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.
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)
- 1792Maximilien Robespierre presents the petition of the Commune of Paris to the Legislative Assembly, which demanded the formation of a revolutionary tribunal.
- 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.
- 1869Battle of Acosta Ñu: A Paraguayan battalion made up of children is massacred by the Brazilian Army during the War of the Triple Alliance.
- 1906An estimated 8.2 MW earthquake hits Valparaíso, Chile, killing 3,886 people.
- 1920The congress of the Communist Party of Bukhara opens. The congress would call for armed revolution.
- 1930The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks.
- 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.
- 1964Vietnam 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.
- 1972In 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?
- 1842Jakob Rosanes, German mathematician (d. 1922)
- 1895Albert Cohen, Swiss novelist (d. 1981)
- 1902Georgette Heyer, English novelist (d. 1974)
- 1911E. F. Schumacher, German economist and statistician (d. 1977)
- 1934Pierre Richard, French actor
- 1939Sir Trevor Mcdonald, Trinidadian-born British television newsreader
- 1951Richard Hunt, American puppeteer (d. 1992)
- 1961Michaela Dornonville de la Cour, Swedish singer (Army of Lovers)
- 1976Dave Ockun, American concert producer
- 1976Jonatan Johansson, Finnish footballer
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