August 16: Day of the Week
August 16, 2021 was the 228th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 137 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Monday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is lundi.
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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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 1863The Dominican Restoration War begins when Gregorio Luperón raises the Dominican flag in Santo Domingo after Spain had recolonized the country.
- 1944First flight of the Junkers Ju 287.
- 1945An assassination attempt is made on Japan’s prime minister, Kantaro Suzuki.
- 1945Puyi, the last Chinese emperor and ruler of Manchukuo, is captured by Soviet troops.
- 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.
- 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?
- 1637Emilie Juliane of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, German countess and poet (d. 1706)
- 1876Julian Ashby Burruss, American academic (d. 1947)
- 1911E. F. Schumacher, German economist and statistician (d. 1977)
- 1929Bill Evans, American jazz pianist (d. 1980)
- 1934Diana Wynne Jones, British author (d. 2011)
- 1945Suzanne Farrell, American ballet dancer
- 1951Richard Hunt, American puppeteer (d. 1992)
- 1952Reginald VelJohnson, American actor
- 1969Andy Milder, American voice actor
- 1997Greyson Chance, American singer
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