About August 16

August 16, 2024 is the 229th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 137 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 166 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On August 16

  • 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.
  • 1812
    War of 1812: American General William Hull surrenders Fort Detroit without a fight to the British Army.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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