About April 16

April 16, 2024 is the 107th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 259 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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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 288 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.
  • 73
    Masada, a Jewish fortress, falls to the Romans after several months of siege, ending the Jewish Revolt.
  • 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.
  • 1746
    The Battle of Culloden is fought between the French-supported Jacobites and the British Hanoverian forces commanded by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, in Scotland after the battle many highland traditions were banned and the Highlands of Scotland were cleared of inhabitants.
  • 1818
    The United States Senate ratifies the Rush-Bagot Treaty, establishing the border with Canada.
  • 1853
    The first passenger rail opens in India, from Bori Bunder, Bombay to Thane.
  • 1858
    The Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is wound up.
  • 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.
  • 1908
    Natural Bridges National Monument is established in Utah.
  • 1912
    Harriet Quimby becomes the first woman to fly an airplane across the English Channel.
  • 1917
    Lenin returns to Petrograd from exile in Switzerland.
  • 1925
    During the Communist St Nedelya Church assault in Sofia, 150 are killed and 500 are wounded.
  • 1941
    Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians throws the only Opening Day no-hitter in the history of Major League Baseball, beating the Chicago White Sox 1-0.
  • 1945
    More than 7,000 die when the German refugee ship Goya is sunk by a Soviet submarine torpedo.
  • 1947
    Texas City Disaster: An explosion on board a freighter in port causes the city of Texas City, Texas, to catch fire, killing almost 600.
  • 1972
    Apollo program: The launch of Apollo 16 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
  • 1992
    The Katina P. runs aground off of Maputo, Mozambique and 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean.
  • 2003
    The Treaty of Accession is signed in Athens admitting 10 new member states to the European Union.

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