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Sunday August 16, 2020

August 16: Day of the Week

August 16, 2020 was the 229th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 137 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Sunday.

If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is domingo.

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Here’s the August calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

August 2020
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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)

  • 1792
    Maximilien Robespierre presents the petition of the Commune of Paris to the Legislative Assembly, which demanded the formation of a revolutionary tribunal.
  • 1858
    U.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.
  • 1869
    Battle of Acosta Ñu: A Paraguayan battalion made up of children is massacred by the Brazilian Army during the War of the Triple Alliance.
  • 1906
    An estimated 8.2 MW earthquake hits Valparaíso, Chile, killing 3,886 people.
  • 1920
    The congress of the Communist Party of Bukhara opens. The congress would call for armed revolution.
  • 1930
    The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks.
  • 1945
    An assassination attempt is made on Japan’s prime minister, Kantaro Suzuki.
  • 1945
    Puyi, the last Chinese emperor and ruler of Manchukuo, is captured by Soviet troops.
  • 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.

Who were born on August 16?

  • 1842
    Jakob Rosanes, German mathematician (d. 1922)
  • 1895
    Albert Cohen, Swiss novelist (d. 1981)
  • 1902
    Georgette Heyer, English novelist (d. 1974)
  • 1911
    E. F. Schumacher, German economist and statistician (d. 1977)
  • 1934
    Pierre Richard, French actor
  • 1939
    Sir Trevor Mcdonald, Trinidadian-born British television newsreader
  • 1951
    Richard Hunt, American puppeteer (d. 1992)
  • 1961
    Michaela Dornonville de la Cour, Swedish singer (Army of Lovers)
  • 1976
    Dave Ockun, American concert producer
  • 1976
    Jonatan Johansson, Finnish footballer

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