August 16: Day of the Week
August 16, 2019 was the 228th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 137 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Friday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Kin'yōbi.
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Here’s the August calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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August 16 Historical Event(s)
- 1793French Revolution: a levée en masse is decreed by the National Convention.
- 1812War of 1812: American General William Hull surrenders Fort Detroit without a fight to the British Army.
- 1819Seventeen people die and over 600 are injured in cavalry charges at a public meeting at St. Peter’s Field, Manchester, England.
- 1930The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks.
- 1942World War II: The two-person crew of the U.S. naval blimp L-8 disappears without a trace on a routine anti-submarine patrol over the Pacific Ocean. The blimp drifts without her crew and crash-lands in Daly City, California.
- 1960Cyprus gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
- 1960Joseph Kittinger parachutes from a balloon over New Mexico at 102800 ft, setting three records that still stand today: High-altitude jump, free-fall, and highest speed by a human without an aircraft.
- 1966Vietnam War: The House Un-American Activities Committee begins investigations of Americans who have aided the Viet Cong. The committee intends to introduce legislation making these activities illegal. Anti-war demonstrators disrupt the meeting and 50 people are arrested.
- 1972In an unsuccessful coup d'état attempt, the Royal Moroccan Air Force fires upon Hassan II of Morocco’s plane while he is traveling back to Rabat.
- 1989A solar flare from the Sun creates a geomagnetic storm that affects micro chips, leading to a halt of all trading on Toronto’s stock market.
Who were born on August 16?
- 1842Jakob Rosanes, German mathematician (d. 1922)
- 1860Jules Laforgue, French poet (d. 1887)
- 1909Paul Callaway, American organist and choral conductor (d. 1995)
- 1928Ann Blyth, American actress
- 1934Donnie Dunagan, American actor
- 1949Barbara Goodson, American voice actress
- 1950Jeff Thomson, Australian cricketer
- 1972George Stroumboulopoulos, Canadian television and radio personality
- 1974Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Guyanese cricketer
- 1981Roque Santa Cruz, Paraguayan footballer
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