August 16 Holidays

August 16 Holidays & National Days & Fun Days | August 16 Calendar

August 16th Daily Holidays include:

  • Bennington Battle Day (State of Vermont)
  • Joe Miller’s Joke Day
  • National Airborne Day
  • National Bratwurst Day
  • National Medical Dosimetrist Day – August 16, 2023 (Third Wednesday in August)
  • National Roller Coaster Day
  • National Rum Day
  • Surveillance Day
  • True Love Forever Day
  • World Calligraphy Day – August 16, 2023 (Wednesday of Second Full Week in August)

August 16: Famous Birthdays

  • August 16, 1892 – Otto Messmer, American cartoonist and animator who co-created Felix the Cat (d. 1983)
  • August 16, 1954 – James Cameron, Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter (The Terminator, The Titanic)
  • August 16, 1962 – Steve Carell, American actor, director, producer (The Office)
  • August 16, 1999 – Karen Chen, American figure skater

August 16: Historical Events

  • August 16, 1841 – U.S. President John Tyler vetoes a bill which called for the re-establishment of the Second Bank of the United States
  • August 16, 1906 – An 8.2 earthquake hits central Chile killing 3,8882 people
  • August 16, 1913 – The Royal Navy battlecruiser HMS Queen Mary is completed
  • August 16, 1916 – The Migratory Bird Treaty is signed by Canada and the United States
  • August 16, 1942 – The U.S. naval blimp L-8 disappears with a trace on a routine anti-submarine patrol over the Pacific Ocean. After drifting without her two person crew it crash lands in Daly City, CA
  • August 16, 1960 – Cyprus gains its independence from the United Kingdom
  • August 16, 1987 – Northwest Airlines Flight 255, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82 crash after take off in Detroit Michigan killing 154 of the 155 on board, plus two people on the ground
  • August 16, 1989 – Toronto’s stock market halts trading after a solar flare from the Sun creates a geomagnetic storm that affects micro chips
  • August 16, 2005 – West Caribbean Airways Flight 708, a McDonnel Douglas MD-82 crashes in Venezuela killing all 160 people on board
  • August 16, 2013 – In Cebu, Philippines, the ferry St. Thomas Aquinas collides with a cargo ship killing 61 people with 59 others missing
  • August 16, 2020 – The August Complex fire in California starts and goes on to burn more than one million acres of land

August 16: Music Events

  • August 16, 1962 – I Call It Pretty Music (But Old People Call It The Blues) is Stevie Wonder’s first single that is released
  • August 16, 1966 – Last Train to Clarksville is the first single released by The Monkees
  • August 16, 1968 – The Jackson 5 perform their first official live show when they open for Diana Ross and the Supremes in Los Angelese
  • August 16, 1969 – Woodstock Day 2 features performances by Creedence Clearwater Revival, Santana, the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin
  • August 16, 1994 – Maybe You Should Drive is the second studio album released by the Barenaked Ladies
  • August 16, 1995 – Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys performs live for the first time with his daughters Wendy and Carnie
  • August 16, 1997 – On the 20th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, a tribute concert is held in Memphis, Tennessee which features a virtual due of Don’t Cry Daddy with his daughter Lisa Marie
  • August 16, 2002 – A Little Less Conversation is an album that contains 30 of #1 hits by Elvis Presley that is released on the twenty fifth anniversary of his death
  • August 16, 2008 – 5 Years Time, the debut single by Noah and the Whale peaks at #7 on the UK Singles Chart

August 16: Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for August 16 is Leo.

August Birthstone:

What is the August Birthstone? Peridot

Peridot. The modern August birthstone, peridot has been prized as a jewelry stone since ancient times. Always green in color but with considerable variations, a peridot’s particular shade depends on its source.


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