February 16: Day of the Week
February 16, 2017 was the 47th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 318 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is jueves.
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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.
- 1866Spencer Compton Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington becomes British Secretary of State for War.
- 1945World War II: American forces land on Corregidor Island in the Philippines.
- 1960The U.S. Navy submarine USS Triton begins Operation Sandblast, setting sail from New London, Connecticut, to begin the first submerged circumnavigation of the globe.
- 1961Explorer program: Explorer 9 (S-56a) is launched.
- 1980New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Monkey in Chinese astrology.
- 1987The trial of John Demjanjuk, accused of being a Nazi guard dubbed “Ivan the Terrible” in Treblinka extermination camp, starts in Jerusalem.
- 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.
- 1999Across Europe, Kurdish rebels take over embassies and hold hostages after Turkey arrests one of their rebel leaders, Abdullah Öcalan.
- 2005The Kyoto Protocol comes into force, following its ratification by Russia.
Who were born on February 16?
- 1727Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin, Austrian scientist (d. 1817)
- 1826Joseph Victor von Scheffel, German poet (d. 1886)
- 1896Eugénie Blanchard, French supercentenarian (d. 2010)
- 1922Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, German night fighter pilot (d. 1950)
- 1926John Schlesinger, English film director (d. 2003)
- 1937Yuri Manin, Russian mathematician
- 1960Cherie Chung, Hong Kong actress
- 1960Pete Willis, English guitarist (Def Leppard)
- 1964Bebeto, Brazilian footballer
- 1971Amanda Holden, British actress
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