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)
1924 - Conference about German recovery payments opens in London
1924 - Dutch-Turkish peace treaty signed
Tennis Player Helen Wills MoodyTennis Player Helen Wills Moody 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.
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.
1942 - British Premier Winston Churchill travels back to Cairo from Moscow
1943 - 1st Long Tom bombs on Italian mainland (from Sicily)
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf HitlerDictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler 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
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
LPGA Golfer Betsy RawlsLPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls 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
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
Beatles Drummer Ringo StarrBeatles Drummer Ringo Starr 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
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 perfs
1975 - Peter Gabriel quits Genesis
Golfer Gary PlayerGolfer Gary Player 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
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
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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