What happened on August 16? There are more than 306 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About August 16

August 16 In HistoryAugust 16 is the 228th day of the year 2021. There are 137 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday. This day falls under the 33rd week of the year 2021.

On this day in Mount Meigs, Alabama 36057 sunrise occured at 06:10 AM and sunset occured at 07:27 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Leo. The modern birthstone for this month is Peridot while the mystical birthstone is Diamond.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 169 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 1, 2022).

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Historical Events For August 16

  • 1328
    The House of Gonzaga seizes power in the Duchy of Mantua, and will rule until 1708.
  • 1513
    Battle of Guinegate (Battle of the Spurs) – King Henry VIII of England defeats French Forces who are then forced to retreat.
  • 1777
    American Revolutionary War: The Americans led by General John Stark rout British and Brunswick troops under Friedrich Baum at the Battle of Bennington in Walloomsac, New York.
  • 1780
    American Revolutionary War: Battle of Camden – The British defeat the Americans near Camden, South Carolina.
  • 1792
    Maximilien Robespierre presents the petition of the Commune of Paris to the Legislative Assembly, which demanded the formation of a revolutionary tribunal.
  • 1793
    French Revolution: a levée en masse is decreed by the National Convention.
  • 1812
    War of 1812: American General William Hull surrenders Fort Detroit without a fight to the British Army.
  • 1819
    Seventeen people die and over 600 are injured in cavalry charges at a public meeting at St. Peter’s Field, Manchester, England.
  • 1841
    U.S. President John Tyler vetoes a bill which called for the re-establishment of the Second Bank of the United States. Enraged Whig Party members riot outside the White House in the most violent demonstration on White House grounds in U.S. history.
  • 1858
    U.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.
  • 1859
    The Tuscan National Assembly formally deposes the House of Habsburg-Lorraine.
  • 1863
    The Dominican Restoration War begins when Gregorio Luperón raises the Dominican flag in Santo Domingo after Spain had recolonized the country.
  • 1869
    Battle of Acosta Ñu: A Paraguayan battalion made up of children is massacred by the Brazilian Army during the War of the Triple Alliance.
  • 1870
    Franco-Prussian War: The Battle of Mars-La-Tour is fought, resulting in a Prussian victory.
  • 1891
    The Basilica of San Sebastian in Manila, the first all-steel church in Asia, is officially inaugurated and blessed.
  • 1896
    Skookum Jim Mason, George Carmack and Dawson Charlie discover gold in a tributary of the Klondike River in Canada, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush.
  • 1906
    An estimated 8.2 MW earthquake hits Valparaíso, Chile, killing 3,886 people.
  • 1913
    Completion of the Royal Navy battlecruiser HMS Queen Mary.
  • 1913
    Tōhoku Imperial University of Japan (modern day Tōhoku University) becomes the first university in Japan to admit female students.
  • 1914
    World War I: Battle of Cer begins.
  • 1920
    Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians is hit on the head by a fastball thrown by Carl Mays of the New York Yankees, and dies early the next day. Chapman was the second player to die from injuries sustained in a Major League Baseball game, the first being Doc Powers in 1909.
  • 1920
    The congress of the Communist Party of Bukhara opens. The congress would call for armed revolution.
  • 1927
    The Dole Air Race begins from Oakland, California, to Honolulu, Hawaii, during which six out of the eight participating planes crash or disappear.
  • 1929
    The 1929 Palestine riots break out in the British Mandate of Palestine between Arabs and Jews and continue until the end of the month. In total, 133 Jews and 116 Arabs are killed.
  • 1930
    The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks.
  • 1942
    World War II: The two-person crew of the U.S. naval blimp L-8 disappears without a trace on a routine anti-submarine patrol over the Pacific Ocean. The blimp drifts without her crew and crash-lands in Daly City, California.
  • 1944
    First flight of the Junkers Ju 287.
  • 1945
    An assassination attempt is made on Japan’s prime minister, Kantaro Suzuki.
