On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1992 Moses Kiptanui of Kenya runs world 3,000m record 7:28.96 in Cologne, Germany
  • 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
  • 2002 Africa Women's Peace Train leaves Kampala for Johannesburg
  • 2003 U.S. Representative from South Dakota Bill Janklow hits and kills a motorcyclist with his car at a rural intersection near Trent, South Dakota; he will eventually be convicted of manslaughter and will resign from Congress.
  • 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

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2017 Philippine police kill 32 in raids near Manilia, most deadly night in President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs

President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte
President of the Philippines
Rodrigo Duterte
  • 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
  • 2018 Unprecedented flooding and landslides in Kerala, India, reported to have killed 106 people with 150,000 homeless
  • 2018 World's first floating dairy farm opens in Merwehaven harbour, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, with 40 cows milked by robots

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2018 Pope Francis and the Vatican issues statement in support of the 300 victims of "predator priests" in Pennsylvania

  • 2018 British Columbia, Canada, declares State of Emergency with 566 wildfires burning, prompting evacuation of 3,000 people
  • 2019 Huge fire in Chalantika slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh, destroys 1,200 houses and leaves up to 10,000 homeless

Electoral defeatElection 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

Dictator and 1st President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko
Dictator and 1st President of Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko
  • 2020 At least 17 people killed in attack on beach resort in Mogadishu, Somalia, by al-Shabab group
  • 2020 Japan's economy, the world's third largest, posts its worst-ever decline, falling 7.8% (April-June quarter)
  • 2020 Biggest protests in Thailand in six years as 10,000 people demonstrate in Bangkok for reforms of the government and the monarchy

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