August is the eighth month of the year in our modern-day Gregorian calendar. In older versions of the ancient Roman calendar, August was the sixth month of the year. August was previously called Augustus Caesar in Latin as it was the sixth month in the ancient Roman calendar. It became the eighth month when January and February were added to the calendar.
August was originally Augustus mensis, the sixth month of the year in the Roman calendar and consisted of 31 days. Its name was changed during the Julian calendar reform in 45 BCE to honour Julius Caesar.
According to Gregory calendar, the day number is 365 in a year and if it is a leap year then the day number is 366. August 16 has its own special significance in India and world history.
In modern times, August has 31 days. It is considered the busiest time for tourism because it falls in the main school summer holiday period.
The page contains not only Important historical events but also famous birthdays and deaths each day. Search what happened today in Indian history and world history.
Here you will find some important events that happened today in Indian and world History on August 16. Read on to know more about this day.
List of Important Historical events of 16 August:
- 1513: War of the League of Cambrai-King Henry VIII of England and the allies of this imperial empire defeated the French cavalry, who were then forced into force.
- 1691: Yorktown, Virginia was discovered in America.
- 1743: The earliest boxing rules were formulated in England.
- 1777: America defeats Britain in the Battle of Bennington.
- 1777: American Revolutionary War — Americans, led by General John stark, subjected British and Brunswick troops to Frederick Baume at Bretel, Bennington in Vallomosec, New York.
- 1780: Britain decisively defeated the Americans in the Battle of Camden, South Carolina.
- 1787: Turkey declares war on Russia (Russo-Turkish War 1787–92).
- 1819: Fifteen people were killed and 400–700 others were wounded, a crowd of about 60–80,000 mounted cavalry, who had gathered at St Peter’s Field, Manchester, England to demand reform of unequal representation.
- 1824: Lafitte visited the United States, departing on September 7, 1825.
- 1837: Dutch Bonzol’s stronghold ended the Paidi war.
- 1841: U.S. Chairman John Tyler opposed a bill that went to the re-establishment of the Second Bank of the United States, rioting members of the outraged White House outside the White House in the most violent demonstration on the White House grounds in American history.
- 1854: National Emigration Conference began in Cleveland.
- 1858: A telegraph message from Queen Victoria of Britain to US President James Bushman was broadcast from Trans Atlantic Cable.
- 1863: After Spain declares the Dominican Republic, the rebels raise the Dominican flag at Santiago de los Caballeros to begin the restoration of the war.
- 1886: Ramakrishna Paramahamsa Dev, the great saint and thinker died.
- 1890: Alexander Clarke, journalist and lawyer, becomes Liberia’s nominated minister.
- 1896: A group led by Skookum Jim Mason discovered gold near Dawsonity, Yukon, Canada, setting up the Klondike Gold Rush.
- 1927: Dole Air Race Begins; Eight fixed-wing aircraft competed for toffees from Opeland, California to Honolulu, Hawaii, but only failed to fly twice.
- 1928: The liner SS Bremen was launched in the German Ocean.
- 1929: The long-running dispute between Muslims and Jews over access to the Western Wall in Jerusalem continued during a week-long riot across Palestine.
- 1931: 13 people are killed in a train collision near Leben, Austria.
- 1933: Spencer Tracy and Coleen Moore’s drama film The Power and the Glory was published.
- 1946: Muslim League proclaimed Direct Action Day, during which about 5000 people were killed and 15,000 were injured in Kolkata during the violence.
- 1946: The Muslim League’s call for an independent Pakistan resulted in widespread rioting and mansabalism between Hindus and Muslims in the city of Calcutta.
- 1948: Babe Ruth died at the age of 53.
- The first issue of the 1954 Sports Illustrated magazine was published in the United States.
- 1960: Cyprus gained independence from the United Kingdom. This day is celebrated there as Independence Day.
- 1960: Joseph Kittinger parachuted from a balloon over 102,800 feet (31,330 m) in New Mexico, setting records for high altitude jump, free-fall altitude, and the fastest speed by a human from an aircraft.
- 1962: Beatles fired drummer Pete Best and replaced by Ringo Starr (pictured).
- 1970: was born Manisha Koirala, the famous heroine of Hindi films and Goodwill Ambassador of the U.N.’s Population Fund.
- 1977: Rock and Roll King Elvis Prisley was found dead in the bathroom of his home.
- 1977: Elvis Presley, ‘The King of Rock and Roll’, was officially found dead at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, as he was found irresponsible on the floor of his Grayskland bathroom.
- 1997: Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan died.
- 2001: The astronomers discovered a planet outside the solar system using the Hubble Space Telescope.
- 2006: International Astronomical Union suggests a new meaning for the word ‘planet’, to be voted on 24 August. This would include Charon, Eris, and Ceres as planets.
- 2007: In Iran, about 200 people have been convicted for going to an ‘illegal rock concert’, involving alcohol and
- 2011: World Youth Day 2011: Commenced in Madrid by the Catholic Church.
- 2011: Indian social activist Anna Hazare has been convicted in New Delhi in exchange for a proposed fast against corruption.
- 2012: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was granted political asylum by Ecuador.
- 2012: Nuclear regulators from nine countries held an emergency meeting in Brussels due to an abnormal fissure in the water reactor vessel found in the basic steel material of Doyle 3.
- 2014: Governor Jay Nixon announced a state of emergency and curfew in the city of Ferguson, Missouri, due to spending nights in the past.
Famous birthdays and birth anniversaries on this day
- 1904: Subhadra Kumari Chauhan, a freedom fighter, poet, and story writer, was born.
- 1918: T. Ganapathy, a member of the second Lok Sabha, was born.
- 1970: Saif Ali Khan was born.
- 1970: Manisha Koirala was born.
Death anniversaries of famous people in India and the world
- 1997: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the greatest singer of Muslim Sufi devotional music, Qawwali, died.
- 2018: Atal Bihari Vajpayee, one of the most popular Prime Ministers of India, died.