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, 1,565,913,600 seconds 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
Maximilien Robespierre presents the petition of the Commune of Paris to the Legislative Assembly, which demanded the formation of a revolutionary tribunal.
Seventeen people die and over 600 are injured in cavalry charges at a public meeting at St. Peter’s Field, Manchester, England.
The Basilica of San Sebastian in Manila, the first all-steel church in Asia, is officially inaugurated and blessed.
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.
An estimated 8.2 MW earthquake hits Valparaíso, Chile, killing 3,886 people.
Completion of the Royal Navy battlecruiser HMS Queen Mary.
The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks.
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.
Who were born on August 16?
Inez Voyce, American female baseball player
Pierre Richard, French actor
Cliff Fletcher, Canadian National Hockey League executive
Richard Hunt, American puppeteer (d. 1992)
Vahan Hovhannisyan, Armenian politician
Tim Farriss, Australian musician (INXS)
Roger Cedeño, Venezuelan baseball player
Didier Agathe, French footballer
Fu Mingxia, Chinese female diver
Kim Oh-Sung, South Korean footballer
Who died on August 16?
Marc-Antoine Parseval, French mathematician (b. 1755)
King Peter I of Serbia (b. 1844)
Lydia Field Emmet, American painter (b. 1866)
Bela Lugosi, Hungarian actor (b. 1882)
Abu Nidal, Palestinian political leader (b. 1937)
Vassar Clements, American musician (b. 1928)
Herschel Green, American pilot (b. 1920)
Max Roach, American percussionist, drummer, and composer (b. 1924)
Ronnie Drew, Irish singer (The Dubliners) (b. 1934)
Dimitrios Ioannidis, Greek military officer and dictator (b. 1923)
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