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)
- 1328The House of Gonzaga seizes power in the Duchy of Mantua, and will rule until 1708.
- 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.
- 1870Franco-Prussian War: The Battle of Mars-La-Tour is fought, resulting in a Prussian victory.
- 1896Skookum Jim Mason, George Carmack and Dawson Charlie discover gold in a tributary of the Klondike River in Canada, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush.
- 1920The congress of the Communist Party of Bukhara opens. The congress would call for armed revolution.
- 1929The 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.
- 1930The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks.
- 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.
- 1962Eight years after the remaining French India territories were handed to India, the ratifications of the treaty are exchanged to make the transfer official.
Who were born on August 16?
- 1401Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut, dauphine of France (d. 1436)
- 1860Jules Laforgue, French poet (d. 1887)
- 1913Menachem Begin, Israeli statesman, Nobel laureate (d. 1992)
- 1929Helmut Rahn, German footballer (d. 2003)
- 1939Sir Trevor Mcdonald, Trinidadian-born British television newsreader
- 1946Dick Murdoch, American professional wrestler (d. 1996)
- 1949Bill Spooner, musician, guitarist, and songwriter
- 1952Mahes Goonatilleke, Sri Lankan cricketer
- 1972Emily Robison, American country singer (Dixie Chicks)
- 1974Roger Cedeño, Venezuelan baseball player
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