December 16: Day of the Week
December 16, 2020 is the 351st day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 15 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Suiyōbi.
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Here’s the December calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Sagittarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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December 16 Historical Event(s)
- 1497Vasco da Gama rounds the Cape of Good Hope, the point where Bartolomeu Dias had previously turned back to Portugal.
- 1761Seven Years’ War: After a four-month siege, the Russians under Pyotr Rumyantsev take the Prussian fortress of Kolobrzeg.
- 1826Benjamin W. Edwards rides into Mexican controlled Nacogdoches, Texas and declares himself ruler of the Republic of Fredonia.
- 1914World War I: German battleships under Franz von Hipper bombard the English ports of Hartlepool and Scarborough.
- 1922President of Poland Gabriel Narutowicz is assassinated by Eligiusz Niewiadomski at the Zachęta Gallery in Warsaw.
- 1947William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain build the first practical point-contact transistor.
- 1965Vietnam War: General William Westmoreland sends U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara a request for 243,000 more men by the end of 1966.
- 1971“National Day” of the Kingdom of Bahrain is celebrated. Not to be confused with Bahrain Independence Day which took place on August 15, 1971.
- 1985Mafia: In New York City, Paul Castellano and Thomas Bilotti are shot dead on the orders of John Gotti, who assumes leadership of the Gambino family.
- 1986Revolt in Kazakhstan against Communist Party of Kazakhstan, known as Zheltoksan, which becomes the first sign of ethnic strife during Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev’s tenure
Who were born on December 16?
- 1717Elizabeth Carter, English writer (d. 1806)
- 1869Hristo Tatarchev, Bulgarian revolutionary (d. 1952)
- 1882Zoltán Kodály, Hungarian composer (d. 1967)
- 1889Kim Jwa-jin, played an important role in the Korean Anarchist Movement (d. 1930)
- 1944Don Meyer, Basketball coach Northern State University, David Lipscomb University, and Hamline University
- 1944N!xau, Namibian actor and bush farmer (d. 2003)
- 1950Roy Schuiten, Dutch cyclist (d. 2006)
- 1964Billy Ripken, American baseball player
- 1972Željko Kalac, Australian footballer
- 1983Danielle Lloyd, English model
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