On This Day..... August 16

AUGUST 16TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL ROLLER COASTER DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL RUM DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (T.E. LAWRENCE) (1888-1935)
  • FESS PARKER (1924-2010)
  • FRANK GIFFORD (1930-2015)
  • ROBERT CULP (1930-2010)
  • EYDIE GORME (1932-2013)
  • JULIE NEWMAR (1933, 85)
  • BOB BALABAN (1945, 73)
  • LESLEY ANN WARREN (1946, 72)
  • KATHIE LEE GIFFORD (1953, 65)
  • JAMES CAMERON (1954, 64)
  • LAURA INNES (1957, 61)
  • ANGELA BASSETT (1958, 60)
  • MADONNA (1958, 60)
  • TIMOTHY HUTTON (1960, 58)
  • STEVE CARRELL (1962, 56)
  • PAMELA SMART (1967, 51)
  • VANESSA CARLTON (1980, 38)
  • RUMER WILLIS (1988, 30)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1691, YORKTOWN, VIRGINIA IS FOUNDED
  • IN 1777, AMERICAN MILITIA WINS THE BATTLE OF BENNINGTON, VT DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
  • IN 1780, THE BRITISH WIN THE BATTLE OF CAMDEN, SC IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
  • IN 1812, THE BRITISH CAPTURE DETROIT AND THE MICHIGAN TERRITORY WITH THE HELP OF NATIVE WARRIORS LED BY TECUMSEH
  • IN 1829, SIAMESE TWINS CHENG AND ENG ARRIVE IN BOSTON TO TOUR THE U.S.
  • IN 1858, QUEEN VICTORIA SENDS A TELEGRAPH TO PRESIDENT JAMES BUCHANAN
  • IN 1861, PRESIDENT LINCOLN PROHIBITS TRADE BETWEEN THE UNION AND CONFEDERACY AND CALLS SOUTHERNERS TO BE “IN INSURRECTION”
  • IN 1877, TUKEY DECLARES WAR ON RUSSIA
  • IN 1888, JOHN PEMBERTON, THE PHARMACIST CREDITED WITH INVENTING COCA-COLA DIES OF STOMACH CANCER AT 55
  • IN 1896, GOLD IS DISCOVERED IN THE KLONDIKE SPARKING THE ALASKA GOLD RUSH
  • IN 1898, EDWIN PRESCOTT PATENTS THE ROLLER COASTER
  • IN 1902, 21 YEAR OLD DIRECTOR CECIL B. DEMILLE MARRIES 28 YEAR OLD ACTRESS CONSTANCE ADAMS
  • IN 1904, CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON GRAND CENTRAL STATION
  • IN 1920, CARL MAYS HITS RAY CHAPMAN IN THE HEAD WITH A PITCH. HE DIES THE NEXT DAY, MAKING HIM THE ONLY OFFICIAL DEATH CAUSED BY MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
  • IN 1930, “FIDDLESTICKS”, THE FIRST CARTOON WITH SOUND AND COLOR, IS RELEASED
  • IN 1936, THE BERLIN OLYMPICS CLOSE
  • IN 1938, ROBERT JOHNSON, CONSIDERED ONE OF THE GREATEST BLUES GUITARISTS OF ALL TIME, DIES AT 27 IN MISSISSIPPI. WHILE HIS OFFICIAL CAUSE OF DEATH IS LISTED AS “LIKELY SYPHILLIS”, RUMORS OF HIS DEATH RANGED FROM BEING POISONED BY A WHITE MAN WHOSE WIFE HE FLIRTED WITH TO SELLING HIS SOUL TO THE DEVIL TO GET HIS TALENT
  • IN 1940, 45 GERMAN PLANES ARE SHOT DOWN OVER ENGLAND
  • IN 1948, BABE RUTH DIES OF THROAT CANCER AT 53
  • IN 1949, MARGARET MITCHELL DIES AT 48
  • IN 1953, THE LAST SHAH OF IRAN, MOHAMMED REZA PAHLAVI, FLEES TO ROME WITH HIS PRINCESS VIA BAGHDAD
  • IN 1954, “SPORTS ILLUSTRATED” PUBLISHES ITS FIRST ISSUE
  • IN 1956, BELA LUGOSI DIES OF A HEART ATTACK AT 73
  • IN 1961, 250,000 WEST GERMANS PROTEST IN BERLIN ON BEHALF OF THEIR EAST GERMAN COUNTERPARTS
  • IN 1961, MARTIN LUTHER KING JR LEADS A PROTEST FOR VOTING RIGHTS IN MIAMI
  • IN 1962, RINGO STARR OFFICIALLY REPLACES PETE BEST IN THE BEATLES
