What are the important events that happened on February 16? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
February 16: Facts & Myths About This Day
February 16 is the 47th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 319 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 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, 439,392 hours 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 ‘tetracontaheptagon’ day.
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Aquarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 362 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 2,613 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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February 16 Historical Events
Battle of Torrington, Devon – the last major battle of the first English Civil War.
Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, becomes British Prime Minister.
First Barbary War: Stephen Decatur leads a raid to burn the pirate-held frigate USS Philadelphia.
New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Pig in Chinese astrology.
World War II: Altmark Incident: The German tanker Altmark is boarded by sailors from the British destroyer HMS Cossack. 299 British prisoners are freed.
World War II: American forces land on Corregidor Island in the Philippines.
Fidel Castro becomes Premier of Cuba after dictator Fulgencio Batista was overthrown on January 1.
Flooding in the coastal areas of West Germany kills 315 and destroys the homes of about 60,000 people.
The trial of John Demjanjuk, accused of being a Nazi guard dubbed “Ivan the Terrible” in Treblinka extermination camp, starts in Jerusalem.
The National Hockey League cancels the entire 2004-2005 regular season and playoffs, becoming the first major sports league in North America to do so over a labor dispute.
Who were born on February 16?
Gaspard de Coligny, French Huguenot leader (d. 1572)
Nikolai Leskov, Russian writer (d. 1895)
Henry Adams, American historian and novelist (d. 1918)
Edgar Bergen, American ventriloquist (d. 1978)
George F. Kennan, American historian and diplomat (d. 2005)
Richard McDonald, American fast food entrepreneur (d. 1998)
Barry Primus, American actor
Agyness Deyn, British model
Sergio Canales, Spanish footballer
Mike Weinberg, American former child actor
Who died on February 16?
Johannes Stöffler, German mathematician and astronomer (b. 1452)
Dazzy Vance, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (b. 1891)
kumar shiv shankar, Indian Batsman (b. 1909)
Jean Carignan, French Canadian fiddler (b. 1916)
Brownie McGhee, American singer (b. 1915)
Edmund G. “Pat” Brown, Governor of California (b. 1905)
Roger Bowen, American actor (b. 1932)
Lila Kedrova, Russian-born actress (b. 1918)
Howard W. Koch, American film director (b. 1916)
Wan Chi Keung, Hong Kong soccer player and actor. (b. 1956)
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