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 French then this day of the week in French is dimanche.
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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)
- 1793French Revolution: a levée en masse is decreed by the National Convention.
- 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.
- 1863The Dominican Restoration War begins when Gregorio Luperón raises the Dominican flag in Santo Domingo after Spain had recolonized the country.
- 1891The Basilica of San Sebastian in Manila, the first all-steel church in Asia, is officially inaugurated and blessed.
- 1906An estimated 8.2 MW earthquake hits Valparaíso, Chile, killing 3,886 people.
- 1930The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks.
- 1946Mass riots in Kolkata begin, in which more than 4,000 would be killed in 72 hours.
- 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.
Who were born on August 16?
- 1573Queen Anna of Austria of Poland (d. 1598)
- 1856Aparicio Saravia, Uruguayan politician and military leader (d. 1904)
- 1860Martin Hawke, 7th Baron Hawke, England cricketer (d. 1938)
- 1904Wendell Meredith Stanley, American chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1971)
- 1945Suzanne Farrell, American ballet dancer
- 1947Carol Moseley Braun, American politician and lawyer
- 1950Jeff Thomson, Australian cricketer
- 1951Richard Hunt, American puppeteer (d. 1992)
- 1970Killah Priest, American rapper
- 1983Nikos Zisis, Greek basketball player
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