August 16 Holidays, Events & Observances

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August 16 holidays, events, national day around the world. These are August 16 holidays, festivals, celebrations, observances, events; August 16 national days, food days, fun days and celebrations on August 16.

August 16 holidays and observances
August 16 Holidays and Observances

Welcome, as we take you through special holidays in August, international holidays in August 16, national days in August 16. Some major August 16 national day and International holidays list in August calendar.

Our planet is brimming with diversity and cultures that are rich in folklore and traditions. Holidays are a great way to learn about our neighbors and expand our own universe.

Meanwhile, there are literally thousands of holidays and special days throughout the world. And here on Big Holiday, you can find a large variety of these popular, cultural, religious, and offbeat holidays.

Explore August 16 holidays, festivals, and observances celebrated around the world and more happenings worth remembering, from our comprehensive list of August 16 national days or public holidays with dates and information on the origin and meaning of holidays.

We have compiled the long list of observances on August 16, notable events, national days in August 16, federal to regional holidays from all over the world. Also included are possible special bank holidays which falls on August 16 globally.

Month of August

August, eighth month of the Gregorian calendar. It was named for the first Roman emperor, Augustus Caesar, in 8 BCE. Its original name was Sextilus, Latin for “sixth month,” indicating its position in the early Roman calendar.

Holidays in August

The word holiday has differing connotations in different regions. It can exclusively be refer to the nationally, religiously or culturally observed day(s) of rest or celebration, or the events themselves. While the word august refer to the period of time where leave from one’s duties has been agreed.

The concept of holidays is also often originated in connection with religious observances. The intention of a holiday was typically to allow individuals to tend to religious duties associated with important dates on the calendar. In most modern societies, however, holidays serve as much of a recreational function as any other weekend days or activities.

August kicks off with Caribbean celebrations in honor of Emancipation Day, which memorializes abolition within the British Empire, a process that began with the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833. Many Caribbean countries honor emancipation on either August 1 or the first Monday in August.

In August, you can choose to celebrate a favorite fruit (Watermelon Day is Aug. 3), a beverage (International Beer Day is Aug. 6), or oysters (they have their own commemorative day on Aug. 5).

August is also special month for Leos (those born between July 23 and August 22) and Virgos (those born between August 23 and September 22).

August 16 holidays and observances
August 16 Holidays and Observances

August 16 Holidays, National Day

August 16 is the 228th day of the year (229th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 137 days remain until the end of the year.

Events

Pre-1600

  • 1 BC – Wang Mang consolidates his power and is declared marshal of state. Emperor Ai of Han, who had died the previous day, had no heirs.
  • 942 – Start of the four-day Battle of al-Mada’in, between the Hamdanids of Mosul and the Baridis of Basra over control of the Abbasid capital, Baghdad.
  • 963 – Nikephoros II Phokas is crowned emperor of the Byzantine Empire.
  • 1328 – The House of Gonzaga seizes power in the Duchy of Mantua, and will rule until 1708.
  • 1513 – Battle of the Spurs (Battle of Guinegate): King Henry VIII of England and his Imperial allies defeat French Forces who are then forced to retreat.
  • 1570 – The Principality of Transylvania is established after John II Zápolya renounces his claim as King of Hungary in the Treaty of Speyer.

1601-1900

  • 1652 – Battle of Plymouth: Inconclusive naval action between the fleets of Michiel de Ruyter and George Ayscue in the First Anglo-Dutch War.
  • 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 de Robespierre presents the petition of the Commune of Paris to the Legislative Assembly, which demanded the formation of a revolutionary tribunal.
  • 1793 – French Revolution: A levée en masse is decreed by the National Convention.
  • 1812 – War of 1812: American General William Hull surrenders Fort Detroit without a fight to the British Army.
  • 1819 – Peterloo Massacre: 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.
  • 1859 – The Grand Duchy of Tuscany formally deposes the exiled House of Lorraine.
  • 1863 – The Dominican Restoration War begins when Gregorio Luperón raises the Dominican flag in Santo Domingo after Spain had recolonized the country.
  • 1869 – Battle of Acosta Ñu: A Paraguayan battalion made up of children is massacred by the Brazilian Army during the Paraguayan War.
  • 1870 – Franco-Prussian War: The Battle of Mars-la-Tour is fought, resulting in a Prussian victory.
  • 1891 – The Basilica of San Sebastian, Manila, the first all-steel church in Asia, is officially inaugurated and blessed.
  • 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.
  • 1900 – The Battle of Elands River during the Second Boer War ends after a 13-day siege is lifted by the British. The battle had begun when a force of between 2,000 and 3,000 Boers had surrounded a force of 500 Australians, Rhodesians, Canadians and British soldiers at a supply dump at Brakfontein Drift.

