February 16: Day of the Week
February 16, 2019 was the 47th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 318 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Saturday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Doyōbi.
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Here’s the February calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Aquarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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February 16 Historical Event(s)
- 1742Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, becomes British Prime Minister.
- 1940World War II: Altmark Incident: The German tanker Altmark is boarded by sailors from the British destroyer HMS Cossack. 299 British prisoners are freed.
- 1943World War II: Red Army troops re-enter Kharkov.
- 1962Flooding in the coastal areas of West Germany kills 315 and destroys the homes of about 60,000 people.
- 1980New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Monkey in Chinese astrology.
- 1985Hezbollah is founded.
- 1986The Soviet liner MS Mikhail Lermontov runs aground in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand.
- 1991Nicaraguan Contras leader Enrique Bermúdez is assassinated in Managua.
- 1998China Airlines Flight 676 crashes into a road and residential area near Chiang Kai-shek International Airport in Taiwan, killing all 196 aboard and six more on the ground.
- 2006The last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army.
Who were born on February 16?
- 1497Philipp Melanchthon, German humanist and reformer (d. 1560)
- 1543Kano Eitoku, Japanese painter (d. 1590)
- 1831Nikolai Leskov, Russian writer (d. 1895)
- 1901Chester Morris, American film actor (d. 1970)
- 1939Adolfo Azcuna, Filipino Supreme Court jurist
- 1945Jeremy Bulloch, English actor
- 1958Natalie Angier, American journalist and author
- 1978Wasim Jaffer, Indian cricketer
- 1981Jerry Owens, American baseball player
- 1986Zoi Dimoschaki, Indian batsman
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