February 16: Day of the Week
February 16, 2017 was the 47th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 318 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is jeudi.
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Here’s the February calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
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.
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February 16 Historical Event(s)
- 116Emperor Trajan sends laureatae to the Roman Senate at Rome on account of his victories and being conqueror of Parthia.
- 1742Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, becomes British Prime Minister.
- 1804First Barbary War: Stephen Decatur leads a raid to burn the pirate-held frigate USS Philadelphia.
- 1852Studebaker Brothers wagon company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, is established.
- 1940World War II: Altmark Incident: The German tanker Altmark is boarded by sailors from the British destroyer HMS Cossack. 299 British prisoners are freed.
- 1962Flooding in the coastal areas of West Germany kills 315 and destroys the homes of about 60,000 people.
- 1980New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Monkey in Chinese astrology.
- 1987The trial of John Demjanjuk, accused of being a Nazi guard dubbed “Ivan the Terrible” in Treblinka extermination camp, starts in Jerusalem.
- 1999Across Europe, Kurdish rebels take over embassies and hold hostages after Turkey arrests one of their rebel leaders, Abdullah Öcalan.
- 2005The Kyoto Protocol comes into force, following its ratification by Russia.
Who were born on February 16?
- 1643John Sharp, English Archbishop of York (d. 1714)
- 1847Philipp Scharwenka, Polish-German composer (d. 1917)
- 1866Vyacheslav Ivanov, Russian poet (d. 1949)
- 1920Anna Mae Hays, American army general
- 1921Vera-Ellen, American actress (d. 1981)
- 1929Peter Porter, Australian poet (d. 2010)
- 1937Yuri Manin, Russian mathematician
- 1951William Katt, American actor
- 1956Vincent Ward, New Zealand director and screenwriter
- 1959John McEnroe, American tennis player
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