About April 16

April 16, 2021 is the 106th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 259 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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Aries is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 291 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On April 16

  • 1178 BC
    The calculated date of the Greek king Odysseus’ return home from the Trojan War.
  • 1346
    Dušan the Mighty is proclaimed Emperor, with the Serbian Empire occupying much of the Balkans.
  • 1521
    Martin Luther’s first appearance before the Diet of Worms to be examined by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and the other estates of the empire.
  • 1582
    Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma founds the settlement of Salta, Argentina.
  • 1847
    The accidental shooting of a Māori by an English sailor results in the opening of the Wanganui Campaign of the New Zealand land wars.
  • 1858
    The Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is wound up.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: The Battle at Lee’s Mills in Virginia.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: The Siege of Vicksburg – ships led by Union Admiral David Dixon Porter move through heavy Confederate artillery fire on approach to Vicksburg, Mississippi.
  • 1881
    In Dodge City, Kansas, Bat Masterson fights his last gun battle.
  • 1917
    Lenin returns to Petrograd from exile in Switzerland.
  • 1919
    Gandhi organizes a day of “prayer and fasting” in response to the killing of Indian protesters in the Amritsar Massacre by the British.
  • 1922
    The Treaty of Rapallo, pursuant to which Germany and the Soviet Union re-establish diplomatic relations, is signed.
  • 1944
    Allied forces started bombing of Belgrade, killing about 1,100 people. This bombing fell on the Orthodox Christian Easter.
  • 1945
    More than 7,000 die when the German refugee ship Goya is sunk by a Soviet submarine torpedo.
  • 1945
    The Red Army begins the final assault on German forces around Berlin, with nearly one million troops fighting in the Battle of the Seelow Heights.
  • 1947
    Bernard Baruch coins the term “Cold War” to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union.
  • 1953
    Queen Elizabeth II launches the Royal Yacht Ship HMY.
  • 1990
    The “Doctor of Death”, Jack Kevorkian, participates in his first assisted suicide.
  • 1992
    The Katina P. runs aground off of Maputo, Mozambique and 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean.
  • 2007
    Virginia Tech massacre: The deadliest spree killing in modern American history. Seung-Hui Cho, kills 32 and injures 23 before committing suicide.

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