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 Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Mokuyōbi.
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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.
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.
- 1862American Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant captures Fort Donelson, Tennessee.
- 1899Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur Iceland’s first football club is founded.
- 1904New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Dragon in Chinese astrology.
- 1936Elections bring the Popular Front to power in Spain.
- 1957The “Toddlers’ Truce”, a controversial television close down between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm is abolished in the United Kingdom.
- 1968In Haleyville, Alabama, the first 9-1-1 emergency telephone system goes into service.
- 1978The first computer bulletin board system is created (CBBS in Chicago, Illinois).
- 1983The Ash Wednesday bushfires in Victoria and South Australia kill 75.
- 1999Across Europe, Kurdish rebels take over embassies and hold hostages after Turkey arrests one of their rebel leaders, Abdullah Öcalan.
Who were born on February 16?
- 1543Kano Eitoku, Japanese painter (d. 1590)
- 1916Bill Doggett, American jazz and rhythm and blues pianist and organist (d. 1996)
- 1954Margaux Hemingway, American actress and model (d. 1996)
- 1961Andy Taylor, English musician (Duran Duran, The Power Station)
- 1961LaGaylia Frazier, American-Swedish singer
- 1976Kyo, Japanese singer (Dir en grey)
- 1979Eric Mun, Korean rapper (Shinhwa)
- 1982Alemão, Portuguese footballer
- 1987Hasheem Thabeet, American basketball player
- 1988Denílson Pereira Neves, Brazilian footballer
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