About August 16

August 16, 2022 is the 228th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 137 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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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 159 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On August 16

  • 1328
    The House of Gonzaga seizes power in the Duchy of Mantua, and will rule until 1708.
  • 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.
  • 1859
    The Tuscan National Assembly formally deposes the House of Habsburg-Lorraine.
  • 1869
    Battle of Acosta Ñu: A Paraguayan battalion made up of children is massacred by the Brazilian Army during the War of the Triple Alliance.
  • 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.
  • 1906
    An estimated 8.2 MW earthquake hits Valparaíso, Chile, killing 3,886 people.
  • 1913
    Completion of the Royal Navy battlecruiser HMS Queen Mary.
  • 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.
  • 1929
    The 1929 Palestine riots break out in the British Mandate of Palestine between Arabs and Jews and continue until the end of the month. In total, 133 Jews and 116 Arabs are killed.
  • 1945
    An assassination attempt is made on Japan’s prime minister, Kantaro Suzuki.
  • 1946
    Mass riots in Kolkata begin, in which more than 4,000 would be killed in 72 hours.
  • 1960
    Cyprus gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
  • 1966
    Vietnam War: The House Un-American Activities Committee begins investigations of Americans who have aided the Viet Cong. The committee intends to introduce legislation making these activities illegal. Anti-war demonstrators disrupt the meeting and 50 people are arrested.
  • 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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