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 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

  • 1513
    Battle of Guinegate (Battle of the Spurs) – King Henry VIII of England defeats French Forces who are then forced to retreat.
  • 1777
    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.
  • 1792
    Maximilien Robespierre presents the petition of the Commune of Paris to the Legislative Assembly, which demanded the formation of a revolutionary tribunal.
  • 1812
    War of 1812: American General William Hull surrenders Fort Detroit without a fight to the British Army.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1920
    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.
  • 1927
    The Dole Air Race begins from Oakland, California, to Honolulu, Hawaii, during which six out of the eight participating planes crash or disappear.
  • 1966
    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?

  • 1923
    Millôr Fernandes, Brazilian playwright
  • 1952
    Reginald VelJohnson, American actor
  • 1956
    Vahan Hovhannisyan, Armenian politician
  • 1970
    Killah Priest, American rapper
  • 1972
    Emily Robison, American country singer (Dixie Chicks)
  • 1974
    Iván Hurtado, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1974
    Krisztina Egerszegi, Hungarian swimmer
  • 1979
    Monder Rizki, Belgian athlete
  • 1984
    Matteo Anesi, Italian speed skater
  • 1986
    Shawn Pyfrom, American actor

Who died on August 16?

  • 1419
    Wenceslaus, King of the Romans, King of Bohemia (b. 1361)
  • 1443
    Ashikaga Yoshikatsu, Japanese shogun (b. 1434)
  • 1899
    Robert Wilhelm Bunsen, German chemist (b. 1811)
  • 1977
    Elvis Presley, American singer, actor, and guitarist (b.1935)
  • 2002
    Abu Nidal, Palestinian political leader (b. 1937)
  • 2003
    Idi Amin, Ugandan dictator (b. 1928)
  • 2005
    William Corlett, English children’s author (b. 1938)
  • 2006
    Alfredo Stroessner, Paraguayan politician and President of Paraguay (b. 1912)
  • 2008
    Ronnie Drew, Irish singer (The Dubliners) (b. 1934)
  • 2010
    Bobby Thomson, American baseball player (b. 1923)

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