About June 16

June 16, 2021 is the 167th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 198 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 230 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On June 16

  • 363
    Emperor Julian marches back up the Tigris and burns his fleet of supply ships. During the withdrawal Roman forces suffering several attacks from the Persians.
  • 1586
    Mary, Queen of Scots, recognizes Philip II of Spain as her heir and successor.
  • 1745
    British troops take Cape Breton Island, which is now part of Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • 1745
    Sir William Pepperell captures the French Fortress of Louisbourg in Louisbourg, Nova Scotia during the War of the Austrian Succession.
  • 1779
    Spain declares war on the Kingdom of Great Britain, and the Great Siege of Gibraltar begins.
  • 1815
    Battle of Ligny and Battle of Quatre Bras, two days before the Battle of Waterloo.
  • 1858
    The Battle of Morar takes place during the Indian Mutiny.
  • 1871
    The University Tests Act allows students to enter the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Durham without religious tests (except for those intending to study theology).
  • 1883
    The Victoria Hall theatre panic in Sunderland, England kills 183 children.
  • 1897
    A treaty annexing the Republic of Hawaii to the United States is signed; the Republic would not be dissolved until a year later.
  • 1903
    Roald Amundsen commences the first east-west navigation of the Northwest Passage, leaving Oslo, Norway.
  • 1904
    Irish author James Joyce begins a relationship with Nora Barnacle and subsequently uses the date to set the actions for his novel Ulysses; this date is now traditionally called “Bloomsday”.
  • 1924
    The Whampoa Military Academy is founded.
  • 1933
    The National Industrial Recovery Act is passed.
  • 1940
    A Communist government is installed in Lithuania.
  • 1940
    World War II: Marshal Henri Philippe Pétain becomes Chief of State of Vichy France (Chef de l'État Français).
  • 1972
    The largest single-site hydro-electric power project in Canada is inaugurated at Churchill Falls, Labrador.
  • 1976
    Soweto uprising: a non-violent march by 15,000 students in Soweto, South Africa turns into days of rioting when police open fire on the crowd.
  • 1989
    Imre Nagy, the former Hungarian Prime Minister, is reburied in Budapest.
  • 1997
    The Dairat Labguer massacre in Algeria; 50 people are killed.

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