August 16 holidays in 2017

Holiday nameHoliday locationHoliday type
Royal National Agricultural Show Day Queensland
Australia (Queensland)State Holiday
Independence Day
GabonPublic Holiday
Restoration Day
Dominican RepublicNational Holiday
Bennington Battle Day
United States (Vermont)State Holiday
Tell a Joke Day
Multiple CountriesUnofficial
National Rum Day
Multiple CountriesUnofficial


Historical Events

  • 1513: King Henry VIII of England defeats French forces during the Battle of Guinegate.
  • 1652: During the First Anglo-Dutch War, Michiel de Ruyter and George Ayscue engage in the naval battle known as the Battle of Plymouth.
  • 1777: General John Stark leads American forces against British forces at the Battle of Bennington in Walloomsac, New York during the American Revolutionary War.
  • 1780: American forces are defeated near Camden, South Carolina by British forces during the Battle of Camden – a battle during the American Revolutionary War.
  • 1793: The National Convention in France declares a levée en masse during the French Revolution.
  • 1812: Fort Detroit is surrendered to the British Army by American General William Hull during the War of 1812. The fort was surrendered without a fight.
  • 1913: The British battle cruiser – the HMS Queen Mary – is completed for the Royal Navy.
  • 1916: The United States and Canada sign the Migratory Bird Treaty on this date.
  • 1954: The first issue of Sports Illustrated is published on this day.
  • 1960: Cyprus becomes independent of the UK.
  • 1962: The Beatles fire Pete Best; Two days later, Ringo Starr becomes the band’s new drummer.
  • 1964: During the Vietnam War, Dương Văn Minh is removed as President of South Vietnam during a coup de’etat. He is replaced with General  Nguyễn Khánh
  • 1987: Northwest Airlines Flight 244 crashes shortly after take-off in Detroit, Michigan. Of the 155 people on board, only 1 survives.
  • 2008: Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, Illinois becomes the tallest above-ground residence in the world. It is approximately 423 meters high.

Famous Birthdays

  • American R&B singer James Taylor is born in 1953.
  • American talk show host and singer Kathie Lee Gifford is born in 1953.
  • Canadian director, screenwriter and producer James Cameron is born in 1954.
  • American singer-songwriter Emily Robison is born in 1972.
  • American baseball play Damian Jackson is born in 1973.