What Happened on August 16, 1993

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • South Africa relinquishes sovereignty over Walvis Bay
  • The Debian distribution first announced by Ian Murdock, a student at Purdue University (Murdock initially called his system the "Debian Linux Release")

Famous Deaths

  • Irene Sharaff, US costume designer (Cleopatra, Can-can), dies at 83
  • Joseph Towers, US pilot, dies
  • Stewart Granger, actor (Scaramouche), dies of cancer at 80
  • Tom Fuccella, actor (Paul-One Life to Live), dies of AIDs at 56