What happened this day in history February 16

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

  • 1646
    Battle of Torrington, Devon – the last major battle of the first English Civil War.
  • 1742
    Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, becomes British Prime Minister.
  • 1804
    First Barbary War: Stephen Decatur leads a raid to burn the pirate-held frigate USS Philadelphia.
  • 1923
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Pig in Chinese astrology.
  • 1940
    World War II: Altmark Incident: The German tanker Altmark is boarded by sailors from the British destroyer HMS Cossack. 299 British prisoners are freed.
  • 1945
    World War II: American forces land on Corregidor Island in the Philippines.
  • 1959
    Fidel Castro becomes Premier of Cuba after dictator Fulgencio Batista was overthrown on January 1.
  • 1962
    Flooding in the coastal areas of West Germany kills 315 and destroys the homes of about 60,000 people.
  • 1987
    The trial of John Demjanjuk, accused of being a Nazi guard dubbed “Ivan the Terrible” in Treblinka extermination camp, starts in Jerusalem.
  • 2005
    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?

  • 1519
    Gaspard de Coligny, French Huguenot leader (d. 1572)
  • 1831
    Nikolai Leskov, Russian writer (d. 1895)
  • 1838
    Henry Adams, American historian and novelist (d. 1918)
  • 1903
    Edgar Bergen, American ventriloquist (d. 1978)
  • 1904
    George F. Kennan, American historian and diplomat (d. 2005)
  • 1909
    Richard McDonald, American fast food entrepreneur (d. 1998)
  • 1938
    Barry Primus, American actor
  • 1983
    Agyness Deyn, British model
  • 1991
    Sergio Canales, Spanish footballer
  • 1993
    Mike Weinberg, American former child actor

Who died on February 16?

  • 1531
    Johannes Stöffler, German mathematician and astronomer (b. 1452)
  • 1961
    Dazzy Vance, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (b. 1891)
  • 1986
    kumar shiv shankar, Indian Batsman (b. 1909)
  • 1988
    Jean Carignan, French Canadian fiddler (b. 1916)
  • 1996
    Brownie McGhee, American singer (b. 1915)
  • 1996
    Edmund G. “Pat” Brown, Governor of California (b. 1905)
  • 1996
    Roger Bowen, American actor (b. 1932)
  • 2000
    Lila Kedrova, Russian-born actress (b. 1918)
  • 2001
    Howard W. Koch, American film director (b. 1916)
  • 2010
    Wan Chi Keung, Hong Kong soccer player and actor. (b. 1956)

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