16 AUGUST
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • George Meany, 1894
  • Prince Francis Joseph II of Liechtenstein, 1906
  • Menachem Begin, 1913
  • Fess Parker, 1927
  • Ann Blyth, 1928
  • Frank Gifford, 1930
  • Eydie Gorme, 1932
  • Anita Gillette, 1936
  • Bob Balaban, 1945
  • Suzanne Farrell, 1945
  • Lesley Ann Warren, 1946
  • Carol Moseley-Braun, 1947
  • James Cameron, 1954
  • Madonna, 1958
  • Timothy Hutton, 1960

Died On This Day:

  • Thomas Fuller, 1661
  • Duncan Phyfe, 1854
  • R.W. von Bunsen, 1899
  • Babe Ruth, 1948
  • Margaret Mitchell killed, 1949
  • Lord Hailsham, 1950
  • Louis Jouvet, 1951
  • Bela Lugosi, 1956
  • Admiral Bull Halsey, 1959
  • Elvis Presley OD, 1977
  • John Diefenbaker, 1979
  • Amanda Blake AIDS, 1989
  • Stewart Granger, 1993
  • Oveta Culp Hobby, 1995
  • Abu Nidal shot dead (or suicide?), 2002
  • Idi Amin Dada, 2003
  • Aretha Franklin, 2018
  • Peter Fonda, 2019

Today's Events:

  • 1513 - Henry VIII victorious against French in Battle of the Spurs at Guinegate, Flanders.
  • 1743 - Champion boxer Jack Broughton formulates first code of rules in Britain.
  • 1780 - British defeat Americans at first Battle of Camden (SC). 2,000 dead. Revolutionary War.
  • 1819 - Peterloo Massacre takes place at St. Peter's Field, Manchester, England; cavalry charge into protesting crowd killing 11 injuring 500.
  • 1825 - Republic of Bolivia proclaimed.
  • 1829 - Siamese Twins Chang and Eng arrive in Boston, Mass.
  • 1858 - First cable message sent across the Atlantic from Queen Victoria to President James Buchanan.
  • 1920 - R.J. Chapman of Cleveland Indians is first, and only, baseball player killed during a game at N.Y.
  • 1921 - Times of London exposes antisemitic manifesto 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion' as a forged fraud.
  • 1925 - Charlie Chaplin's 'The Gold Rush' opens in N.Y.
  • 1985 - Madonna marries Sean Penn.
  • 1987 - Northwest Airlines jet crashes in Detroit killing 153; One 4 year-old girl, Cecelia Cichan, survives.
  • 2009 - 100th ranked Y. E. Yang of South Korea becomes first Asian player to win a PGA championship beating Tiger Woods.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Rock
  • Joachim

Holiday:

  • Independence Day Cyprus (1960)
  • National Day in Liechtenstein
  • 2nd Festival of the Palio in Sienna, Italy
  • Daimonji Okuribi celebrated in Kyoto (feast of dead)

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • NAGA PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of the Serpent God
  • RAKHI, Hindu Festival to Pledge Protection
  • CHUNG-CH'IU, Mid-autumn festival, Harvest or Moon Festival (fifteenth day of the eighth moon)
  • TISH'AH B'AB (Jewish) Anniversary of fall of Jerusalem and destruction of first & 2nd temples Ab 9
  • JANAM (OR JANMA) ASHTAMI, Hindu Birthday Festival of Krishna
  • ANANT CHATURDASI, Hindu Eternal Anniversary of 14th day of Month Bhaedra
  • CH'UNG YANG, Festival of High Places in China (ninth day of the ninth moon)
  • Japanese visit graves of ancestors mid August
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God end of August
  • FRIENDSHIP DAY - first Sunday in August in USA

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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