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August 16th, 2005 (August 16 2005)EventWest Caribbean Airways Flight 708 crashes near Machiques, Venezuela, killing the 160 aboard.
August 16th, 2003 (August 16 2003)EventU.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.
August 16th, 1993 (August 16 1993)EventThe Debian distribution was first announced by Ian Murdock, then a student at Purdue University. Murdock initially called his system the "Debian Linux Release"
August 16th, 1992 (August 16 1992)EventIn response to an appeal by President Fernando Collor de Mello to wear green and yellow as a way to show support for him, thousands of Brazilians take to the streets dressed in black.
August 16th, 1989 (August 16 1989)EventA solar flare from the Sun creates a geomagnetic storm that affects micro chips, leading to a halt of all trading on Toronto s stock market.
August 16th, 1987 (August 16 1987)EventA McDonnell Douglas MD-82 carrying Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashes on take-off from Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Michigan (Detroit), killing 155 passengers and crew. The sole survivor is four-year-old Cecelia Cichan.
August 16th, 1972 (August 16 1972)EventThe Royal Moroccan Air Force fires upon, in an unsuccessful coup d etat attempt, Hassan II of Morocco s plane while he is traveling back to Rabat.
August 16th, 1966 (August 16 1966)EventVietnam War: The House Un-American Activities Committee begins investigations of Americans who have aided the Viet Cong. The committee intends to introduce legislation making these activities illegal. Anti-war demonstrators disrupt the meeting and 50 people are arrested.
August 16th, 1964 (August 16 1964)EventVietnam War: A coup d etat replaces Duong Van Minh with General Nguyen Khanh as President of South Vietnam. A new constitution is established with aid from the U.S. Embassy.
August 16th, 1962 (August 16 1962)EventPete Best replaced by Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) as drummer for The Beatles.Ringo Starr Quotes
August 16th, 1960 (August 16 1960)EventCyprus gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
August 16th, 1960 (August 16 1960)EventJoseph Kittinger parachutes from a balloon over New Mexico at 102,800 feet (31,330 m), setting three records that still stand today: High-altitude jump, free-fall, and fastest speed by a human without an aircraft.
August 16th, 1946 (August 16 1946)EventThe Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, is established, and Ichiro Ishikawa is appointed its representative.
August 16th, 1945 (August 16 1945)EventAn assassination attempt was made on Japan s prime minister, Kantaro Suzuki.
August 16th, 1945 (August 16 1945)EventPuyi, the last Chinese emperor and ruler of Manchukuo, was captured by Soviet troops.
August 16th, 1944 (August 16 1944)EventFirst flight of the Junkers Ju 287.
August 16th, 1942 (August 16 1942)EventWorld War II: The two-person crew of the U.S. naval blimp L-8 disappears without a trace on a routine anti-submarine patrol over the Pacific Ocean. The blimp drifts without her crew and crash-lands in Daly City, California.
August 16th, 1941 (August 16 1941)EventHMS Mercury, Royal Navy Signals School and Combined Signals School opens at Leydene, near Petersfield, Hampshire, England.
August 16th, 1940 (August 16 1940)EventWorld War II: The Communist Party is banned in German-occupied Norway.
August 16th, 1930 (August 16 1930)EventThe first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks.
August 16th, 1920 (August 16 1920)EventRay Chapman of the Cleveland Indians is hit in the head by a fastball thrown by Carl Mays of the New York Yankees, and dies early the next day. To date, Chapman is the only player to die from injuries sustained in a Major League Baseball game.
August 16th, 1920 (August 16 1920)EventThe congress of the Communist Party of Bukhara opens. The congress would call for armed revolution.
August 16th, 1915 (August 16 1915)EventWorld War I: Should victory be achieved over the Central Powers, the Triple Entente promises the Kingdom of Serbia: the Austro-Hungarian territories of Baranja, Srem, Slavonia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina; and the eastern ? of Dalmatia (from the river of Krka to the city of Bar).
August 16th, 1914 (August 16 1914)EventWorld War I: Battle of Cer begins.
August 16th, 1913 (August 16 1913)EventTohoku Imperial University of Japan (modern day Tohoku University) admits its first female students.
August 16th, 1896 (August 16 1896)EventSkookum Jim Mason, George Carmack and Dawson Charlie discover gold in a tributary of the Klondike River in Canada, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush.George Mason Quotes
August 16th, 1870 (August 16 1870)EventFranco-Prussian War: The Battle of Mars-La-Tour is fought, resulting in a Prussian victory.
August 16th, 1869 (August 16 1869)EventBattle of Acosta Nu: A Paraguay battalion made up of children is massacred by the Brazilian Army during the War of the Triple Alliance.
August 16th, 1868 (August 16 1868)EventArica, Peru (now Chile) is devastated by a tsunami which followed a magnitude 8.5 earthquake in the Peru-Chile Trench off the coast. The earthquake and tsunami killed an estimated 25,000 people in Arica and perhaps 70,000 people in all.
August 16th, 1865 (August 16 1865)EventRestoration Day in the Dominican Republic: The Dominican Republic regains its independence after 4 years of fighting against the Spanish Annexation.
August 16th, 1858 (August 16 1858)EventU.S. President James Buchanan inaugurates the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. However, a weak signal will force a shutdown of the service in a few weeks.James Buchanan Quotes
August 16th, 1841 (August 16 1841)EventU.S. President John Tyler vetoes a bill which called for the re-establishment of the Second Bank of the United States. Enraged Whig Party members riot outside the White House in the most violent demonstration on White House grounds in U.S. history.John Tyler Quotes
August 16th, 1819 (August 16 1819)EventEleven people die and 400 are injured by cavalry charges at the Peterloo Massacre at a public meeting at St. Peter s Field, Manchester, England.
August 16th, 1812 (August 16 1812)EventWar of 1812: American General William Hull surrenders Fort Detroit without a fight to the British Army.
August 16th, 1792 (August 16 1792)EventMaximilien Robespierre presents the petition of the Commune of Paris to the Legislative Assembly, which demanded the formation of a revolutionary tribunal.Maximilien Robespierre Quotes
August 16th, 1780 (August 16 1780)EventAmerican Revolutionary War: Battle of CamdenThe British defeat the Americans near Camden, South Carolina.
August 16th, 1513 (August 16 1513)EventBattle of Guinegate (Battle of the Spurs)King Henry VIII of England defeats French Forces who were forced to retreat. Henry VIII of England Quotes
August 16th, 1384 (August 16 1384)EventThe Hongwu Emperor of Ming China hears a case of a couple who tore paper money bills while fighting over them-a case considered equal to the act of destroying stamped government documents, which by law necessitated one hundred floggings by a bamboo rodied in However, the Hongwu Emperor decided to pardon them, seeing as how their intention was not to tear up the money.

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