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
The House of Gonzaga seizes power in the Duchy of Mantua, and will rule until 1708.
Seventeen people die and over 600 are injured in cavalry charges at a public meeting at St. Peter’s Field, Manchester, England.
The Tuscan National Assembly formally deposes the House of Habsburg-Lorraine.
The Dominican Restoration War begins when Gregorio Luperón raises the Dominican flag in Santo Domingo after Spain had recolonized the country.
The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks.
Puyi, the last Chinese emperor and ruler of Manchukuo, is captured by Soviet troops.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Hugo Gernsback, Luxembourg-born editor and publisher (d. 1967)
Charles Bukowski, American poet (d. 1994)
Diana Wynne Jones, British author (d. 2011)
Pierre Reid, Canadian politician and teacher
Mahes Goonatilleke, Sri Lankan cricketer
Daniel Willems, Belgian cyclist
Jimmy Arias, American tennis player
Saif Ali Khan, Indian actor
Damian Jackson, American baseball player
Eddie Gill, American basketball player
Who died on August 16?
Roch, French saint (b. 1295)
King Peter I of Serbia (b. 1844)
Louis Jouvet, French actor and producer (b. 1887)
Alidius Stachouwer, Dutch lawyer and politician (b. 1888)
Amanda Blake, American actress (b. 1929)
Pat O'Connor, New Zealand professional wrestler (b. 1925)
Luigi Zampa, Italian film director (b. 1905)
Gerard McLarnon, Irish playwright and actor (b. 1915)
William Corlett, English children’s author (b. 1938)
Alfredo Stroessner, Paraguayan politician and President of Paraguay (b. 1912)
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