Historical Events on 16th August

  • 1384 The Hongwu Emperor of Ming China, Emperor Dong, hears a case of couple who tore paper money bills while fighting over them (equal to act of destroying stamped government documents - by law necessitated one hundred floggings). However Hongwu Emperor decides to pardon them.

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1513 Battle of the Spurs at Guinegate (now Eguinegatte): Henry VIII of England and Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I beat France

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII
  • 1570 King Janos Sigismund Zapolyai signs secret treaty with Maximilian II
  • 1625 Earnest Casimir of Nassau-Dietz appointed viceroy of Drenthe
  • 1691 Yorktown, Virginia founded
  • 1717 Prince Eugenius of Savoye occupies Belgrade
  • 1743 Earliest boxing code of rules formulated in England (Jack Broughton)
  • 1748 "Geldermalsen" sails to East-Indies
  • 1777 Americans defeat British in Battle of Bennington, Vt
  • 1780 British decisively defeat Americans in Battle of Camden, SC
  • 1787 Turkey declares war on Russia (Russo-Turkish War 1787-92)
  • 1794 Hungarian revolutionary Ignác Martinovics arrested in Vienna
  • 1797 Comet C/1797 P1 (Bouvard-Herschel) approaches 0.0879 AUs of Earth
  • 1812 General Hull surrenders Detroit & Michigan territory to British forces

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1812 British forces under the command of Major General Sir Isaac Brock capture Fort Detroit with the help of Indigenous warriors led by Tecumseh

Native American Leader of the Shawnee Tecumseh
Native American Leader of the Shawnee
Tecumseh
British Army Officer and Administrator Isaac Brock
British Army Officer and Administrator
Isaac Brock
  • 1819 Peterloo Massacre, Manchester, England: cavalry charges demonstrators.15 people killed and 400–700 injured
  • 1829 Siamese twins Chang & Eng Bunker arrive in Boston to be exhibited

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1834 Charles Darwin climbs Mt Campana in Chile

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin

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1858 Britain's Queen Victoria telegraphs US President James Buchanan

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Victoria
15th US President James Buchanan
15th US President
James Buchanan

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1861 President Abraham Lincoln prohibits Union states from trading with Confederacy

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • 1861 Skirmishes at Fredericktown/Kirkville, Missouri
  • 1863 Chickamauga campaign GA
  • 1864 Federal assault on 4th day of battle at Deep Bottom Run, Virginia
  • 1864 Palace for People's industry official opens in Amsterdam
  • 1865 Restoration Day in the Dominican Republic: The Dominican Republic regains its independence after 4 years of fighting against the Spanish Annexation.
  • 1869 Battle of Acosta Ñu: A Paraguay battalion made up of children is massacred by the Brazilian Army during the War of the Triple Alliance.
  • 1870 Fred Goldsmith demonstrates curve ball isn't an optical illusion
  • 1876 Opera "Siegfried" premieres in Bayreuth

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1880 The French state commissions sculptor Auguste Rodin for a large sculpted doorway 'The Gates of Hell' for the proposed Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Sculptor Auguste Rodin
Sculptor
Auguste Rodin
  • 1882 British under General Wolseley land in Alexandria
  • 1890 Alexander Clark, journalist/lawyer, named minister to Liberia

BattleBattle of Interest

1891 President Benjamin Harrison attends the dedication of the Bennington Battle Monument in Bennington, Vermont

23rd US President Benjamin Harrison
23rd US President
Benjamin Harrison
  • 1894 Indian chiefs from the Sioux & Onondaga tribes met to urge their people to renounce Christianity & return to their old Indian faith
  • 1896 Gold first discovered in Klondike, found at Bonanza Creek, Alaska by George Carmack
  • 1898 Edwin Prescott patents roller coaster
  • 1903 Tigers play a home game in Toledo Ohio, Yanks win 12-8
  • 1904 NYC begins building Grand Central Station
  • 1905 Mbunga-rebellion occupy German post Ifakara East-Africa
  • 1906 -17] 8.6 earthquake destroys Valparaiso Chile, fire kills 20,000
  • 1907 Mulay Hafid is proclaimed the Sultan of Morocco by supporters leading to civil war; Mulay is supported by Germany while France supports the existing Sultan
  • 1908 The Committee of Union and Progress, 'The Young Turks', announces a program for reforms and respect for the rights of all within the Ottoman Empire, regardless of race or religion
  • 1913 Tōhoku Imperial University of Japan (modern day Tōhoku University) admits its first female students.
  • 1914 German army occupies last fort at Liege, Belgian general Leman caught
  • 1914 Zapata & Pancho Villa over run Mexico
  • 1914 World War I: Battle of Cer begins.
  • 1915 KC's Alex Main no-hits Buffalo (Federal League), 5-0
  • 1918 US troops overrun at Archangelsk by Bolshevik troops
  • 1920 Ray Chapman, of Indians is hit in head by Yankees pitcher Carl Mays; he dies the next day in only major league fatality
  • 1921 Members of the Dail (parliament) swear allegiance to the Irish Republic at their first meeting, held at Dublin House
  • 1922 AT&T radio station WBAY becomes WEAF (NYC)
  • 1924 Conference about German recovery payments opens in London
  • 1924 Dutch-Turkish peace treaty signed