1901-present

  • 1906 – The 8.2 Valparaíso earthquake hits central Chile, killing 3,882 people.
  • 1913 – Tōhoku Imperial University of Japan (modern day Tohoku University) becomes the first university in Japan to admit female students.
  • 1913 – Completion of the Royal Navy battlecruiser HMS Queen Mary.
  • 1916 – The Migratory Bird Treaty between Canada and the United States is signed.
  • 1918 – The Battle of Lake Baikal was fought between the Czechoslovak Legion and the Red Army.
  • 1920 – Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians is hit on the head by a fastball thrown by Carl Mays of the New York Yankees, and dies early the next day. Chapman was the second player to die from injuries sustained in a Major League Baseball game, the first being Doc Powers in 1909.
  • 1920 – The congress of the Communist Party of Bukhara opens. The congress would call for armed revolution.
  • 1920 – Polish–Soviet War: The Battle of Radzymin concludes; the Soviet Red Army is forced to turn away from Warsaw.
  • 1923 – The United Kingdom gives the name “Ross Dependency” to part of its claimed Antarctic territory and makes the Governor-General of the Dominion of New Zealand its administrator.
  • 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 Mandatory Palestine between Palestinian Arabs and Jews and continue until the end of the month. In total, 133 Jews and 116 Arabs are killed.
  • 1930 – The first color sound cartoon, Fiddlesticks, is released by Ub Iwerks.
  • 1930 – The first British Empire Games were opened in Hamilton, Ontario by the Governor General of Canada, the Viscount Willingdon.
  • 1933 – Christie Pits riot takes place in Toronto, Ontario.
  • 1942 – World War II: A naval L-class blimp drifts in from the Pacific and eventually crashes in Daly City, California. The two-man crew cannot be found.
  • 1944 – First flight of a jet with forward-swept wings, the Junkers Ju 287.
  • 1945 – The National Representatives’ Congress, the precursor of the current National Assembly of Vietnam, convenes in Sơn Dương.
  • 1946 – Mass riots in Kolkata begin; more than 4,000 people would be killed in 72 hours.
  • 1946 – The All Hyderabad Trade Union Congress is founded in Secunderabad.
  • 1954 – The first issue of Sports Illustrated is published.
  • 1960 – Cyprus gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
  • 1960 – Joseph Kittinger parachutes from a balloon over New Mexico at 102,800 feet (31,300 m), setting three records that held until 2012: High-altitude jump, free fall, and highest speed by a human without an aircraft.
  • 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 Dương Văn Minh with General Nguyễn Khánh as President of South Vietnam. A new constitution is established with aid from the U.S. Embassy.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 1975 – Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam symbolically hands over land to the Gurindji people after the eight-year Wave Hill walk-off, a landmark event in the history of Indigenous land rights in Australia, commemorated in a 1991 song by Paul Kelly and an annual celebration.
  • 1987 – Northwest Airlines Flight 255, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82, crashes after takeoff in Detroit, Michigan, killing 154 of the 155 on board, plus two people on the ground.
  • 1989 – A solar particle event affects computers at the Toronto Stock Exchange, forcing a halt to trading.
  • 1991 – Indian Airlines Flight 257, a Boeing 737-200, crashes during approach to Imphal Airport, killing all 69 people on board.
  • 2005 – West Caribbean Airways Flight 708, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82, crashes in Machiques, Venezuela, killing all 160 people on board.
  • 2008 – The Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago is topped off at 1,389 feet (423 m), at the time becoming the world’s highest residence above ground-level.
  • 2012 – South African police fatally shoot 34 miners and wound 78 more during an industrial dispute at Marikana near Rustenburg.
  • 2013 – The ferry St. Thomas Aquinas collides with a cargo ship and sinks at Cebu, Philippines, killing 61 people with 59 others missing.
  • 2015 – More than 96 people are killed and hundreds injured following a series of air-raids by the Syrian Arab Air Force on the rebel-held market town of Douma.
  • 2015 – Trigana Air Flight 267, an ATR 42, crashes in Oksibl, Pegunungan Bintang, killing all 54 people on board.
  • 2017 – The Minamata Convention on Mercury enters in force.
  • 2020 – The August Complex fire in California burns more than one million acres of land.
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Birthdays

