Today in History – August 16 in History

Today in History – August 16 in History

What happened on this day in history – August 16 in History around the world

1513 Henry VIII of England and Emperor Maximilian defeat the French at Guinegatte, France, in the Battle of the Spurs.
1777 France declares a state of bankruptcy.
1780 American troops are badly defeated by the British at the Battle of Camden, South Carolina.
1812 American General William Hull surrenders Detroit without resistance to a smaller British force under General Issac Brock.
1858 U.S. President James Buchanan and Britain’s Queen Victoria exchange messages inaugurating the first transatlantic telegraph line.
1861 Union and Confederate forces clash near Fredericktown and Kirkville, Missouri.
1863 Union General William S. Rosecrans moves his army south from Tullahoma, Tennessee to attack Confederate forces in Chattanooga.
1896 Gold is discovered in the Klondike of Canada’s Yukon Territory, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush.
1914 Liege, Belgium, falls to the German army.
1945 Lieutenant General Jonathan Wainwright, who was taken prisoner by the Japanese on Corregidor on May 6, 1942, is released from a POW camp in Manchuria by U.S. troops.
1965 The Watts riots end in south-central Los Angeles after six days.
1977 Elvis Presley dies of a heart attack in the upstairs bedroom suite area of his Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee.
1984 The safe of the sunken ocean liner Andrea Doria is opened on TV after three decades, revealing cash and certificates but no other valuables.
1986 Sudanese rebels shoot down a Sudanese Airways plane, killing 57 people.
1987 Astrological alignment of sun, moon and six planets marks what believers maintain is the dawning of a New Age.
1988 IBM introduces artificial intelligence software.
1990 Iraq orders 2,500 Americans and 4,000 British nationals in Kuwait to Iraq, in the aftermath of Iraq’s invasion of that country.
2012 In South Africa police fire on striking mine workers, killing at least 34.
Born on August 16
1645 Jean de la Bruyere, French writer and moralist famous for his work Characters of Theophratus.
1868 Bernard McFadden, publisher responsible for the magazine True Story.
1913 Menachem Begin, Israeli statesman and Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
1920 Charles Bukowski, poet and novelist.
1929 Bill Evans, jazz pianist.
1930 Ted Hughes, English poet.
1940 Bruce Beresford, Australian film director whose films include Breaker Morant and Driving Miss Daisy.
1945 Suzanne Farrel, ballerina.
1958 Madonna [Louise Veronica Ciccone], entertainer and singer.
1960 Timothy Hutton, youngest actor ever to receive an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor (Ordinary People).
1962 Steve Carell, actor and comedian (The Daily Show with John Stewart, The Office, Evan Almighty).
1967 Ulrika Jonsson, Swedish-born actress, model and UK television personality.
1972 Emily Robison, singer, musician, songwriter, member of the bestselling Country group Dixie Chicks.

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