Historical Events on 16th August

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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.
1513 - Battle at Eguinegatte/Guinegate: Maximilian & Henry VIII beat France
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)
1745 - Skirmish at Laggan: Glengarry beats Royal Scots
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
1794 - Hungarian revolutionary Ignác Martinovics arrested in Vienna
King of England Henry VIIIKing of England Henry VIII 1797 - Comet C/1797 P1 (Bouvard-Herschel) approaches 0.0879 AUs of Earth
1812 - General Hull surrenders Detroit & Michigan territory to British forces
1812 - British forces under the command of Major General Sir Isaac Brock capture Fort Detroit with the help of Indigenous warriors led by Tecumseh
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
1834 - Charles Darwin climbs Mt Campana in Chile
1858 - Britain's Queen Victoria telegraphs US President James Buchanan
1861 - Pres Lincoln prohibits Union states from trading with Confederacy
1861 - Skirmishes at Fredericktown/Kirkville, Missouri
1863 - Chickamauga campaign GA
1864 - Federal assault on 4th day of battle at Deep Bottom Run, Virginia
Queen of the United Kingdom VictoriaQueen of the United Kingdom Victoria 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
1880 - The French state commissions sculptor Auguste Rodin for a large sculpted doorway 'The Gates of Hell' for the proposed Musée des Arts Décoratifs
1882 - British under General Wolseley land in Alexandria
1890 - Alexander Clark, journalist/lawyer, named minister to Liberia
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
Sculptor Auguste RodinSculptor Auguste Rodin 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 Yanks' Carl Mays pitch; he dies next day, 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)
Tennis Player Helen Wills MoodyTennis Player Helen Wills Moody 1924 - 38th US Womens Tennis: Helen Wills Moody beats Molla Mallory (6-1 6-3)
1924 - Conference about German recovery payments opens in London
1924 - Dutch-Turkish peace treaty signed
1924 - 38th U.S. Women's National Championship: Helen Wills Moody beats Molla Bjurstedt Mallory (6-1, 6-3)
1927 - 1st HR hit out of Comiskey Park Chicago (NY Yankee Babe Ruth)
1930 - The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks.
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.
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston ChurchillSoldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill 1942 - British Premier Winston Churchill travels back to Cairo from Moscow
1943 - 1st Long Tom bombs on Italian mainland (from Sicily)
1943 - Bulgarian Tsar Boris III visits 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, was captured by Soviet troops.
1946 - Direct Action Day - riots in Calcutta between Muslim and Hindus kill over 4,000 over demand for Pakistan separate state
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
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf HitlerDictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler 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
Beatles Drummer Ringo StarrBeatles Drummer Ringo Starr 1962 - Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as Beatles' drummer
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 - Cin 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
Swami Satchidananda addressing the opening ceremony at WoodstockSwami Satchidananda addressing the opening ceremony at Woodstock

1969 - Second day of the Woodstock rock festival in NY
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Dave StocktonGolfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Dave Stockton 1970 - 52nd PGA Championship: Dave Stockton shoots 279 at Southern Hills OK
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)
1972 - 54th PGA Championship: Gary Player shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills Mich
1972 - Morocco King Hassan II's B727 shot at
1972 - Philip Potter appointed sect-gen of World council of Churches
1972 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1974 - Ramones concert debut (NY's CBGBs)
1975 - "Rodgers & Hart" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 108 perfs
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)
Golfer Gary PlayerGolfer Gary Player 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
1986 - Sudan rebels shoot a Fokker's F-27 down, 57 killed
1986 - "Papa Don't Preach" goes #1 for 2 weeks
Pop Star MadonnaPop Star Madonna 1986 - Madonna's "True Blue" album goes #1 for 5 weeks & her single
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
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson MandelaAnti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela 1990 - South African President F. W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela hold emergency talks in Pretoria about increasing violence in Soweto
1991 - Belgium census is 10,000,963 inhabitants
1991 - President Bush declares recession is near an end
1992 - 20th du Maurier Golf Classic: Sherri Steinhaur
1992 - 74th PGA Championship: Nick Price shoots a 278 at Bellerive St Louis
1992 - Moses Kiptanui runs world record 3k (7:28.96)
1993 - The Debian distribution was first announced by Ian Murdock, then 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
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Nick PriceGolfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Price 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.
2008 - Usain Bolt sets a new 100 metres dash world record of 9.69 seconds at the Beijing 2008 summer olympics.
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 - Beginning of World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid
2012 - Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder, is granted political asylum by Ecuador
Wikileaks founder Julian AssangeWikileaks 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

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