Pre-1600

  • 1355 – Philippa, 5th Countess of Ulster (d. 1382)
  • 1378 – Hongxi Emperor of China (d. 1425)
  • 1401 – Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut (d. 1436)
  • 1557 – Agostino Carracci, Italian painter and etcher (d. 1602)
  • 1565 – Christina, Grand Duchess of Tuscany (d. 1637)
  • 1573 – Anne of Austria, Queen of Poland (d. 1598)

1601-1900

  • 1637 – Countess Emilie Juliane of Barby-Mühlingen (d. 1706)
  • 1645 – Jean de La Bruyère, French philosopher and author (d. 1696)
  • 1650 – Vincenzo Coronelli, Italian monk, cosmographer, and cartographer (d. 1718)
  • 1682 – Louis, Duke of Burgundy (d. 1712)
  • 1744 – Pierre Méchain, French astronomer and surveyor (d. 1804)
  • 1761 – Yevstigney Fomin, Russian pianist and composer (d. 1800)
  • 1815 – John Bosco, Italian priest and educator (d. 1888)
  • 1816 – Octavia Taylor, daughter of Zachary Taylor (d. 1820)
  • 1820 – Andrew Rainsford Wetmore, Canadian lawyer and politician, 1st Premier of New Brunswick (d. 1892)
  • 1821 – Arthur Cayley, English mathematician and academic (d. 1895)
  • 1831 – John Jones Ross, Canadian lawyer and politician, 7th Premier of Quebec (d. 1901)
  • 1832 – Wilhelm Wundt, German physician, psychologist, and physiologist (d. 1920)
  • 1842 – Jakob Rosanes, Ukrainian-German mathematician, chess player, and academic (d. 1922)
  • 1845 – Gabriel Lippmann, Luxembourger-French physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1921)
  • 1848 – Vladimir Sukhomlinov, Russian general (d. 1926)
  • 1855 – James McGowen, Australian politician, 18th Premier of New South Wales (d. 1922)
  • 1856 – Aparicio Saravia, Uruguayan general and politician (d. 1904)
  • 1858 – Arthur Achleitner, German author (d. 1927)
  • 1860 – Martin Hawke, 7th Baron Hawke, English-Scottish cricketer (d. 1938)
  • 1860 – Jules Laforgue, Uruguayan-French poet and author (d. 1887)
  • 1862 – Amos Alonzo Stagg, American baseball player and coach (d. 1965)
  • 1864 – Elsie Inglis, Scottish surgeon and suffragette (d. 1917)
  • 1865 – Mary Gilmore, Australian socialist, poet and journalist (d. 1962)
  • 1868 – Bernarr Macfadden, American bodybuilder and publisher, founded Macfadden Publications (d. 1955)
  • 1876 – Ivan Bilibin, Russian illustrator and stage designer (d. 1942)
  • 1877 – Roque Ruaño, Spanish priest and engineer (d. 1935)
  • 1882 – Désiré Mérchez, French swimmer and water polo player (d. 1968)
  • 1884 – Hugo Gernsback, Luxembourger-American author and publisher (d. 1967)
  • 1888 – T. E. Lawrence, British colonel, diplomat, writer and archaeologist (d. 1935)
  • 1888 – Armand J. Piron, American violinist, composer, and bandleader (d. 1943)
  • 1892 – Hal Foster, Canadian-American author and illustrator (d. 1982)
  • 1892 – Otto Messmer, American cartoonist and animator, co-created Felix the Cat (d. 1983)
  • 1894 – George Meany, American plumber and labor leader (d. 1980)
  • 1895 – Albert Cohen, Greek-Swiss author and playwright (d. 1981)
  • 1895 – Liane Haid, Austrian-Swiss actress and singer (d. 2000)
  • 1900 – Ida Browne, Australian geologist and palaeontologist (d. 1976)

