August 16 Events in History - August 16 Birthdays - August 16 Deaths



2014 Continued riots in Ferguson, Missouri over the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown by a police officer have resulted in the announcement of a state of emergency and a curfew by Governor Jay Nixon
2014 India has put the INS Kolkata into service; the battleship, built locally, is the second to be commissioned this year and signals the nation's intent to update its military in response to concern regarding China's growth
2013 In Cebu, Philippines, 200 are missing and at least 26 are dead after a cargo ship and the ferry MV Thomas Aquinas collide
2013 The Indian rupee falls below 62.03 rupees against the U.S. dollar, hitting a record low
2012 Dallas, Texas Mayor Mike Rawlings declares a state of emergency after an outbreak of West Nile Virus kills at least 17 people; the city plans to combat the mosquitoes with aerial spraying of pyrethroid insecticides
2012 The U.S. State Department states the U.N. Secretary-General's decision to attend the 120-member Non-Aligned Movement summit is 'strange' and 'not a good signal'
2011 Concerns about the European economy are heightened as Germany reports second quarter growth of only 0.1%
2011 In England, two men who created a Facebook site to incite violence during the riots are sentenced to four years imprisonment
2010 U.S. military forces use an air strike to kill an al-Qaeda leader responsible for planning suicide bombings
2010 United Nations officials believe 3.5 million children may contract waterborne diseases as a result of the floods in Pakistan
1998 80th PGA Championship at Sahalee CC, Seattle WA
1998 Weetabix Women's British Golf Open
1997 For only 2nd time Stanley Cup leaves North America (heads to Russia)
1994 Chandrika Kumaratungo's party wins Sri Lanka elections
1994 Shauna Gambill, 17, of California, crowned 12th Miss Teen USA
1992 20th du Maurier Golf Classic: Sherri Steinhaur
1992 74th PGA Championship: Nick Price shoots a 278 at Bellerive St. Louis
1992 Moses Kiptanui runs world record 3k (7:28.96)
1991 Belgium census is 10,000,963 inhabitants
1991 President Bush declares recession is near an end
1990 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
1990 Iraq orders 4,000 Britons and 2,500 Americans in Kuwait to Iraq
1989 Roger Kingdom of USA sets 110m hurdle record (12.92) in Zurich
1988 Butch Reynolds runs world record 400 m (43.29)
1988 IBM introduces software for artificial intelligence
1988 Jailed black nationalist Nelson Mandela struck with tuberculosis
1988 Mayor Koch says he plans to wipe out street-corner windshield washers
1987 Astrological Harmonic Convergence - Dawn of New Age
1987 New York Mets beat Chicago Cubs, 23-9
1987 Northwest Airlines 255 plane crashes in Detroit, 156 die (1 lives)
1987 Val Skinner wins LPGA MasterCard International Golf Pro-Am
1986 Sudan rebels shoot a Fokker's F-27 down, 57 killed
1986 "Papa Don't Preach," goes #1 for 2 weeks
1986 Madonna's "True Blue," album goes #1 for 5 weeks and her single
1985 Madonna weds Sean Penn on her 27th birthday
1984 Andrea Doria's safe opened
1984 L.A. federal jury acquits auto maker John DeLorean on cocaine charges
1984 Largest harness racing purse ($2,161,000-Nihilator wins $1,080,500)
1983 Paul Simon weds Carrie Fisher
1981 Highest score in World Cup soccor match (New Zealand-13, Fiji-0)
1981 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Mary Kay Golf Classic
1981 Mary Terstegge Meagher swims world record 100m butterfly (57.93)
1980 Bill Ward quits Black Sabbath
1980 Cozy Powell quits Rainbow
1980 Jools Holland quits Squeeze
1977 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1977 Yankees blow 9-4 lead in 9th but beat Chicago 11-10 in bottom of 9th
1976 58th PGA Championship: Dave Stockton shoots a 281 at Congressional MD
1976 St. Louis Cardinals beat San Diego Chargers 20-10 in Tokyo (NFL expo)
1975 "Rodgers and Hart" closes at Helen Hayes Theater New York City after 108 performances
1975 Peter Gabriel quits Genesis
1974 Ramones concert debut (NY's CBGBs)
1972 54th PGA Championship: Gary Player shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills, Michigan
1972 Morocco King Hassan II's B727 shot at
1972 Philip Potter appointed Secretary-General of World council of Churches
1972 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1970 52nd PGA Championship: Dave Stockton shoots 279 at Southern Hills OK
1970 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Cincinnati Golf Open
1969 WATL TV channel 36 in Atlanta, Georgia begins broadcasting
1969 Woodstock rock festival begins in New York
1967 Cincinnati Red Jim Maloney retires 19 Pirates, then gets injured and leaves
1967 WFIQ TV channel 36 in Florence, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
1965 AFL awards its 1st expansion franchise (Miami Dolphins)
1964 Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Omaha Jaycee Golf Open Invitational
