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
American Revolutionary War: the Battle of Harlem Heights is fought.
American Revolutionary War: The Franco-American Siege of Savannah begins.
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.
Robert College of Istanbul-Turkey, the first American educational institution outside the United States, is founded by Christopher Robert, an American philanthropist.
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.
Typhoon Nancy, with possibly the strongest winds ever measured in a tropical cyclone, makes landfall in Osaka, Japan, killing 173 people.
The first prototype of the MiG-31 interceptor makes its maiden flight.
An earthquake measuring 7.5 to 7.9 on the Richter scale hits the city of Tabas, Iran killing about 25,000 people.
The Montreal Protocol is signed to protect the ozone layer from depletion.
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?
Erich Kempka, Adolf Hitler’s chauffeur (d. 1975)
Eric Gross, Austrian-Australian composer (d. 2011)
Anne Francis, American actress (d. 2011)
Billy Boy Arnold, American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter
Mike Reynolds, Australian politician
Henry Louis Gates, American scholar
Eric Vail, Canadian ice hockey player
Greg Buckner, American basketball player
Matthew Rogers, American singer
Ryan Thomson, Scottish footballer
Who died on September 16?
King Charles V of France (b. 1338)
Tomás de Torquemada, first grand inquisitor of Spain (b. 1420)
Sakaigawa Namiemon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 14th Yokozuna (b. 1841)
Ramón Emeterio Betances, Puerto Rican politician, medical doctor and diplomat (b. 1827)
Olga Spessivtseva, Russian ballerina (b. 1895)
McGeorge Bundy, U.S. National Security Advisor (b. 1919)
Samuel Z. Arkoff, American film producer (b. 1918)
Harry Freedman, Canadian composer and music educator (b. 1922)
Robert Jordan, author of the Wheel of Time series (b. 1948)
Jim Towers, English footballer (b. 1933)
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