August 16

August 16 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2024 Daily Holidays that fall on August 16, include:

  • Bennington Battle Day (State of Vermont) 
  • Joe Miller's Joke Day 
  • National Airborne Day 
  • National Bratwurst Day 
  • National Men's Grooming Day - August 16, 2024 (Third Friday in August) 
  • National Roller Coaster Day 
  • National Rum Day 
  • Statehood Day in Hawaii - August 16, 2024 (Third Friday in August)
  • Surveillance Day
  • True Love Forever Day 

2024 Weekly Holidays that include August 16, are:

  • Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over - Labor Day: August 14 - September 2, 2024
  • Elvis Week - August 9-17, 2024
  • Feeding Pets of the Homeless Week - August 11-17, 2024 (Second Week in August)
  • National Aviation Week - August 15-21 (Always during the week of Orville Wright's Birthday on August 19)
  • National Resurrect Romance Week - August 11-17, 2024 (Second Full Week in August)
  • National Smile Week - August 11-17, 2024 (Second Full Week of August)
  • Perseid Meteor Showers - July 17 - August 24, 2024, will peak on  August 12, 2024)
  • Safe + Sound Week - August 12-18, 2024
  • U.S. Amateur Golf Week - August 12-18, 2024

2024 Monthly Holidays that include August 16, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our August Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of August.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

World Festivals and Events
(Date Order)

  • Little League World Series - August 14-25, 2024 (Held in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania)

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for August 16 is Leo.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month of August are:

  • Gladiolus - Strength, moral integrity, remembrance, infatuation. It blooms in a variety of colors like red, pink, white, yellow and orange.  It stands for sincerity and symbolizes strength of character.


The Birthstone(s) for August is:

  • Peridot which is known for its shimmering yellow-green color and the peace and good luck it brings to its wearer.

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Deaths

  • 1948 - Babe Ruth, American baseball placer and coach (b. 1895)
  • 1949 - Margaret Mitchell, American journalist and author who wrote Gone With The Wind (b. 1900)
  • 1977 - Elvis Presley, American singer, and actor (b. 1935)
  • 2018 - Aretha Franklin, American singer (R.E.S.P.E.C.T.) (b. 1942)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1902 - Filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille marries actress Constance Adams
  • 1983 - Musician Paul Simon (Simon and Garfunkel) marries actress Carrie Fisher

Quote of the Day

Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day 
or a Recipe of the Day

In a perfect world, we would all practice the healthy diet habit of portion control. The problem is, that everywhere we go out of control portions rule. Many foods of today are 2 to 5 times bigger than they should be. We have lost the ability to judge a proper portion by eyeballing it. Giant portions look right to us!

Find out more about Portion Control from Kerry's Healthy Diet Habits website!

In a perfect world, we would all practice the healthy diet habit of portion control. The problem is, that everywhere we go out of control portions rule.

This Day in History

  • 1841 - U.S. President John Tyler vetoes a bill which called for the re-establishment of the Second Bank of the United States
  • 1906 - An 8.2 earthquake hits central Chile killing 3,8882 people
  • 1913 - The Royal Navy battlecruiser HMS Queen Mary is completed
  • 1916 - The Migratory Bird Treaty is signed by Canada and the United States
  • 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
  • 1960 - Cyprus gains its independence from the United Kingdom
  • 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 
  • 1989 - Toronto's stock market halts trading after a solar flare from the Sun creates a geomagnetic storm that affects micro chips
  • 2005 - West Caribbean Airways Flight 708, a McDonnel Douglas MD-82 crashes in Venezuela killing all 160 people on board
  • 2013 - In Cebu, Philippines, the ferry St. Thomas Aquinas collides with a cargo ship killing 61 people with 59 others missing
  • 2020 - The August Complex fire in California starts and goes on to burn more than one million acres of land

This Day in Music

  • 1962 - I Call It Pretty Music (But Old People Call It The Blues) is Stevie Wonder's first single that is released
  • 1966 - Last Train to Clarksville is the first single released by The Monkees
  • 1968 - The Jackson 5 perform their first official live show when they open for Diana Ross and the Supremes in Los Angelese
  • 1969 - Woodstock Day 2 features performances by Creedence Clearwater Revival, Santana, the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin
  • 1994 - Maybe You Should Drive is the second studio album released by the Barenaked Ladies
  • 1995 - Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys performs live for the first time with his daughters Wendy and Carnie (video below)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 2008 - 5 Years Time, the debut single by Noah and the Whale peaks at #7 on the UK Singles Chart

This Day in Sports

  • 1920 - Carl Mays of the NY Yankees throws a fastball and hits Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians on the head. He dies the next day.
  • 1927 - Six out of the eight planes participating in the Dole Air Race from Oakland, CA to Honolulu Hawaii, either crash or disappear
  • 1930 - The first British Empire Games opens in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1954 - The first issue of Sports Illustrated magazine is published
  • 1960 - Joseph Kittinger parachutes from a balloon over New Mexico at 102,800 feet and sets three records

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

 Nowise (adverb)

1. (In) no way, (in) no manner, definitely not.

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