  • 1945
    Puyi, the last Chinese emperor and ruler of Manchukuo, is captured by Soviet troops.
  • 1946
    Mass riots in Kolkata begin, in which more than 4,000 would be killed in 72 hours.
  • 1960
    Cyprus gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
  • 1960
    Joseph Kittinger parachutes from a balloon over New Mexico at 102800 ft, setting three records that still stand today: High-altitude jump, free-fall, and highest speed by a human without an aircraft.
  • 1962
    Eight years after the remaining French India territories were handed to India, the ratifications of the treaty are exchanged to make the transfer official.
  • 1964
    Vietnam 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.
  • 1966
    Vietnam War: The House Un-American Activities Committee begins investigations of Americans who have aided the Viet Cong. The committee intends to introduce legislation making these activities illegal. Anti-war demonstrators disrupt the meeting and 50 people are arrested.
  • 1972
    In 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.
  • 1989
    A solar flare from the Sun creates a geomagnetic storm that affects micro chips, leading to a halt of all trading on Toronto’s stock market.

Who Were Born On August 16?

  • 1355
    Countess Philippa Plantagenet of Ulster (d. 1382)
  • 1378
    Hongxi Emperor of China (d. 1425)
  • 1401
    Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut, dauphine of France (d. 1436)
  • 1557
    Agostino Carracci, Italian artist (d. 1602)
  • 1573
    Queen Anna of Austria of Poland (d. 1598)
  • 1596
    Frederick V, Elector Palatine (d. 1632)
  • 1637
    Emilie Juliane of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, German countess and poet (d. 1706)
  • 1645
    Jean de La Bruyère, French writer (d. 1696)
  • 1650
    Vincenzo Coronelli, Italian cartographer and encyclopedist (d. 1718)
  • 1682
    Louis, duc de Bourgogne, dauphin of France (d. 1712)
  • 1761
    Yevstigney Fomin, Russian composer (d. 1800)
  • 1815
    John Bosco, Italian priest and educator (d. 1888)
  • 1820
    Andrew Rainsford Wetmore, Canadian politician (d. 1892)
  • 1831
    John Jones Ross, Quebec politician (d. 1901)
  • 1832
    Wilhelm Wundt, German psychologist (d. 1920)
  • 1842
    Jakob Rosanes, German mathematician (d. 1922)
  • 1845
    Gabriel Lippmann, French physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1921)
  • 1856
    Aparicio Saravia, Uruguayan politician and military leader (d. 1904)
  • 1858
    Arthur Achleitner, German writer (d. 1927)
  • 1860
    Jules Laforgue, French poet (d. 1887)
  • 1860
    Martin Hawke, 7th Baron Hawke, England cricketer (d. 1938)
  • 1862
    Amos Alonzo Stagg, American coach (d. 1965)
  • 1868
    Bernarr McFadden, American publisher (d. 1955)
  • 1876
    Ivan Bilibin, Russian illustrator (d. 1942)
  • 1876
    Julian Ashby Burruss, American academic (d. 1947)
  • 1882
    Christian Mortensen, Danish-born American supercentenarian (d. 1998)
  • 1884
    Hugo Gernsback, Luxembourg-born editor and publisher (d. 1967)
  • 1888
    Armand J. Piron, American musician (d. 1943)
  • 1888
    T. E. Lawrence, English writer and soldier (d. 1935)
  • 1892
    Otto Messmer, American cartoonist (d. 1983)
  • 1894
    George Meany, American labor union leader (d. 1980)
