Historical Events on August 16 (Part 2)

  • 2020 At least 17 people killed in attack on beach resort in Mogadishu, Somalia, by al-Shabab group
  • 2020 Biggest protests in Thailand in six years as 10,000 people demonstrate in Bangkok for reforms of the government and the monarchy
  • 2020 Japan's economy, the world's third largest, posts its worst-ever decline, falling 7.8% (April-June quarter)

Election of Interest

2020 Largest-ever demonstration in Belarus as 100,000 people gather in Minsk to protest against controversial election results and regime of Alexander Lukashenko

Sports History

2020 World Snooker Championship, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield: Englishman Ronnie O'Sullivan wins his 6th world title with an 18-8 win over countryman Kyren Wilson

  • 2021 First Marvel film with an Asian superhero "Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings" starring Simu Liu premieres in Los Angeles
  • 2021 First official water shortage declared at Lake Mead, major reservoir on Colorado river supplying 40 million people, with cuts mandated mainly for Arizona
  • 2021 Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and his cabinet resign after losing their majority amid political turmoil

Historic Event

2021 US President Joe Biden says "I stands squarely behind my decision" to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan, despite sudden collapse of the country to the Taliban

Appointment of Interest

2022 Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese reveals former PM Scott Morrison secretly appointed himself to five ministerial portfolios between March 2020 and May 2021 [1]

  • 2022 Philadelphia Phillies 11-4 win over visiting Cincinnati Reds makes them 9th MLB team with 10.000 franchise victories (and last of those founded in 19th century); they were the 1st to lose 10,000, in 2007
  • 2022 Sections of China's Yangtze River launch weather modification programs due to severe drought conditions, including seeding clouds with silver iodide rods to encourage rain
  • 2022 US President Joe Biden signs the Inflation Reduction Act into law with $370 billion of spending and tax cuts to combat climate change [1]