On This Day

What Happened on August 16, 2004

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe wins the men's 200m freestyle in Olympic record 1:44.71, giving him the 200/400m freestyle double at the Athens Olympics

Famous Deaths

  • Acquanetta [Mildred Davenport], American actress nicknamed "The Venezuelan Volcano" (Tarzan & Leopard Woman), dies at 83
  • Carl Mydans, American photographer (b. 1907)
  • Ivan Hlinka, Czech ice hockey coach (b. 1950)
  • Robert Quiroga, American boxer (b. 1969)