April 16: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, April 16, 1789, George Washington started his journey to become the first US President?

April 16th observes Save The Elephant Day and Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day.

Welcome to day 106 of the year folks, there are 259 days left of the year.

Sweet April 16, an important date throughout history – here you’ll find facts & events including topics of politics, war, basketball, TV, music amongst many others.

Did you know that on this day in 1789, George Washington started his journey to become the first US President? He travelled 220 miles by carriage to be sworn in.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about April 16th in history!

What Events Happened On April 16 In History?

2018 Kendrick Lamar became the first rapper to win Pulitzer Prize.

The award was given for the works in his album "Damn."


2017 A total of 662 Charlie Chaplin lookalikes gathered at the Chaplin Museum in Vevey, Switzerland.

2003 Michael Jordan played in his final NBA game.

1972 The Apollo 16 mission launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

OTD in 1972: The Apollo 16 mission launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

With a duration of just over eleven days, the Apollo 16 mission was the fifth crewed mission to the moon, and just the tenth crewed mission within the Apollo program. The purpose of the mission was primarily scientific, with two of the astronauts spending 71 hours on the moon's surface collecting samples, moonwalking, and driving the moon buggy.

1947 The Texas City industrial incident occurred, killing 536 people.

Known as the Texas City disaster, the event was caused by an ammonium nitrate explosion.

1945 The last major battle of WWII took place.

The Battle of Berlin began on this day in the capital of Nazi Germany.

1861 Abraham Lincoln outlawed business with the Confederate States during the Civil War.

1854 An earthquake destroyed the city of San Salvador.

1789 George Washington started his 220-mile journey to become the first President of the United States.

OTD in 1789: George Washington started his 220-mile journey to become the first President of the United States.

Washington departed Mount Vernon, Virginia at 10 am for New York City by horse and carriage along many miles of poorly paved roads. The journey took seven days, but he was greeted with luxury dinners and festivities being celebrated in towns en route.


1632 The Holy Roman Empire appointed a new supreme military commander, Albrecht von Wallenstein.

1582 The Argentinian city of Salta was founded as an outpost between Buenos Aires, Peru, and Lima.

The settlement was founded by the Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma. The city itself played a significant role during the following Argentine War of Independence, functioning as an important military and commercial hub connecting the rest of Argentina to Perú.

1521 Martin Luther arrived at the Diet of Worms in Worms, Germany.

A "Diet" was an important governmental meeting in the Holy Roman Empire. Luther's hearings over his writings and their heresy were set at 4 pm the next day.

Famous Quotes Said On April 16

Here we have the most notable quotes that have been spoken throughout history on this day.


“One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others.”

– Nelson Mandela


“All drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with your self-esteem.”

– Kurt Cobain


“No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place.”

– Maya Angelou

Famous People Born On April 16

Is today your birthday? If so, did you know that Chance the Rapper was also born on this day? Here are more famous people born on this day.

2002 Sadie Sink

American Actress

Sadie Sink
21 years old
Born In:
Texas, USA

1993 Chance the Rapper

American Rapper

Chance the Rapper
30 years old
Born In:
Illinois, USA

1965 Martin Lawrence

American Comedian

Martin Lawrence
58 years old
Born In:
Frankfurt am Main, Germany

1889 Charlie Chaplin

English Comic Actor

Charlie Chaplin
Died On:
Dec 25, 1977 (Age 88)
Born In:
England, UK

Special Holidays On April 16

Here are some weird & wonderful holidays that are celebrated on this day.

April 16: Save The Elephant Day

Save The Elephant Day

Elephants might be the biggest land mammal, but they are also incredibly gentle. Sadly many elephants are hunted or poached, and that’s why today is Save The Elephant Day. Be sure to donate today to a charity that helps these beautiful animals.

April 16: National Librarian Day

National Librarian Day

Today may be National Librarian Day, but shhh - be a bit quiet about it, would you? There’s so much more in a librarian’s day than shuffling books around on shelves, but they’re rarely thanked for any of their work! So head down to your local library today and thank your librarian!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Cheese is the most looted food in the world. About 4% of all cheese made around the globe ends up stolen.

April 16 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

Everyone who was born on April 16th shares the star sign of Aries.

People born on this day share the Aries zodiac sign. Aries are mighty courageous and will take on any chance to display their fierce bravery to the rest of the world!

For those of you born in April, you have the Diamond birthstone. The diamond is said to bring balance, inner strength, and long-lasting relationships.

If your birthday falls on this day, you would’ve likely been conceived around July 24th in the previous year.

A baby that is conceived on this day will be born around January 7, 2024.

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