On this day, August 16th
- Kirke Mechem, American composer, in 1925.
- Gabriel Pierné, French composer, in 1863.
- Milton Adolphus, American composer, in 1988.
- Anatoli Liadov, Russian composer, in 1914.
In 1952, John Cage composed and presented 4’33″, a composition consisting of 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence.