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
The House of Gonzaga seizes power in the Duchy of Mantua, and will rule until 1708.
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.
The Tuscan National Assembly formally deposes the House of Habsburg-Lorraine.
An estimated 8.2 MW earthquake hits Valparaíso, Chile, killing 3,886 people.
Tōhoku Imperial University of Japan (modern day Tōhoku University) becomes the first university in Japan to admit female students.
The Dole Air Race begins from Oakland, California, to Honolulu, Hawaii, during which six out of the eight participating planes crash or disappear.
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.
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.
Eight years after the remaining French India territories were handed to India, the ratifications of the treaty are exchanged to make the transfer official.
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?
Aparicio Saravia, Uruguayan politician and military leader (d. 1904)
Martin Hawke, 7th Baron Hawke, England cricketer (d. 1938)
Donnie Dunagan, American actor
Barbara George, American singer and songwriter (d. 2006)
Pierre Reid, Canadian politician and teacher
Matt Lukin, American bassist (Mudhoney)
Krisztina Egerszegi, Hungarian swimmer
Emerson, Brazilian footballer
Chris Reynolds, Welsh DJ
Rumer Willis, American actress
Who died on August 16?
Andrew Marvell, English poet (b. 1621)
William Halsey Jr., American Navy Admiral (b. 1882)
Spyros Skouras, Greek-born American movie executive, chairman of the Twentieth Century Fox (b. 1893)
Elvis Presley, American singer, actor, and guitarist (b.1935)
Jean Acker, American silent film actress (b. 1893)
Jaime Saenz, Bolivian poet and novelist, and short story writer (b. 1921)
J.P. McCarthy, American radio personality (b. 1933)
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistani musician & singer (b. 1948)
Dorival Caymmi, Brazilian singer and songwriter (b. 1914)
Ronnie Drew, Irish singer (The Dubliners) (b. 1934)
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