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.
  • 1774
    Foundation of Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
  • 1815
    Battle of Ligny and Battle of Quatre Bras, two days before the Battle of Waterloo.
  • 1816
    Lord Byron reads Fantasmagoriana to his four house guests at the Villa Diodati, Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, Claire Clairmont, and John Polidori, and inspires his challenge that each guest write a ghost story, which culminated in Mary Shelley writing the novel Frankenstein, John Polidori writing the short story The Vampyre, and Byron writing the poem Darkness.
  • 1846
    The Papal conclave of 1846 concludes. Pope Pius IX is elected Pope beginning the longest reign in the history of the papacy (not counting St. Peter).
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 1924
    The Whampoa Military Academy is founded.
  • 1925
    The most famous Young Pioneer camp of the Soviet Union, Artek, is established.
  • 1933
    The National Industrial Recovery Act is passed.
  • 1940
    A Communist government is installed in Lithuania.
  • 1958
    Imre Nagy, Pál Maléter and other leaders of the 1956 Hungarian Uprising are executed.
  • 1963
    Soviet Space Program: Vostok 6 Mission – Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space.
  • 1972
    Red Army Faction member Ulrike Meinhof is captured by police in Langenhagen.
  • 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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