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 229th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 137 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 3, 2020 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 26,625,600 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 ‘dihectaicosaenneagon’ 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 180 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 2,795 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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August 16 Historical Events
Battle of Guinegate (Battle of the Spurs) – King Henry VIII of England defeats French Forces who are then forced to retreat.
American Revolutionary War: The Americans led by General John Stark rout British and Brunswick troops under Friedrich Baum at the Battle of Bennington in Walloomsac, New York.
Maximilien Robespierre presents the petition of the Commune of Paris to the Legislative Assembly, which demanded the formation of a revolutionary tribunal.
War of 1812: American General William Hull surrenders Fort Detroit without a fight to the British Army.
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.
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.
Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians is hit on the head by a fastball thrown by Carl Mays of the New York Yankees, and dies early the next day. Chapman was the second player to die from injuries sustained in a Major League Baseball game, the first being Doc Powers in 1909.
The Dole Air Race begins from Oakland, California, to Honolulu, Hawaii, during which six out of the eight participating planes crash or disappear.
Vietnam War: The House Un-American Activities Committee begins investigations of Americans who have aided the Viet Cong. The committee intends to introduce legislation making these activities illegal. Anti-war demonstrators disrupt the meeting and 50 people are arrested.
Who were born on August 16?
Millôr Fernandes, Brazilian playwright
Reginald VelJohnson, American actor
Vahan Hovhannisyan, Armenian politician
Killah Priest, American rapper
Emily Robison, American country singer (Dixie Chicks)
Iván Hurtado, Ecuadorian footballer
Krisztina Egerszegi, Hungarian swimmer
Monder Rizki, Belgian athlete
Matteo Anesi, Italian speed skater
Shawn Pyfrom, American actor
Who died on August 16?
Wenceslaus, King of the Romans, King of Bohemia (b. 1361)
Ashikaga Yoshikatsu, Japanese shogun (b. 1434)
Robert Wilhelm Bunsen, German chemist (b. 1811)
Elvis Presley, American singer, actor, and guitarist (b.1935)
Abu Nidal, Palestinian political leader (b. 1937)
Idi Amin, Ugandan dictator (b. 1928)
William Corlett, English children’s author (b. 1938)
Alfredo Stroessner, Paraguayan politician and President of Paraguay (b. 1912)
Ronnie Drew, Irish singer (The Dubliners) (b. 1934)
Bobby Thomson, American baseball player (b. 1923)
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