Sport awardTennis Open

1924 38th U.S. Women's National Championship: Helen Wills Moody beats Molla Bjurstedt Mallory (6-1, 6-3)

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody

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1927 1st HR hit out of Comiskey Park Chicago (NY Yankee Babe Ruth)

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1930 The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks.
  • 1930 1st British Empire Games open in Hamilton, Canada
  • 1934 US ends occupation of Haiti (been there since 1915)
  • 1934 US explorer William Beebe descends 3,028' (923 m) in Bathysphere
  • 1936 11th Olympic games closes in Berlin
  • 1940 45 German aircrafts shot down over England
  • 1941 HMS Mercury, Royal Navy Signals School and Combined Signals School opens at Leydene, near Petersfield, Hampshire, England.

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1942 British Premier Winston Churchill travels back to Cairo from Moscow

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1943 1st Long Tom bombs on Italian mainland (from Sicily)

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1943 Bulgarian Tsar Boris III visits Adolf Hitler

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1944 2nd Canadian Division occupies Falaise, Normandy
  • 1944 Dutch begin diplomatic contact with Vatican in London
  • 1944 US 15th Army corp reaches Eure, surrounds Dreux
  • 1944 First flight of the Junkers Ju 287.
  • 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
  • 1947 Ralph Kiner becomes 1st Pirate to hit 3 consecutive HRs
  • 1948 Arabs blow up Latrun pumping station in Jerusalem
  • 1948 Israeli pound becomes legal tender
  • 1950 West Indies complete historic 3-1 series win against England
  • 1953 KTAL TV channel 6 in Shreveport-Texarkana, LA (NBC) begins
  • 1953 Shah of Persia & princess Soraya flee to Baghdad & Rome
  • 1954 "Sports Illustrated" magazine begins publishing
  • 1954 200 pilgrims drown in Farahzad Iran rain storm flood
  • 1955 Fiat Motors orders 1st private atomic reactor
  • 1956 Adlai E Stevenson nominated as US Democratic presidential candidate
  • 1956 Indians' Rocky Colavito hits his 1st grand slam, Cleveland 5, Tigers 4
  • 1959 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Seattle Golf Open
  • 1959 USSR introduces installment buying
  • 1960 Britain grants independence to crown colony of Cyprus
  • 1960 Joseph Kittinger parachutes from balloon at 31,330 m (84,700')
  • 1960 Republic of Congo (Zaire, Dem Rep of Congo) forms
  • 1961 250,000 West Berliners demonstrate against East Berlin
  • 1961 Martin L King protests for black voting right in Miami

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1962 Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as Beatles' drummer

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • 1963 Independence is restored to Dominican Republic
  • 1964 Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Omaha Jaycee Golf Open Invitational
  • 1964 St Louis Card Curt Flood gets 8 straight hits in a doubleheader
  • 1965 AFL awards its 1st expansion franchise (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1967 Cincinnati Red Jim Maloney retires 19 Pirates, then gets injured & leaves
  • 1967 WFIQ TV channel 36 in Florence, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1969 WATL TV channel 36 in Atlanta, GA begins broadcasting

Music concertWoodstock Music and Art Fair

1969 Second day of the Woodstock rock festival in NY

Sport awardGolf Major

1970 52nd PGA Championship: Dave Stockton shoots 279 at Southern Hills OK

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Dave Stockton
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Dave Stockton
  • 1970 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Cincinnati Golf Open
  • 1971 Over 8,000 workers go on strike in Derry, Northern Ireland, in protest at the introduction of Internment (allowing suspected terrorists to be indefinitely detained without trial)

Sport awardGolf Major

1972 54th PGA Championship: Gary Player shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills Mich

