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

  • 1457 BC
    Likely date of the Battle of Megiddo between Thutmose III and a large Canaanite coalition under the King of Kadesh, the first battle to have been recorded in what is accepted as relatively reliable detail.
  • 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.
  • 1582
    Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma founds the settlement of Salta, Argentina.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: A bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia becomes law.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: The Battle at Lee’s Mills in Virginia.
  • 1912
    Harriet Quimby becomes the first woman to fly an airplane across the English Channel.
  • 1919
    Gandhi organizes a day of “prayer and fasting” in response to the killing of Indian protesters in the Amritsar Massacre by the British.
  • 1919
    Polish–Soviet War: The Polish army launches the Vilna offensive to capture Vilnius in modern Lithuania.
  • 1922
    The Treaty of Rapallo, pursuant to which Germany and the Soviet Union re-establish diplomatic relations, is signed.
  • 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.
  • 1962
    Walter Cronkite takes over as the lead news anchor of the CBS Evening News, during which time he would become “the most trusted man in America”.
  • 1992
    The Katina P. runs aground off of Maputo, Mozambique and 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean.
  • 2001
    India and Bangladesh begin a five-day border conflict, but are unable to resolve the disputes about their border.
  • 2003
    The Treaty of Accession is signed in Athens admitting 10 new member states to the European Union.
  • 2007
    President of Côte d'Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo declares the First Ivorian Civil War to be over.

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