1964 St. Louis Card Curt Flood gets 8 straight hits in a doubleheader
1963 Independence is restored to Dominican Republic
1962 Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as Beatle drummer
1961 250,000 West Berliners demonstrate against East Berlin
1961 Martin L. King protests for black voting right in Miami
1960 Britain grants independence to crown colony of Cyprus
1960 Joseph Kittinger parachutes from balloon at 31,330 m (84,700')
1960 Republic of Congo (Zaire, Dem Rep of Congo) forms
1959 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Seattle Golf Open
1959 U.S.S.R. introduces installment buying
1956 Adlai E. Stevenson nominated as Democratic presidential candidate
1956 Indians' Rocky Colavito hits his 1st grand slam, Cleveland 5, Tigers 4
1955 Fiat Motors orders 1st private atomic reactor
1954 Sports Illustrated magazine begins publishing
1954 200 pilgrims drown in Farahzad Iran rain storm flood
1953 KTAL TV channel 6 in Shreveport-Texarkana, LA (NBC) begins
1953 Shah of Persia and princess Soraya flee to Baghdad and Rome
1950 West Indies complete historic 3-1 series win against England
1948 Arabs blow up Latrun pumping station in Jerusalem
1948 Israeli pound becomes legal tender
1947 Ralph Kiner becomes 1st Pirate to hit 3 consecutive home runs
1946 Great Calcutta blood bath - Moslem/Hindu riot (3-4,000 die)
1944 2nd Canadian Division occupies Falaise Normandy
1944 Dutch begin diplomatic contact with Vatican in London
1944 U.S. 15th Army corp reaches Eure, surrounds Dreux
1943 1st Long Tom bombs on Italian mainland (from Sicily)
1943 Bulgarian czar Boris III visits Adolf Hitler
1942 Premier Churchill travels back to Cairo from Moscow
1940 45 German aircrafts shot down over England
1936 11th Olympic games closes in Berlin
1934 U.S. explorer William Beebe descends 3,028' (923 m) in Bathysphere
1927 1st home run hit out of Comiskey Park Chicago by New York Yankee Babe Ruth
1924 38th U.S. Womens Tennis: Helen Wills Moody beats Molla B Mallory (61 63)
1924 Conference about German recovery payments opens in London
1924 Dutch-Turkish peace treaty signed
1922 AT&T radio station WBAY becomes WEAF (New York City)
1920 Ray Chapman, of Indians is hit in head by Yankees' Carl Mays pitch; he dies next day, only major league fatality
1918 U.S. troops overthrows Archangelsk
1915 KC's Alex Main no-hits Buffalo (Federal League), 5-0
1914 German army occupies last fort at Luik, Belgian general Leman caught
1914 Zapata and Pancho Villa over run Mexico
1907 Abd al-Hafid proclaims himself sultan of Morocco
1906 8.6 earthquake destroys Valparaiso Chile, fire kills 20,000
1905 Mbunga-rebellion occupy German post Ifakara East-Africa
1904 New York City begins building Grand Central Station
1903 Tigers play a home game in Toledo, Ohio, Yankees win 12-8
1898 Edwin Prescott patents roller coaster
1896 Gold discovered in Klondike, found at Bonanza Creek, Ala
1894 Indian chiefs from the Sioux and Onondaga tribes met to urge their people to renounce Christianity and return to their old Indian faith
1890 Alexander Clark, journalist/lawyer, named minister to Liberia
1882 British under General Wolseley land in Alexandria
1876 Opera "Siegfried" premieres in Bayreuth
1870 Fred Goldsmith demonstrates curve ball isn't an optical illusion
1864 4th day of battle at Deep Bottom Run Virginia, Federal assault
1864 Battle of Front Royal Virginia (Guard Hill)
1864 Palace for People's industry official opens in Amsterdam
1863 Chickamauga campaign GA
1863 Emancipation Proclamation signed
1861 President Lincoln prohibits Union states from trading with Confederacy
1861 Skirmishes at Fredericktown/Kirkville, Missouri
1858 Britain's Queen Victoria telegraphs President James Buchanan
1846 Gioacchino Rossini marries Olympe Pelissier in Paris
1834 Charles Darwin climbs Mount Campana in Chile
1829 Siamese twins Chang and Eng Bunker arrive in Boston to be exhibited
1819 Manchester Massacre: English police charge unemployed demonstrators
1812 General Hull surrenders Detroit and Michigan territory to England
1797 Comet C/1797 P1 (Bouvard-Herschel) approaches 0.0879 AUs of Earth
1794 Hungarian revolutionary Ignac Martinovics arrested in Vienna
1780 British decisively defeat Americans in Battle of Camden, SC
1777 Americans defeat British in Battle of Bennington, Vt
1748 "Geldermalsen" sails to East-Indies
1745 Skirmish at Laggan: Glengarry beats Royal Scots
1743 Earliest boxing code of rules formulated in England (Jack Broughton)
1717 Prince Eugenius of Savoye occupies Belgrade
1691 Yorktown Virginia founded
1625 Earnest Casimir of Nassau-Dietz appointed viceroy of Drenthe
1570 King Janos Sigismund Zapolyai signs secret treaty with Maximilian II
1513 Battle at Eguinegatte/Guinegate: Maximilian and Henry III beat France
1465 Battle at Montlhery
1290 Charles van Valois weds Margaretha van Anjou











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