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Thursday August 16, 2018

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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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)

  • 1328
    The House of Gonzaga seizes power in the Duchy of Mantua, and will rule until 1708.
  • 1793
    French Revolution: a levée en masse is decreed by the National Convention.
  • 1819
    Seventeen people die and over 600 are injured in cavalry charges at a public meeting at St. Peter’s Field, Manchester, England.
  • 1859
    The Tuscan National Assembly formally deposes the House of Habsburg-Lorraine.
  • 1891
    The Basilica of San Sebastian in Manila, the first all-steel church in Asia, is officially inaugurated and blessed.
  • 1929
    The 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.
  • 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.
  • 1964
    Vietnam 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.
  • 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?

  • 1884
    Hugo Gernsback, Luxembourg-born editor and publisher (d. 1967)
  • 1888
    Armand J. Piron, American musician (d. 1943)
  • 1902
    Georgette Heyer, English novelist (d. 1974)
  • 1904
    Wendell Meredith Stanley, American chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1971)
  • 1908
    William Keepers Maxwell, Jr., American novelist and editor (d. 2000)
  • 1917
    Roque Cordero, Panamanian composer (d. 2008)
  • 1924
    Fess Parker, American actor (d. 2010)
  • 1942
    Barbara George, American singer and songwriter (d. 2006)
  • 1951
    Umaru Yar'Adua, Nigerian politician (d. 2010)
  • 1981
    Taylor Rain, American pornographic actress

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