when Gregorio Luperón raises the Dominican flag in Santo Domingo after Spain had recolonized the country.
  • 1930
    The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks.
  • 1945
    Puyi, the last Chinese emperor and ruler of Manchukuo, is captured by Soviet troops.
  • 1960
    Joseph Kittinger parachutes from a balloon over New Mexico at 102800 ft, setting three records that still stand today: High-altitude jump, free-fall, and highest speed by a human without an aircraft.
  • 1964
    Vietnam War: A coup d'état replaces Duong Van Minh with General Nguyen Khanh as President of South Vietnam. A new constitution is established with aid from the U.S. Embassy.
  • 1972
    In an unsuccessful coup d'état attempt, the Royal Moroccan Air Force fires upon Hassan II of Morocco’s plane while he is traveling back to Rabat.
  • 1989
    A solar flare from the Sun creates a geomagnetic storm that affects micro chips, leading to a halt of all trading on Toronto’s stock market.

Who were born on August 16?

  • 1884
    Hugo Gernsback, Luxembourg-born editor and publisher (d. 1967)
  • 1920
    Charles Bukowski, American poet (d. 1994)
  • 1934
    Diana Wynne Jones, British author (d. 2011)
  • 1948
    Pierre Reid, Canadian politician and teacher
  • 1952
    Mahes Goonatilleke, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 1956
    Daniel Willems, Belgian cyclist
  • 1964
    Jimmy Arias, American tennis player
  • 1970
    Saif Ali Khan, Indian actor
  • 1973
    Damian Jackson, American baseball player
  • 1978
    Eddie Gill, American basketball player

Who died on August 16?

  • 1327
    Roch, French saint (b. 1295)
  • 1921
    King Peter I of Serbia (b. 1844)
  • 1951
    Louis Jouvet, French actor and producer (b. 1887)
  • 1978
    Alidius Stachouwer, Dutch lawyer and politician (b. 1888)
  • 1989
    Amanda Blake, American actress (b. 1929)
  • 1990
    Pat O'Connor, New Zealand professional wrestler (b. 1925)
  • 1991
    Luigi Zampa, Italian film director (b. 1905)
  • 1997
    Gerard McLarnon, Irish playwright and actor (b. 1915)
  • 2005
    William Corlett, English children’s author (b. 1938)
  • 2006
    Alfredo Stroessner, Paraguayan politician and President of Paraguay (b. 1912)

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