What Happened on August 16

Historical Events

  • 1743 Earliest boxing code of rules formulated in England (Jack Broughton)
  • 1896 Gold first discovered in Klondike, found at Bonanza Creek, Alaska by George Carmack
  • 1945 Puyi, the last Chinese Emperor and ruler of Manchukuo is captured by Soviet troops
  • 1946 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
  • 2008 Usain Bolt sets a new 100 metres world record of 9.69 seconds at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics
  • 2012 Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange is granted political asylum by Ecuador
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Did You Know?

A solar flare from the Sun creates a geomagnetic storm that affects micro chips, leading to a halt of all trading on Toronto's stock market.

On August 16, 1989

Famous Weddings

  • 1290 Charles van Valois weds Margaretha van Anjou
  • 1477 Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, weds Mary of Burgundy, the heiress to the Duchy of Burgundy in Ghent, Belgium
  • 1846 Opera Composer (The Barber of Seville) Gioacchino Rossini marries 2nd wife Olympe Pélissier in Paris
  • 1902 Filmmaker Cecil B DeMille (21) weds actress Constance Adams (28) in Orange, New Jersey
  • 1919 NFL player Curly Lambeau (21) weds high school sweetheart Marguerite Van Kessel in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Famous Divorces

  • 1968 Singer/actor Frank Sinatra and 3rd wife actress Mia Farrow divorce after 2 years of marriage
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