What Happened on August 16, 1946

Historical Events

  • Direct Action Day: Widespread riots erupt in Calcutta between Muslims and Hindus over whether Pakistan should be a separate state, killing over 4,000 and leaving 100,000 homeless

Famous Birthdays

  • Dick Murdoch, American professional wrestler (d. 1996)
  • Lesley Ann Warren, American actress (Cinderella, Mission Impossible), born in NYC, New York
  • Massoud Barzani, Iraqi Kurdish politician
Born in 1946

Famous Weddings

George Balanchine & Maria Tallchief

Georgian-American ballet choreographer George Balanchine (42) weds Native American (Osage) ballerina Maria Tallchief (21); annulled in 1952

Famous Deaths

  • Herman Harrell Horne, American philosopher (idealism), dies at 71
1946 Highlights

About August 16, 1946

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 76 years, 9 months and 15 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Leo