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Friday August 16, 2019

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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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)

  • 1793
    French Revolution: a levée en masse is decreed by the National Convention.
  • 1812
    War of 1812: American General William Hull surrenders Fort Detroit without a fight to the British Army.
  • 1819
    Seventeen people die and over 600 are injured in cavalry charges at a public meeting at St. Peter’s Field, Manchester, England.
  • 1930
    The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks.
  • 1942
    World 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.
  • 1960
    Cyprus gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
  • 1960
    Joseph 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.
  • 1966
    Vietnam 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.
  • 1972
    In 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.
  • 1989
    A 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?

  • 1842
    Jakob Rosanes, German mathematician (d. 1922)
  • 1860
    Jules Laforgue, French poet (d. 1887)
  • 1909
    Paul Callaway, American organist and choral conductor (d. 1995)
  • 1928
    Ann Blyth, American actress
  • 1934
    Donnie Dunagan, American actor
  • 1949
    Barbara Goodson, American voice actress
  • 1950
    Jeff Thomson, Australian cricketer
  • 1972
    George Stroumboulopoulos, Canadian television and radio personality
  • 1974
    Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Guyanese cricketer
  • 1981
    Roque Santa Cruz, Paraguayan footballer

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