On This Day

What Happened on August 16, 1945

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • Puyi, the last Chinese Emperor and ruler of Manchukuo is captured by Soviet troops

Famous Birthdays

  • Bob Balaban, American actor and director (2010, Girlfriends, Gosford Park), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Gary Loizzo, rock guitarist (American Breed), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Gordon "Snowy" Fleet, Merseyside, rock drummer (Easybeats)
  • Kevin Ayers, England, progressive rocker (Joy of a Toy), (d. 2013)
  • Suzanne Farrell, ballerina (Don Quioxote), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Famous Deaths

  • Nico Richter, composer, dies at 29
  • Takijiro Ohnishi, led Japanese kamikaze pilots (harakiri), dies