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • 1972 Morocco King Hassan II's B727 shot at as part of a failed coup attempt by General Mohamed Oufkir. Reportedly, King Hassan grabbed the radio and told the rebel pilots "Stop firing! The tyrant is dead!". Fooled, the rebel pilots broke off their attack.
  • 1972 Philip Potter appointed sect-gen of World council of Churches
  • 1972 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1973 5th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Sheraton Hotel, Harbor Island
  • 1974 Ramones concert debut (NYC's CBGBs)
  • 1975 "Rodgers & Hart" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 108 performances
  • 1975 Peter Gabriel quits Genesis
  • 1976 58th PGA Championship: Dave Stockton shoots a 281 at Congressional MD
  • 1976 St Louis Cards beat San Diego Chargers 20-10 in Tokyo (NFL expo)
  • 1977 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1977 Yanks blow 9-4 lead in 9th but beat Chicago 11-10 in bottom of 9th
  • 1980 Bill Ward quits Black Sabbath
  • 1980 Cozy Powell quits Rainbow
  • 1980 Jools Holland quits Squeeze
  • 1981 Highest score in World Cup soccer match (New Zealand-13, Fiji-0)
  • 1981 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Mary Kay Golf Classic
  • 1981 Mary Terstegge Meagher swims world record 100m butterfly (57.93)
  • 1984 Sunken liner Andrea Doria's safe opened
  • 1984 LA federal jury acquits auto maker John Z DeLorean on cocaine charges
  • 1984 Largest harness racing purse ($2,161,000-Nihilator wins $1,080,500)
  • 1984 NASA launches Ampte

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1985 CBS' premiere of its TV adaptation of "Death of A Salesman", staring Dustin Hoffman and John Malkovich

  • 1986 Sudan rebels shoot a Fokker's F-27 down, 57 killed
  • 1986 "Papa Don't Preach" goes #1 for 2 weeks

Music release#1 in the Charts

1986 Madonna's "True Blue" album goes #1 for 5 weeks & her single

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
  • 1987 Astrological Harmonic Convergence-Dawn of New Age
  • 1987 NY Mets beat Chicago Cubs, 23-9
  • 1987 Northwest Airlines 255 plane crashes in Detroit, 156 die (1 lives)
  • 1987 Val Skinner wins LPGA MasterCard International Golf Pro-Am
  • 1988 Butch Reynolds runs world record 400 m (43.29)
  • 1988 IBM introduces software for artificial intelligence
  • 1988 Mayor Koch says he plans to wipe out street-corner windshield washers
  • 1989 Roger Kingdom of USA sets 110m hurdle record (12.92) in Zurich
  • 1989 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.
  • 1990 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1990 Iraq orders 4000 Britons & 2500 Americans in Kuwait to Iraq

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1990 South African President F. W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela hold emergency talks in Pretoria about increasing violence in Soweto

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 1991 Belgium census is 10,000,963 inhabitants

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1991 US President George H. W. Bush declares recession is near an end

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 1992 20th du Maurier Golf Classic: Sherri Steinhaur

Sport awardGolf Major

1992 74th PGA Championship: Nick Price shoots a 278 at Bellerive St Louis

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Price
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Price
  • 1992 Moses Kiptanui runs world record 3k (7:28.96)
  • 1993 The Debian distribution first announced by Ian Murdock, a student at Purdue University (Murdock initially called his system the "Debian Linux Release")
  • 1993 South Africa relinquishes sovereignty over Walvis Bay
  • 1994 Chandrika Kumaratungo's party wins Sri Lanka elections
  • 1994 Shauna Gambill, 17, of California, crowned 12th Miss Teen USA
  • 1997 For only 2nd time Stanley Cup leaves North America (heads to Russia)
  • 1997 The South African soccer team, Bafana Bafana wins against the national team of the Democratic Republic of the Congo at First National Bank stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1998 80th PGA Championship: Vijay Singh shoots a 271 at Sahalee Country Club
  • 2002 Africa Women's Peace Train leaves Kampala for Johannesburg
  • 2003 U.S. Representative from South Dakota Bill Janklow hits and kills a motorcyclist with his car at a rural intersection near Trent, South Dakota; he will eventually be convicted of manslaughter and will resign from Congress.
  • 2005 West Caribbean Airways Flight 708 crashes near Machiques, Venezuela, killing all 160 aboard.

Sports record brokenWorld Record

2008 Usain Bolt sets a new 100 metres world record of 9.69 seconds at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • 2009 91st PGA Championship: Yang Yong-eun shoots a 280 at Hazeltine National Golf Club
  • 2009 12th World Championships in Athletics: Usain Bolt wins 100m
  • 2011 World Youth Day 2011, organised by the Catholic church, begins in Madrid

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2012 Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange is granted political asylum by Ecuador

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange
Wikileaks founder
Julian Assange
  • 2012 113 people are killed and over 200 wounded in a series of attacks across Iraq
  • 2012 South African police open fire on striking mine workers and kill at least 34 people
  • 2013 61 people are killed after the ferry MV Thomas Aquinas sinks in the Philippines
  • 2015 'Batman' samaritan Lenny B. Robinson is killed in a car accident in Maryland
  • 2015 97th PGA Championship: Jason Day wins setting major championship record of 20-under-par at Whistling Straits in Kohler
  • 2016 Wildfire breaks out in San Bernardino County, California, engulfing 15,000 acres, prompting evacuation of 82,000 people