On This Day in History for August 16

Events in History

  • 1384 Hongwu Emperor of Ming China, Emperor Dong, hears case of couple who tore money bills while fighting over them (equal to act of destroying stamped government documents - law necessitated 100 floggings). Hongwu Emperor decides to pardon them.
  • 1501 Michelangelo awarded the contract to create his Statue of David at Florence Cathedral by the Overseers of the Office of Works (the Operai) of the Duomo
  • 1513 Battle of the Spurs at Guinegate (now Eguinegatte): Henry VIII of England and Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I beat France
  • 1570 King of Hungary John Sigismund Zápolyai signs secret treaty with Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II
  • 1625 Earnest Casimir of Nassau-Dietz appointed viceroy of Drenthe
  • 1691 Yorktown, Virginia founded
  • 1717 Prince Eugenius of Savoye occupies Belgrade
  • 1748 "Geldermalsen" sails to East-Indies
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Weddings in History

  • 1290 Charles of Valois, son of King Philip III of France weds Margaret of Anjou, daughter of King Charles II of Naples
  • 1477 Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, weds Mary of Burgundy, the heiress to the Duchy of Burgundy in Ghent, Belgium
  • 2011 Fashion designer Michael Kors (51) weds Lance LePere in Southampton, New York

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