  • 1895
    Albert Cohen, Swiss novelist (d. 1981)
  • 1895
    Liane Haid, Austrian actress (d. 2000)
  • 1902
    Georgette Heyer, English novelist (d. 1974)
  • 1904
    Wendell Meredith Stanley, American chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1971)
  • 1908
    Orlando Cole, American classical cellist and educator (d. 2010)
  • 1908
    William Keepers Maxwell, Jr., American novelist and editor (d. 2000)
  • 1909
    Paul Callaway, American organist and choral conductor (d. 1995)
  • 1911
    E. F. Schumacher, German economist and statistician (d. 1977)
  • 1912
    Ted Drake, English footballer (d. 1995)
  • 1913
    Menachem Begin, Israeli statesman, Nobel laureate (d. 1992)
  • 1915
    Al Hibbler, American singer (d. 2001)
  • 1916
    Iggy Katona, American race car driver (d. 2003)
  • 1917
    Roque Cordero, Panamanian composer (d. 2008)
  • 1920
    Charles Bukowski, American poet (d. 1994)
  • 1922
    Ernie Freeman, American pianist and arranger (d. 2001)
  • 1923
    Millôr Fernandes, Brazilian playwright
  • 1924
    Fess Parker, American actor (d. 2010)
  • 1924
    Inez Voyce, American female baseball player
  • 1925
    Willie Jones, American baseball player (d. 1983)
  • 1928
    Ann Blyth, American actress
  • 1928
    Eddie Kirkland, American blues guitarist, harmonicist, singer, and songwriter (d. 2011)
  • 1928
    Eydie Gormé, American singer
  • 1929
    Bill Evans, American jazz pianist (d. 1980)
  • 1929
    Fritz Von Erich, American professional wrestler (d. 1997)
  • 1929
    Helmut Rahn, German footballer (d. 2003)
  • 1929
    Wyatt Tee Walker, American civil rights activist
  • 1930
    Frank Gifford, American football player and announcer
  • 1930
    Robert Culp, American actor (d. 2010)
  • 1930
    Tony Trabert, American former tennis player
  • 1933
    Julie Newmar, American actress
  • 1933
    Stuart Roosa, American astronaut (d. 1994)
  • 1934
    Diana Wynne Jones, British author (d. 2011)
  • 1934
    Donnie Dunagan, American actor
  • 1934
    John Standing, English actor
  • 1934
    Ketty Lester, American singer
  • 1934
    Pierre Richard, French actor
  • 1935
    Andreas Stamatiadis, Greek footballer and coach
  • 1935
    Cliff Fletcher, Canadian National Hockey League executive
  • 1937
    David Anderson, Canadian politician
  • 1937
    David Behrman, US composer and producer
  • 1939
    Seán Brady, Cardinal-Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland
  • 1939
    Sir Trevor Mcdonald, Trinidadian-born British television newsreader
  • 1940
    Bruce Beresford, Australian film director
  • 1940
    John Craven, English journalist and television presenter
  • 1941
    Théoneste Bagosora, Rwandan army officer and alleged war criminal
  • 1942
    Barbara George, American singer and songwriter (d. 2006)
  • 1943
    Sharon Baird, American actress and tap dancer
  • 1943
    Woody Peoples, American football player (d. 2010)
  • 1945
    Kevin Ayers, English singer-songwriter
  • 1945
    Suzanne Farrell, American ballet dancer
  • 1946
    Dick Murdoch, American professional wrestler (d. 1996)
  • 1946
    Lesley Ann Warren, American actress
  • 1946
    Massoud Barzani, Iraqi Kurdish politician
  • 1947
    Carol Moseley Braun, American politician and lawyer
  • 1947
