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 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 137 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 3, 2019 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,565,913,600 seconds 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 162 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 2,429 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 16 Historical Events

  • 1792
    Maximilien Robespierre presents the petition of the Commune of Paris to the Legislative Assembly, which demanded the formation of a revolutionary tribunal.
  • 1819
    Seventeen people die and over 600 are injured in cavalry charges at a public meeting at St. Peter’s Field, Manchester, England.
  • 1891
    The Basilica of San Sebastian in Manila, the first all-steel church in Asia, is officially inaugurated and blessed.
  • 1896
    Skookum Jim Mason, George Carmack and Dawson Charlie discover gold in a tributary of the Klondike River in Canada, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush.
  • 1906
    An estimated 8.2 MW earthquake hits Valparaíso, Chile, killing 3,886 people.
  • 1913
    Completion of the Royal Navy battlecruiser HMS Queen Mary.
  • 1930
    The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks.
  • 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.

Who were born on August 16?

  • 1924
    Inez Voyce, American female baseball player
  • 1934
    Pierre Richard, French actor
  • 1935
    Cliff Fletcher, Canadian National Hockey League executive
  • 1951
    Richard Hunt, American puppeteer (d. 1992)
  • 1956
    Vahan Hovhannisyan, Armenian politician
  • 1957
    Tim Farriss, Australian musician (INXS)
  • 1974
    Roger Cedeño, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1975
    Didier Agathe, French footballer
  • 1978
    Fu Mingxia, Chinese female diver
  • 1986
    Kim Oh-Sung, South Korean footballer

Who died on August 16?

  • 1836
    Marc-Antoine Parseval, French mathematician (b. 1755)
  • 1921
    King Peter I of Serbia (b. 1844)
  • 1952
    Lydia Field Emmet, American painter (b. 1866)
  • 1956
    Bela Lugosi, Hungarian actor (b. 1882)
  • 2002
    Abu Nidal, Palestinian political leader (b. 1937)
  • 2005
    Vassar Clements, American musician (b. 1928)
  • 2006
    Herschel Green, American pilot (b. 1920)
  • 2007
    Max Roach, American percussionist, drummer, and composer (b. 1924)
  • 2008
    Ronnie Drew, Irish singer (The Dubliners) (b. 1934)
  • 2010
    Dimitrios Ioannidis, Greek military officer and dictator (b. 1923)

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