August 16: Day of the Week
August 16, 2018 was the 228th day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 137 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 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)
- 1328The House of Gonzaga seizes power in the Duchy of Mantua, and will rule until 1708.
- 1793French Revolution: a levée en masse is decreed by the National Convention.
- 1819Seventeen people die and over 600 are injured in cavalry charges at a public meeting at St. Peter’s Field, Manchester, England.
- 1859The Tuscan National Assembly formally deposes the House of Habsburg-Lorraine.
- 1891The Basilica of San Sebastian in Manila, the first all-steel church in Asia, is officially inaugurated and blessed.
- 1929The 1929 Palestine riots break out in the British Mandate of Palestine between Arabs and Jews and continue until the end of the month. In total, 133 Jews and 116 Arabs are killed.
- 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.
- 1964Vietnam War: A coup d'état replaces Duong Van Minh with General Nguyen Khanh as President of South Vietnam. A new constitution is established with aid from the U.S. Embassy.
- 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?
- 1884Hugo Gernsback, Luxembourg-born editor and publisher (d. 1967)
- 1888Armand J. Piron, American musician (d. 1943)
- 1902Georgette Heyer, English novelist (d. 1974)
- 1904Wendell Meredith Stanley, American chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1971)
- 1908William Keepers Maxwell, Jr., American novelist and editor (d. 2000)
- 1917Roque Cordero, Panamanian composer (d. 2008)
- 1924Fess Parker, American actor (d. 2010)
- 1942Barbara George, American singer and songwriter (d. 2006)
- 1951Umaru Yar'Adua, Nigerian politician (d. 2010)
- 1981Taylor Rain, American pornographic actress
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