    Katharine Hamnett, English fashion designer
  • 1947
    Marc Messier, Canadian actor
  • 1948
    Barry Hay, Indian-born Dutch singer (Golden Earring)
  • 1948
    Mike Jorgensen, American baseball player
  • 1948
    Pierre Reid, Canadian politician and teacher
  • 1949
    Barbara Goodson, American voice actress
  • 1949
    Bill Spooner, musician, guitarist, and songwriter
  • 1949
    Scott Asheton, American musician (The Stooges)
  • 1950
    Hasely Crawford, Trinidadian athlete
  • 1950
    Jeff Thomson, Australian cricketer
  • 1950
    Marshall Manesh, Iranian-born American actor
  • 1950
    Stockwell Day, Canadian politician
  • 1951
    Richard Hunt, American puppeteer (d. 1992)
  • 1951
    Umaru Yar'Adua, Nigerian politician (d. 2010)
  • 1952
    Gianna Rolandi, American soprano, opera director and instructor
  • 1952
    Mahes Goonatilleke, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 1952
    Reginald VelJohnson, American actor
  • 1953
    James “J.T.” Taylor, American singer (Kool & The Gang)
  • 1953
    Kathie Lee Gifford, American singer and actress
  • 1954
    George Galloway, British politician
  • 1954
    James Cameron, Canadian film director
  • 1956
    Daniel Willems, Belgian cyclist
  • 1956
    Vahan Hovhannisyan, Armenian politician
  • 1957
    Randhir Singh, Indian cricketer
  • 1957
    Tim Farriss, Australian musician (INXS)
  • 1958
    Angela Bassett, American actress
  • 1958
    José Luis Clerc, Argentine tennis player
  • 1958
    Madonna, American singer and actress
  • 1958
    Michael Harkin, American anthropologist
  • 1958
    Oscar Collodo, Swiss-born Italian rugby player and coach
  • 1959
    Laura Innes, American actress
  • 1959
    Marc Sergeant, Belgian cyclist
  • 1960
    Timothy Hutton, American actor
  • 1961
    Christian Okoye, American football player
  • 1961
    Michaela Dornonville de la Cour, Swedish singer (Army of Lovers)
  • 1962
    Steve Carell, American actor and comedian
  • 1963
    Christine Cavanaugh, American voice actress
  • 1964
    Jimmy Arias, American tennis player
  • 1964
    Matt Lukin, American bassist (Mudhoney)
  • 1966
    Barry Lather, American choreographer, musician and actor
  • 1967
    Pamela Smart, American convicted murderess
  • 1967
    Ulrika Jonsson, Swedish television personality
  • 1968
    Mateja Svet, Slovenian alpine skier
  • 1969
    Andy Milder, American voice actor
  • 1970
    Bonnie Bernstein, American sportscaster
  • 1970
    Fabio Casartelli, Italian cyclist (d. 1995)
  • 1970
    Killah Priest, American rapper
  • 1970
    Manisha Koirala, Nepalese Bollywood actress
  • 1970
    Saif Ali Khan, Indian actor
  • 1971
    Rulon Gardner, American Greco-Roman wrestler
  • 1971
    Stefan Klos, German footballer
  • 1972
    Emily Robison, American country singer (Dixie Chicks)
  • 1972
    Frankie Boyle, Scottish comedian
  • 1972
    George Stroumboulopoulos, Canadian television and radio personality
  • 1972
    Stan Lazaridis, Australian footballer
  • 1973
    Damian Jackson, American baseball player
  • 1974
    Iván Hurtado, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1974
    Krisztina Egerszegi, Hungarian swimmer
  • 1974
    Roger Cedeño, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1974
    Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Guyanese cricketer
