About August 16

August 16, 2021 is the 228th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 137 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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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 169 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.
  • 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.
  • 1870
    Franco-Prussian War: The Battle of Mars-La-Tour is fought, resulting in a Prussian victory.
  • 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
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1960
    Cyprus gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
  • 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.

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