1901-present

  • 1902 – Georgette Heyer, English author (d. 1974)
  • 1902 – Wallace Thurman, American author and playwright (d. 1934)
  • 1904 – Minoru Genda, Japanese general, pilot, and politician (d. 1989)
  • 1904 – Wendell Merh Stanley, American biochemist and virologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1971)
  • 1908 – Orlando Cole, American cellist and educator (d. 2010)
  • 1908 – William Keepers Maxwell, Jr., American or, novelist, short story writer, and essayist (d. 2000)
  • 1909 – Paul Callaway, American organist and conductor (d. 1995)
  • 1910 – Gloria Blondell, American actress (d. 1986)
  • 1910 – Mae Clarke, American actress (d. 1992)
  • 1911 – E. F. Schumacher, German economist and statistician (d. 1977)
  • 1912 – Ted Drake, English footballer and manager (d. 1995)
  • 1913 – Menachem Begin, Belarusian-Israeli politician, Prime Minister of Israel, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1992)
  • 1915 – Al Hibbler, American baritone singer (d. 2001)
  • 1916 – Iggy Katona, American race car driver (d. 2003)
  • 1917 – Matt Christopher, American author (d. 1997)
  • 1917 – Roque Cordero, Panamanian composer and educator (d. 2008)
  • 1919 – Karl-Heinz Euling, German captain (d. 2014)
  • 1920 – Charles Bukowski, German-American poet, novelist, and short story writer (d. 1994)
  • 1922 – James Casey, English comedian, radio scriptwriter and producer (d. 2011)
  • 1922 – Ernie Freeman, American pianist and bandleader (d. 2001)
  • 1923 – Millôr Fernandes, Brazilian journalist and playwright (d. 2012)
  • 1924 – Fess Parker, American actor (d. 2010)
  • 1924 – Inez Voyce, American baseball player
  • 1925 – Willie Jones, American baseball player (d. 1983)
  • 1925 – Mal Waldron, American pianist and composer (d. 2002)
  • 1927 – Lois Nettleton, American actress (d. 2008)
  • 1928 – Ann Blyth, American actress and singer
  • 1928 – Eydie Gormé, American singer (d. 2013)
  • 1928 – Ara Güler, Turkish photographer and journalist (d. 2018)
  • 1928 – Eddie Kirkland, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2011)
  • 1928 – Wyatt Tee Walker, American pastor, theologian, and activist (d. 2018)
  • 1929 – Bill Evans, American pianist and composer (d. 1980)
  • 1929 – Helmut Rahn, German footballer (d. 2003)
  • 1929 – Fritz Von Erich, American wrestler and trainer (d. 1997)
  • 1930 – Robert Culp, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2010)
  • 1930 – Frank Gifford, American football player, sportscaster, and actor (d. 2015)
  • 1930 – Leslie Manigat, Haitian educator and politician, 43rd President of Haiti (d. 2014)
  • 1930 – Flor Silvestre, Mexican singer and actress (d. 2020)
  • 1933 – Reiner Kunze, German poet and translator
  • 1933 – Tom Maschler, English author and publisher (d. 2020)
  • 1933 – Julie Newmar, American actress
  • 1933 – Stuart Roosa, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1994)
  • 1934 – Angela Buxton, British tennis player (d. 2020)
  • 1934 – Diana Wynne Jones, English author (d. 2011)
  • 1934 – Ketty Lester, American singer and actress
  • 1934 – Pierre Richard, French actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1934 – John Standing, English actor
  • 1934 – Sam Trimble, Australian cricketer (d. 2019)
  • 1935 – Cliff Fletcher, Canadian businessman
