August 16: Day of the Week
August 16, 2020 is the 229th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 137 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Sunday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Nichiyōbi.
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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)
- 1513Battle of Guinegate (Battle of the Spurs) – King Henry VIII of England defeats French Forces who are then forced to retreat.
- 1812War of 1812: American General William Hull surrenders Fort Detroit without a fight to the British Army.
- 1841U.S. President John Tyler vetoes a bill which called for the re-establishment of the Second Bank of the United States. Enraged Whig Party members riot outside the White House in the most violent demonstration on White House grounds in U.S. history.
- 1858U.S. President James Buchanan inaugurates the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. However, a weak signal forces a shutdown of the service in a few weeks.
- 1869Battle of Acosta Ñu: A Paraguayan battalion made up of children is massacred by the Brazilian Army during the War of the Triple Alliance.
- 1896Skookum Jim Mason, George Carmack and Dawson Charlie discover gold in a tributary of the Klondike River in Canada, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush.
- 1906An estimated 8.2 MW earthquake hits Valparaíso, Chile, killing 3,886 people.
- 1914World War I: Battle of Cer begins.
- 1930The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks.
- 1945An assassination attempt is made on Japan’s prime minister, Kantaro Suzuki.
Who were born on August 16?
- 1832Wilhelm Wundt, German psychologist (d. 1920)
- 1902Georgette Heyer, English novelist (d. 1974)
- 1930Frank Gifford, American football player and announcer
- 1942Barbara George, American singer and songwriter (d. 2006)
- 1950Marshall Manesh, Iranian-born American actor
- 1964Jimmy Arias, American tennis player
- 1964Matt Lukin, American bassist (Mudhoney)
- 1972Frankie Boyle, Scottish comedian
- 1980Vanessa Carlton, American singer/songwriter
- 1981Roque Santa Cruz, Paraguayan footballer
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