July 16: Day of the Week
July 16, 2019 is the 197th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 168 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Tuesday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is mardi.
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Here’s the July calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Cancer is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Ruby is the modern birthstone for this month. Ruby is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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July 16 Historical Event(s)
- 1769Father Junipero Serra founds California’s first mission, Mission San Diego de Alcalá. Over the following decades, it evolves into the city of San Diego.
- 1861American Civil War: at the order of President Abraham Lincoln, Union troops begin a 25 mile march into Virginia for what will become The First Battle of Bull Run, the first major land battle of the war.
- 1927Augusto César Sandino leads a raid on U.S. Marines and Nicaraguan Guardia Nacional that had been sent to apprehend him in the village of Ocotal, but is repulsed by one of the first dive-bombing attacks in history.
- 1931Emperor Haile Selassie I signs the first constitution of Ethiopia.
- 1942Holocaust: Vel‘ d'Hiv Roundup (Rafle du Vel’d'Hiv): the government of Vichy France orders the mass arrest of 13,152 Jews who are held at the Winter Velodrome in Paris before deportation to Auschwitz.
- 1945World War II: The Heavy Cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA-35) leaves San Francisco with parts for the atomic bomb “Little Boy” bound for Tinian Island. This would be the last time the Indianapolis would be seen by the Mainland she would be torpedoed by the Japanese Submarine I-58 on July 30 and sink with 880 out of 1,196 crewmen.
- 1945World War II: the leaders of the three Allied nations, Winston Churchill, Harry S. Truman and Joseph Stalin, meet in the German city of Potsdam to decide the future of a defeated Germany.
- 1951The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is published for the first time by Little, Brown and Company.
- 1951King Léopold III of Belgium abdicates in favor of his son, Baudouin I of Belgium.
- 1965The Mont Blanc Tunnel linking France and Italy opens.
Who were born on July 16?
- 1858Eugène Ysaÿe, Belgian violinist (d. 1931)
- 1928Robert Sheckley, American science fiction writer (d. 2005)
- 1942Margaret Court, Australian tennis player
- 1948Pierre Koffmann, French chef
- 1948Pinchas Zukerman, Israeli violinist
- 1953Douglas J. Feith, American Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
- 1959Gary Anderson, American football player
- 1970Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thai film director
- 1973Shaun Pollock, South African cricketer
- 1978Taj Anwar, American model and social activist
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