  • 1935 – Andreas Stamatiadis, Greek footballer and coach
  • 1936 – Anita Gillette, American actress and singer
  • 1936 – Alan Hodgkinson, English footballer and coach (d. 2015)
  • 1937 – David Anderson, Canadian journalist, lawyer, and politician
  • 1937 – David Behrman, American composer and producer
  • 1937 – Ian Deans, Canadian politician (d. 2016)
  • 1937 – Boris Rõtov, Estonian chess player (d. 1987)
  • 1939 – Seán Brady, Irish cardinal
  • 1939 – Trevor McDonald, Trinidadian-English journalist and academic
  • 1939 – Billy Joe Shaver, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2020)
  • 1939 – Eric Weissberg, American singer, banjo player, and multi-instrumentalist (d. 2020)
  • 1940 – Bruce Beresford, Australian director and producer
  • 1942 – Lesley Turner Bowrey, Australian tennis player
  • 1942 – Barbara George, American R&B singer-songwriter (d. 2006)
  • 1942 – Robert Squirrel Lester, American soul singer (d. 2010)
  • 1943 – Woody Peoples, American football player (d. 2010)
  • 1944 – Kevin Ayers, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013)
  • 1945 – Bob Balaban, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1945 – Russell Brookes, English race car driver (d. 2019)
  • 1945 – Suzanne Farrell, American ballerina and educator
  • 1945 – Gary Loizzo, American guitarist, singer, recording engineer, and record producer (d. 2016)
  • 1945 – Nigel Terry, British stage and film actor (d. 2015)
  • 1946 – Masoud Barzani, Iranian-Kurdish politician, President of Iraqi Kurdistan
  • 1946 – Lesley Ann Warren, American actress
  • 1947 – Carol Moseley Braun, American lawyer and politician, United States Ambassador to New Zealand
  • 1947 – Katharine Hamnett, English fashion designer
  • 1948 – Earl Blumenauer, American politician, U.S. Representative from Oregon
  • 1948 – Barry Hay, Indian-born Dutch rock musician
  • 1948 – Mike Jorgensen, American baseball player and manager
  • 1948 – Pierre Reid, Canadian educator and politician
  • 1948 – Joey Spampinato, American singer-songwriter and bass player
  • 1949 – Scott Asheton, American drummer (d. 2014)
  • 1949 – Paul Pasqualoni, American football player and coach
  • 1949 – Bill Spooner, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1950 – Hasely Crawford, Trinidadian runner
  • 1950 – Jeff Thomson, Australian cricketer
  • 1951 – Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Nigerian businessman and politician, 13th President of Nigeria (d. 2010)
  • 1953 – Kathie Lee Gifford, American talk show host, singer, and actress
  • 1953 – James “J.T.” Taylor, American R&B singer-songwriter
  • 1954 – James Cameron, Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1954 – George Galloway, Scottish-English politician and broadcaster
  • 1955 – James Reilly, Irish surgeon and politician, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs
  • 1956 – Vahan Hovhannisyan, Armenian soldier and politician (d. 2014)
  • 1957 – Laura Innes, American actress and director
  • 1957 – R. R. Patil, Indian lawyer and politician, Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra (d. 2015)
  • 1958 – Madonna, American singer-songwriter, producer, actress, and director
  • 1958 – Angela Bassett, American actress
  • 1958 – José Luis Clerc, Argentinian tennis player and coach
