August 16: Day of the Week
August 16, 2023 was the 228th day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 137 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is miércoles.
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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.
August 16 Historical Event(s)
- 1777American Revolutionary War: The Americans led by General John Stark rout British and Brunswick troops under Friedrich Baum at the Battle of Bennington in Walloomsac, New York.
- 1793French Revolution: a levée en masse is decreed by the National Convention.
- 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.
- 1913Completion of the Royal Navy battlecruiser HMS Queen Mary.
- 1913Tōhoku Imperial University of Japan (modern day Tōhoku University) becomes the first university in Japan to admit female students.
- 1927The Dole Air Race begins from Oakland, California, to Honolulu, Hawaii, during which six out of the eight participating planes crash or disappear.
- 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.
- 1944First flight of the Junkers Ju 287.
- 1960Cyprus gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
- 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?
- 1355Countess Philippa Plantagenet of Ulster (d. 1382)
- 1645Jean de La Bruyère, French writer (d. 1696)
- 1876Ivan Bilibin, Russian illustrator (d. 1942)
- 1904Wendell Meredith Stanley, American chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1971)
- 1909Paul Callaway, American organist and choral conductor (d. 1995)
- 1942Barbara George, American singer and songwriter (d. 2006)
- 1975Pantelis Konstantinidis, Greek footballer
- 1979Paul Gallacher, Scottish football player
- 1984Matteo Anesi, Italian speed skater
- 1986Yu Darvish, Japanese baseball player
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