What happened this day in history September 16

What are the important events that happened on September 16? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

September 16: Facts & Myths About This Day

September 16 is the 259th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 106 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is September 3, 2021 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,631,750,400 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 ‘dihectapentacontaenneagon’ day.

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Virgo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Sapphire is the modern birthstone for this month. Agate is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 138 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 3,191 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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September 16 Historical Events

  • 1776
    American Revolutionary War: the Battle of Harlem Heights is fought.
  • 1779
    American Revolutionary War: The Franco-American Siege of Savannah begins.
  • 1795
    The first occupation by United Kingdom of Cape Colony, South Africa with the Battle of Hout Bay, after successive victories at the Battle of Muizenberg and Wynberg, after William V requested protection against revolutionary France’s occupation of the Netherlands.
  • 1863
    Robert College of Istanbul-Turkey, the first American educational institution outside the United States, is founded by Christopher Robert, an American philanthropist.
  • 1880
    The Cornell Daily Sun prints its first issue in Ithaca, New York. The Sun is the nation’s oldest, continuously-independent college daily in the United States.
  • 1971
    Typhoon Nancy, with possibly the strongest winds ever measured in a tropical cyclone, makes landfall in Osaka, Japan, killing 173 people.
  • 1975
    The first prototype of the MiG-31 interceptor makes its maiden flight.
  • 1978
    An earthquake measuring 7.5 to 7.9 on the Richter scale hits the city of Tabas, Iran killing about 25,000 people.
  • 1987
    The Montreal Protocol is signed to protect the ozone layer from depletion.
  • 1992
    Black Wednesday: the Pound Sterling is forced out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism by currency speculators and is forced to devalue against the German mark.

Who were born on September 16?

  • 1910
    Erich Kempka, Adolf Hitler’s chauffeur (d. 1975)
  • 1926
    Eric Gross, Austrian-Australian composer (d. 2011)
  • 1930
    Anne Francis, American actress (d. 2011)
  • 1935
    Billy Boy Arnold, American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter
  • 1946
    Mike Reynolds, Australian politician
  • 1950
    Henry Louis Gates, American scholar
  • 1953
    Eric Vail, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1976
    Greg Buckner, American basketball player
  • 1978
    Matthew Rogers, American singer
  • 1982
    Ryan Thomson, Scottish footballer

Who died on September 16?

  • 1380
    King Charles V of France (b. 1338)
  • 1498
    Tomás de Torquemada, first grand inquisitor of Spain (b. 1420)
  • 1887
    Sakaigawa Namiemon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 14th Yokozuna (b. 1841)
  • 1898
    Ramón Emeterio Betances, Puerto Rican politician, medical doctor and diplomat (b. 1827)
  • 1991
    Olga Spessivtseva, Russian ballerina (b. 1895)
  • 1996
    McGeorge Bundy, U.S. National Security Advisor (b. 1919)
  • 2001
    Samuel Z. Arkoff, American film producer (b. 1918)
  • 2005
    Harry Freedman, Canadian composer and music educator (b. 1922)
  • 2007
    Robert Jordan, author of the Wheel of Time series (b. 1948)
  • 2010
    Jim Towers, English footballer (b. 1933)

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