  • 1958 – Oscar Collodo, Swiss-Italian rugby player and coach
  • 1958 – Diane Dodds, Northern Irish educator and politician
  • 1959 – Marc Sergeant, Belgian cyclist and manager
  • 1960 – Rosita Baltazar, Belizean choreographer, dancer, and dance instructor (d. 2015)
  • 1960 – Timothy Hutton, American actor, producer and director
  • 1960 – Franz Welser-Möst, Austrian-American conductor and director
  • 1961 – Christian Okoye, American football player
  • 1961 – Angela Smith, English academic and politician
  • 1962 – Steve Carell, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1963 – Aloísio Pires Alves, Brazilian footballer and manager
  • 1963 – Christine Cavanaugh, American voice artist (d. 2014)
  • 1964 – Jimmy Arias, American tennis player and sportscaster
  • 1964 – Nigel Redman, English rugby player
  • 1964 – Barry Venison, English footballer and journalist
  • 1966 – Eddie Olczyk, American ice hockey player, coach, and commentator
  • 1967 – Mark Coyne, Australian rugby league player
  • 1967 – Ulrika Jonsson, Swedish journalist, actress, and author
  • 1968 – Mateja Svet, Slovenian skier
  • 1968 – Wolfgang Tillmans, German photographer
  • 1968 – Arvind Kejriwal, Indian civil servant and politician, 7th Chief Minister of Delhi
  • 1970 – Bonnie Bernstein, American journalist and sportscaster
  • 1970 – Saif Ali Khan, Indian actor and producer
  • 1970 – Manisha Koirala, Indian actress
  • 1971 – Stefan Klos, German footballer
  • 1972 – Stan Lazaridis, Australian footballer
  • 1974 – Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Guyanese cricketer
  • 1974 – Krisztina Egerszegi, Hungarian swimmer
  • 1974 – Iván Hurtado, Ecuadorian footballer and politician
  • 1974 – Didier Cuche, Swiss skier
  • 1975 – Didier Agathe, French footballer
  • 1975 – Jonatan Johansson, Finnish footballer, coach, and manager
  • 1975 – Taika Waititi, New Zealand director, screenwriter and actor
  • 1979 – Paul Gallacher, Scottish footballer
  • 1979 – Ian Moran, Australian cricketer
  • 1980 – Emerson Ramos Borges, Brazilian footballer
  • 1980 – Bob Hardy, English bass player
  • 1980 – Piet Rooijakkers, Dutch cyclist
  • 1981 – Roque Santa Cruz, Paraguayan footballer
  • 1982 – Joleon Lescott, English footballer
  • 1983 – Nikolaos Zisis, Greek basketball player
  • 1984 – Matteo Anesi, Italian speed skater
  • 1984 – Candice Dupree, American basketball player
  • 1984 – Konstantin Vassiljev, Estonian footballer
  • 1985 – Cristin Milioti, American actress
  • 1986 – Yu Darvish, Japanese baseball player
  • 1987 – Carey Price, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1987 – Eri Kitamura, Japanese voice actress and singer.
  • 1988 – Ismaïl Aissati, Moroccan footballer
  • 1989 – Wang Hao, Chinese race walker
  • 1989 – Moussa Sissoko, French footballer
  • 1990 – Godfrey Oboabona, Nigerian footballer
  • 1991 – José Eduardo de Araújo, Brazilian footballer
  • 1991 – Jeffery Lamar Williams, American rapper, singer and songwriter
  • 1992 – Diego Schwartzman, Argentinian tennis player
  • 1993 – Cameron Monaghan, American actor and model
  • 1996 – Caeleb Dressel, American swimmer
  • 1997 – Greyson Chance, American musician
  • 1999 – Karen Chen, American figure skater
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Deaths

