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, 26,098,560 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 ‘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

  • 1328
    The House of Gonzaga seizes power in the Duchy of Mantua, and will rule until 1708.
  • 1858
    U.S. President James Buchanan inaugurates the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. However, a weak signal forces a shutdown of the service in a few weeks.
  • 1859
    The Tuscan National Assembly formally deposes the House of Habsburg-Lorraine.
  • 1906
    An estimated 8.2 MW earthquake hits Valparaíso, Chile, killing 3,886 people.
  • 1913
    Tōhoku Imperial University of Japan (modern day Tōhoku University) becomes the first university in Japan to admit female students.
  • 1927
    The Dole Air Race begins from Oakland, California, to Honolulu, Hawaii, during which six out of the eight participating planes crash or disappear.
  • 1929
    The 1929 Palestine riots break out in the British Mandate of Palestine between Arabs and Jews and continue until the end of the month. In total, 133 Jews and 116 Arabs are killed.
  • 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.
  • 1962
    Eight years after the remaining French India territories were handed to India, the ratifications of the treaty are exchanged to make the transfer official.
  • 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?

  • 1856
    Aparicio Saravia, Uruguayan politician and military leader (d. 1904)
  • 1860
    Martin Hawke, 7th Baron Hawke, England cricketer (d. 1938)
  • 1934
    Donnie Dunagan, American actor
  • 1942
    Barbara George, American singer and songwriter (d. 2006)
  • 1948
    Pierre Reid, Canadian politician and teacher
  • 1964
    Matt Lukin, American bassist (Mudhoney)
  • 1974
    Krisztina Egerszegi, Hungarian swimmer
  • 1980
    Emerson, Brazilian footballer
  • 1986
    Chris Reynolds, Welsh DJ
  • 1988
    Rumer Willis, American actress

Who died on August 16?

  • 1678
    Andrew Marvell, English poet (b. 1621)
  • 1959
    William Halsey Jr., American Navy Admiral (b. 1882)
  • 1971
    Spyros Skouras, Greek-born American movie executive, chairman of the Twentieth Century Fox (b. 1893)
  • 1977
    Elvis Presley, American singer, actor, and guitarist (b.1935)
  • 1978
    Jean Acker, American silent film actress (b. 1893)
  • 1986
    Jaime Saenz, Bolivian poet and novelist, and short story writer (b. 1921)
  • 1995
    J.P. McCarthy, American radio personality (b. 1933)
  • 1997
    Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistani musician & singer (b. 1948)
  • 2008
    Dorival Caymmi, Brazilian singer and songwriter (b. 1914)
  • 2008
    Ronnie Drew, Irish singer (The Dubliners) (b. 1934)

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