On This Day in History for August 16 (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 128 of 128

  • 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

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
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 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
  • 2000 "Hanging by a Moment" single released by Lifehouse (Billboard Song of the Year 2001)
  • 2002 Africa Women's Peace Train leaves Kampala for Johannesburg
  • 2005 West Caribbean Airways Flight 708 crashes near Machiques, Venezuela, killing all 160 aboard.
  • 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
  • 2016 Wildfire breaks out in San Bernardino County, California, engulfing 15,000 acres, prompting evacuation of 82,000 people
  • 2017 Over 100 Maasai houses destroyed in Tanzania by game park authorities as part of a border dispute near Serengeti National Park
  • 2017 Lebanon parliament abolishes article 522, which exempted rapists from prosecution if they married their victim
  • 2017 Baltimore city council removes confederate statues under cover of darkness in response to Charlottesville violence
  • 2017 Philippine police kill 32 in raids near Manilia, most deadly night in President Rodrigo Duterte‚Äôs war on drugs
  • 2017 Three suicide bombers kill 27 people outside a refugee camp near Maiduguri in Borno state, Nigeria, Boko Haram suspected
  • 2017 Last batch of Farc rebel weapons removed by the UN in Colombia

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