Pre–1600

  • AD 79 – Empress Ma, Chinese Han dynasty consort (b. 40)
  • 856 – Theutbald I, bishop of Langres
  • 963 – Marianos Argyros, Byzantine general (b. 944)
  • 1027 – George I of Georgia (b. 998)
  • 1153 – Bernard de Tremelay, fourth Grand Master of the Knights Templar
  • 1225 – Hōjō Masako, Japanese regent and onna-bugeisha (b. 1156)
  • 1258 – Theodore II Laskaris, Byzantine-Greek emperor (b. 1222)
  • 1285 – Philip I, Count of Savoy (b. 1207)
  • 1297 – John II of Trebizond (b. 1262)
  • 1327 – Roch, French saint (b. 1295)
  • 1339 – Azzone Visconti, founder of the state of Milan (b. 1302)
  • 1358 – Albert II, Duke of Austria (b. 1298)
  • 1419 – Wenceslaus IV of Bohemia (b. 1361)
  • 1443 – Ashikaga Yoshikatsu, Japanese shōgun (b. 1434)
  • 1492 – Beatrice of Silva, Dominican nun
  • 1518 – Loyset Compère, French composer (b. 1445)
  • 1532 – John, Elector of Saxony (b. 1468)

1601–1900

  • 1661 – Thomas Fuller, English historian and author (b. 1608)
  • 1678 – Andrew Marvell, English poet and author (b. 1621)
  • 1705 – Jacob Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician and theorist (b. 1654)
  • 1733 – Matthew Tindal, English philosopher and author (b. 1657)
  • 1791 – Charles-François de Broglie, marquis de Ruffec, French soldier and diplomat (b. 1719)
  • 1836 – Marc-Antoine Parseval, French mathematician and theorist (b. 1755)
  • 1855 – Henry Colburn, English publisher (b. 1785)
  • 1861 – Ranavalona I, Queen consort of Kingdom of Madagascar and then sovereign (b. 1778)
  • 1878 – Richard Upjohn, English-American architect (b. 1802)
  • 1886 – Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Indian mystic and philosopher (b. 1836)
  • 1887 – Webster Paulson, English civil engineer (b. 1837)
  • 1888 – John Pemberton, American pharmacist and chemist, invented Coca-Cola (b. 1831)
  • 1893 – Jean-Martin Charcot, French neurologist and academic (b. 1825)
  • 1899 – Robert Bunsen, German chemist and academic (b. 1811)
  • 1900 – José Maria de Eça de Queirós, Portuguese journalist and author (b. 1845)
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1901–present

  • 1904 – Prentiss Ingraham, American soldier and author (b. 1843)
  • 1911 – Patrick Francis Moran, Irish-Australian cardinal (b. 1830)
  • 1914 – Carl Theodor Schulz, German-Norwegian gardener (b. 1835)
  • 1916 – George Scott, English footballer (b. 1885)
  • 1920 – Henry Daglish, Australian politician, 6th Premier of Western Australia (b. 1866)
  • 1921 – Peter I of Serbia (b. 1844)
  • 1938 – Andrej Hlinka, Slovak priest, journalist, and politician (b. 1864)
  • 1938 – Robert Johnson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1911)
  • 1945 – Takijirō Ōnishi, Japanese admiral (b. 1891)
  • 1948 – Babe Ruth, American baseball player and coach (b. 1895)
  • 1949 – Margaret Mitchell, American journalist and author (b. 1900)
  • 1952 – Lydia Field Emmet, American painter and academic (b. 1866)
  • 1956 – Bela Lugosi, Hungarian-American actor (b. 1882)
  • 1957 – Irving Langmuir, American chemist and physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1881)
  • 1958 – Jacob M. Lomakin, Soviet Consul General in New York City, journalist and economist (b. 1904)
  • 1959 – William Halsey, Jr., American admiral (b. 1882)
  • 1959 – Wanda Landowska, Polish-French harpsichord player (b. 1879)
  • 1961 – Abdul Haq, Pakistani linguist and scholar (b. 1870)
  • 1971 – Spyros Skouras, Greek-American businessman (b. 1893)
  • 1972 – Pierre Brasseur, French actor and screenwriter (b. 1905)
  • 1973 – Selman Waksman, Ukrainian-American biochemist and microbiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)
  • 1977 – Elvis Presley, American singer, guitarist, and actor (b. 1935)
  • 1978 – Alidius Tjarda van Starkenborgh Stachouwer, Dutch soldier and politician, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (b. 1888)
  • 1979 – John Diefenbaker, Canadian lawyer and politician, 13th Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1895)
  • 1983 – Earl Averill, American baseball player (b. 1902)
  • 1984 – Duško Radović, Serbian children’s writer, poet, journalist, aphorist and TV or (b. 1922)
  • 1986 – Ronnie Aird, English cricketer and administrator (b. 1902)
  • 1986 – Jaime Sáenz, Bolivian author and poet (b. 1921)
  • 1989 – Amanda Blake, American actress (b. 1929)
  • 1990 – Pat O’Connor, New Zealand wrestler and trainer (b. 1925)