  • IN 1962, 12 YEAR OLD STEVIE WONDER RELEASES HIS FIRST SINGLE “I CALL IT PRETTY MUSIC (BUT THE OLD PEOPLE CALL IT THE BLUES)” FEATURING THEN UNKNOWN MARVIN GAYE ON DRUMS
  • IN 1965, THE AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE GRANTS MIAMI A FRANCHISE (DOLPHINS)
  • IN 1968 FRANK SINATRA DIVORCES MIA FARROW, HIS THIRD WIFE, AFTER 2 YEARS
  • IN 1969, CROSBY, STILLS AND NASH PERFORM TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME
  • IN 1969, THE WOODSTOCK MUSIC FESTIVAL CONTINUES INTO ITS SECOND DAY
  • IN 1974, THE RAMONES PERFORM TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME AT CBGB
  • IN 1975, PETER GABRIEL LEAVES GENESIS
  • IN 1977, ELVIS PRESLEY DIES AT GRACELAND AT 42
  • IN 1983, PAUL SIMON MARRIES CARRIE FISHER
  • IN 1984, AUTOMAKER JOHN DELORAN IS ACQUITTED OF COCAINE POSSESSION CHARGES AND INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE 59 POUNDS OF COCAINE
  • IN 1985, CBS AIRS “DEATH OF A SALESMAN” STARRING DUSTIN HOFFMAN AND JOHN MALKOVICH
  • IN 1985, MADONNA MARRIES SEAN PENN ON HER 27TH BIRTHDAY
  • IN 1986, MADONNA HITS #1 WITH “PAPA DON’T PREACH” ON THE SINGLES CHART AND “TRUE BLUE” ON THE ALBUM CHART ON HER 28TH BIRTHDAY
  • IN 1987, BON JOVI RELEASES “SLIPPERY WHEN WET”
  • IN 1988, IBM RELEASES ITS FIRST SOFTWARE FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
  • IN 1988, NEW YORK CITY MAYOR ED KOCH PLEDGES TO GO TO WAR WITH “SQUEEGEE GUYS” TO REMOVE THEM FROM THE STREETS
  • IN 1989, THE TORONTO STOCK MARKET AND OTHER HIGH PROFILE DIGITAL PROGRAMS BRIEFLY GO OFFLINE DUE TO A GEOMAGNETIC STORM CAUSES BY A SOLAR FLARE
  • IN 1990, SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT F.W. DE KLERK HOLDS EMERGENCY MEETINGS WITH NELSON MANDELA TO DISCUSS INCREASING VIOLENCE
  • IN 1991, SHAMU THE KILLER WHALE DIES AT SEAWORLD OF RESPITORY FAILURE AT 16
  • IN 1994, IBM’S “SIMON”, THE FIRST SMART PHONE, GOES ON SALE
  • IN 1997, WILL SMITH HITS #1 WITH “MEN IN BLACK”
  • IN 2000, LIFEHOUSE RELEASES “HANGING BY A MOMENT”
  • IN 2003, REP. BILL JANKLOW OF SOUTH DAKOTA HITS AND KILLS A MOTORCYCLIST AT A RURAL INTERSECTION. HE IS FOUND GUILTY OF MANSLAUGHTER AND HAS TO RESIGN
  • IN 2003, CHRISTIANO RONALDO MAKES HIS MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER DEBUT FOR MANCHESTER UNITED
  • IN 2003, IDI AMIN DIES OF KIDNEY FAILURE. HIS AGED IS GUESSED AT BETWEEN 75 & 80
  • IN 2005, A WEST CARRIBBEAN AIRWAYS FLIGHT CRASHES NEAR VENEZUELA AND KILLS ALL 160 ABOARD
  • IN 2008, USAIN BOLT SETS A NEW WORLD RECORD WHILE WINNING THE 100M SPRINT AT THE BEIJING OLYMPICS
  • IN 2008, MICHAEL PHELPS WINS HIS 7TH OF 8 GOLD MEDALS IN BEIJING IN THE 100M BUTTERFLY
  • IN 2008, ELLEN DEGENERES MARRIES PORTIA DE ROSSI
  • IN 2012, JULIAN ASSANGE IS GRANTED POLITICAL ASYLUM IN ECUADOR
  • IN 2016, A WILDFIRE IN SAN BERNADINO COUNTY BURNS 15,000 ACRES AND FORCES 82,000 PEOPLE TO EVACUATE
  • IN 2016, JOHN MCLAUGHLIN OF THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP DIES AT 89
  • IN 2016, SPIKE LEE DEBUTS HIS KATRINA DOCUMENTARY “WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS”
  • IN 2017, THE CITY OF BALTIMORE REMOVES ITS CONFEDERATE STATUES OVERNIGHT IN THE DARK IN RESPONSE TO CHARLOTTESVILLE

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