  • 1975
    Didier Agathe, French footballer
  • 1975
    George Stults, American actor
  • 1975
    Pantelis Konstantinidis, Greek footballer
  • 1976
    Dave Ockun, American concert producer
  • 1976
    Jonatan Johansson, Finnish footballer
  • 1976
    Tiina Kankaanpää, Finnish discus thrower
  • 1977
    Tamer Hosny, Egyptian singer/actor
  • 1978
    Eddie Gill, American basketball player
  • 1978
    Fu Mingxia, Chinese female diver
  • 1978
    Thalia Pellegrini, British children’s TV presenter
  • 1979
    Monder Rizki, Belgian athlete
  • 1979
    Paul Gallacher, Scottish football player
  • 1980
    Emerson, Brazilian footballer
  • 1980
    Hwangbo, Korean singer/rapper
  • 1980
    Piet Rooijakkers, Dutch professional bicyclist
  • 1980
    Raniere, Brazilian footballer
  • 1980
    Robert Hardy, English musician (Franz Ferdinand)
  • 1980
    Vanessa Carlton, American singer/songwriter
  • 1981
    Denis Gremelmayr, German male tennis player
  • 1981
    Roque Santa Cruz, Paraguayan footballer
  • 1981
    Taylor Rain, American pornographic actress
  • 1982
    Cam Gigandet, American actor
  • 1982
    Joleon Lescott, English footballer
  • 1982
    Tomohiro Ito, Japanese sprinter
  • 1983
    Colin Griffiths, English TV presenter and DJ
  • 1983
    Colt Brennan, American football player
  • 1983
    Nikos Zisis, Greek basketball player
  • 1984
    Candice Dupree, American basketball player
  • 1984
    Matteo Anesi, Italian speed skater
  • 1985
    Agnes Bruckner, American actress
  • 1986
    Chris Reynolds, Welsh DJ
  • 1986
    Kim Oh-Sung, South Korean footballer
  • 1986
    Shawn Pyfrom, American actor
  • 1986
    Yu Darvish, Japanese baseball player
  • 1987
    Carey Price, Canadian Hockey Player
  • 1987
    Evan Berger, Australian footballer
  • 1987
    Kyal Marsh, Australian actor
  • 1988
    Kevin Schmidt, American actor
  • 1988
    Rumer Willis, American actress
  • 1989
    Charlotte Gurr, English footballer
  • 1989
    Wang Hao, Chinese athlete
  • 1991
    Evanna Lynch, Irish actress
  • 1991
    G.E.M., Hong Kong singer
  • 1991
    Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse, Canadian actress
  • 1992
    Islam Dzhabrailov, Russian footballer
  • 1997
    Greyson Chance, American singer

Who Died On August 16?

  • 1027
    Giorgi I, King of Georgia (b. 998)
  • 1297
    John II of Trebizond (b. 1262)
  • 1327
    Roch, French saint (b. 1295)
  • 1358
    Duke Albert II of Austria (b. 1298)
  • 1419
    Wenceslaus, King of the Romans, King of Bohemia (b. 1361)
  • 1443
    Ashikaga Yoshikatsu, Japanese shogun (b. 1434)
  • 1445
    Margaret of Scotland, consort of Louis XI (b. 1424)
  • 1518
    Loyset Compère, French composer (b. circa 1445)
  • 1532
    John, Elector of Saxony (b. 1468)
  • 1661
    Thomas Fuller, English churchman and historian (b. 1608)
  • 1678
    Andrew Marvell, English poet (b. 1621)
  • 1705
    Jacob Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician and scientist (b. 1654)
  • 1733
    Matthew Tindal, English deist (b. 1657)
  • 1791
    Charles-François de Broglie, marquis de Ruffec, French soldier and diplomat (b. 1719)
  • 1836
    Marc-Antoine Parseval, French mathematician (b. 1755)
  • 1855
    Henry Colburn, British publisher (b. ?)