  • 1991 – Luigi Zampa, Italian director and screenwriter (b. 1905)
  • 1992 – Mark Heard, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1951)
  • 1993 – Stewart Granger, English-American actor (b. 1913)
  • 1997 – Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistani musician and Qawwali singer (b. 1948)
  • 1998 – Phil Leeds, American actor (b. 1916)
  • 1998 – Dorothy West, American journalist and author (b. 1907)
  • 2002 – Abu Nidal, Palestinian terrorist leader (b. 1937)
  • 2002 – Jeff Corey, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 2002 – John Roseboro, American baseball player and coach (b. 1933)
  • 2003 – Idi Amin, Ugandan field marshal and politician, 3rd President of Uganda (b. 1928)
  • 2004 – Ivan Hlinka, Czech ice hockey player and coach (b. 1950)
  • 2004 – Balanadarajah Iyer, Sri Lankan journalist and poet (b. 1957)
  • 2004 – Carl Mydans, American photographer and journalist (b. 1907)
  • 2004 – Robert Quiroga, American boxer (b. 1969)
  • 2005 – Vassar Clements, American fiddler (b. 1928)
  • 2005 – Tonino Delli Colli, Italian cinematographer (b. 1922)
  • 2005 – William Corlett, English novelist and playwright (b. 1938)
  • 2005 – Frère Roger, Swiss monk and mystic (b. 1915)
  • 2006 – Alfredo Stroessner, Paraguayan general and dictator; 46th President of Paraguay (b. 1912)
  • 2007 – Bahaedin Adab, Iranian engineer and politician (b. 1945)
  • 2008 – Dorival Caymmi, Brazilian singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1914)
  • 2008 – Ronnie Drew, Irish musician, folk singer and actor (b. 1934)
  • 2008 – Masanobu Fukuoka, Japanese farmer and author (b. 1913)
  • 2010 – Dimitrios Ioannidis, Greek general (b. 1923)
  • 2011 – Mihri Belli, Turkish activist and politician (b. 1916)
  • 2012 – Princess Lalla Amina of Morocco (b. 1954)
  • 2012 – Martine Franck, Belgian photographer and director (b. 1938)
  • 2012 – Abune Paulos, Ethiopian patriarch (b. 1935)
  • 2012 – William Windom, American actor (b. 1923)
  • 2013 – David Rees, Welsh mathematician and academic (b. 1918)
  • 2014 – Patrick Aziza, Nigerian general and politician, Governor of Kebbi State (b. 1947)
  • 2014 – Vsevolod Nestayko, Ukrainian author (b. 1930)
  • 2014 – Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, Italian-South African lawyer and politician (b. 1960)
  • 2014 – Peter Scholl-Latour, German journalist, author, and academic (b. 1924)
  • 2015 – Jacob Bekenstein, Mexican-American physicist, astronomer, and academic (b. 1947)
  • 2015 – Anna Kashfi, British actress (b. 1934)
  • 2015 – Shuja Khanzada, Pakistani colonel and politician (b. 1943)
  • 2015 – Mile Mrkšić, Serb general (b. 1947)
  • 2016 – João Havelange, Brazilian water polo player, lawyer, and businessman (b. 1916)
  • 2016 – John McLaughlin, American television personality (b. 1927)
  • 2018 – Wakako Yamauchi, American-Japanese writer (b. 1924)
  • 2018 – Aretha Franklin, American singer-songwriter (b. 1942)
  • 2019 – Peter Fonda, American actor, director, and screenwriter. (b. 1940)
  • 2019 – Richard Williams, Canadian-British animator (b. 1933)

Holidays and observances

  • Bennington Battle Day (Vermont, United States)
  • Children’s Day (Paraguay)
  • Christian feast day:
    • Ana Petra Pérez Florido
    • Armel (Armagillus)
    • Diomedes of Tarsus
    • Roch
    • Stephen I of Hungary
    • Translation of the Acheiropoietos icon from Edessa to Constantinople. (Eastern Orthodox Church)
    • August 16 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Gozan no Okuribi (Kyoto, Japan)
  • National Airborne Day (United States)
  • Restoration Day (Dominican Republic)
  • The first day of the Independence Days, celebrates the independence of Gabon from France in 1960.
  • Xicolatada (Palau-de-Cerdagne, France)
  • The New York Times: On This Day

August 16 National Days, the conclusion

Here, we strive to thoroughly research and report details of each one as accurately as possible.

This calendar for the national days of August (August 16 in particular) gives a quick look at the day of the month to find out what food, drink or topic August 16 day celebrates.

Every day of the month is like a new chapter in a book that you haven’t read before. Use this handy list to help plan for the month ahead for your favorite national day.

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