  • 1886
    Sri Ramakrishna, Bengali saint, guru of Swami Vivekananda (b. 1836)
  • 1888
    John Pemberton, American druggist and inventor of Coca-Cola (b. 1831)
  • 1893
    Jean-Martin Charcot, French neurologist (b. 1825)
  • 1899
    Robert Wilhelm Bunsen, German chemist (b. 1811)
  • 1900
    José Maria de Eça de Queiroz, Portuguese writer (b. 1845)
  • 1907
    James Hector, Scottish geologist (b. 1834)
  • 1911
    Patrick Francis Moran, Irish-Australian cardinal (b. 1830)
  • 1921
    King Peter I of Serbia (b. 1844)
  • 1938
    Andrej Hlinka, Slovak politician and priest (b. 1864)
  • 1938
    Robert Johnson, American blues singer and guitarist (b. 1911)
  • 1948
    Babe Ruth, American baseball player (b. 1895)
  • 1949
    Margaret Mitchell, American novelist (b. 1900)
  • 1951
    Louis Jouvet, French actor and producer (b. 1887)
  • 1952
    Lydia Field Emmet, American painter (b. 1866)
  • 1956
    Bela Lugosi, Hungarian actor (b. 1882)
  • 1957
    Irving Langmuir, American chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1881)
  • 1959
    Wanda Landowska, Polish harpsichordist (b. 1879)
  • 1959
    William Halsey Jr., American Navy Admiral (b. 1882)
  • 1961
    Maulvi Abdul Haq, Indian educator and linguist, Father of Modern Urdu (b. 1870)
  • 1971
    Spyros Skouras, Greek-born American movie executive, chairman of the Twentieth Century Fox (b. 1893)
  • 1972
    Pierre Brasseur, French actor (b. 1905)
  • 1973
    Selman Waksman, Ukrainian-born American biochemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1888)
  • 1975
    Vladimir Kuts, Ukrainian-born Soviet distance runner (b. 1927)
  • 1977
    Elvis Presley, American singer, actor, and guitarist (b.1935)
  • 1978
    Alidius Stachouwer, Dutch lawyer and politician (b. 1888)
  • 1978
    Jean Acker, American silent film actress (b. 1893)
  • 1979
    John Diefenbaker, Canadian politician and 13th Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1895)
  • 1983
    Earl Averill, American baseball player (b. 1902)
  • 1986
    Jaime Saenz, Bolivian poet and novelist, and short story writer (b. 1921)
  • 1989
    Amanda Blake, American actress (b. 1929)
  • 1990
    Pat O'Connor, New Zealand professional wrestler (b. 1925)
  • 1991
    Luigi Zampa, Italian film director (b. 1905)
  • 1992
    Mark Heard, American singer-songwriter (b. 1951)
  • 1993
    Stewart Granger, British film actor (b. 1913)
  • 1995
    J.P. McCarthy, American radio personality (b. 1933)
  • 1997
    Gerard McLarnon, Irish playwright and actor (b. 1915)
  • 1997
    Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistani musician & singer (b. 1948)
  • 2002
    Abu Nidal, Palestinian political leader (b. 1937)
  • 2002
    Jeff Corey, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 2002
    John Roseboro, American baseball player and coach (b. 1933)
  • 2003
    Idi Amin, Ugandan dictator (b. 1928)
  • 2004
    Carl Mydans, American photographer (b. 1907)
  • 2004
    Ivan Hlinka, Czech ice hockey coach (b. 1950)
  • 2004
    Robert Quiroga, American boxer (b. 1969)
  • 2005
    Frère Roger, Swiss monk and mystic (b. 1915)
  • 2005
    Joe Ranft, American animator (b. 1960)
  • 2005
    Tonino Delli Colli, Italian cinematographer (b. 1922)
  • 2005
    Vassar Clements, American musician (b. 1928)
  • 2005
    Vicky Moscholiou, Greek singer (b. 1943)
  • 2005
    William Corlett, English children’s author (b. 1938)
  • 2006
    Alex Buzo, Australian playwright and author (b. 1944)
  • 2006
    Alfredo Stroessner, Paraguayan politician and President of Paraguay (b. 1912)
  • 2006
    Herschel Green, American pilot (b. 1920)
  • 2007
    Bahaedin Adab, Iranian politician (b. 1945)
  • 2007
    Dewey Robertson, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1939)
  • 2007
    Max Roach, American percussionist, drummer, and composer (b. 1924)
  • 2008
    Dorival Caymmi, Brazilian singer and songwriter (b. 1914)
  • 2008
    Elena Leuşteanu, Romanian gymnast and Olympic medalist (b. 1935)
  • 2008
    Masanobu Fukuoka, Japanese sustainable farmer and author (b. 1913)
  • 2008
    Ronnie Drew, Irish singer (The Dubliners) (b. 1934)
  • 2010
    Bobby Thomson, American baseball player (b. 1923)
  • 2010
    Dimitrios Ioannidis, Greek military officer and dictator (b. 1923)

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