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8/16/2022 2:28:00 AM
Today In History - August 16

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Today in History in 1896 Gold was first discovered in the Klondike at Bonanza Creek, Alaska; in 1969 the second day of Woodstock took place in New York; and in 1977 Elvis Presley died at Graceland at age 42.

Our On This Day in history archives contains over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1691 - Yorktown, Virginia founded
  • 1780 - British decisively defeat Americans in Battle of Camden, SC
  • 1829 - Siamese twins Chang & Eng Bunker arrive in Boston to be exhibited
  • 1896 - Gold first discovered in Klondike, found at Bonanza Creek, Alaska by George Carmack
  • 1954 - "Sports Illustrated" magazine begins publishing
  • 1962 - Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as Beatles' drummer
  • 1969 - Second day of the Woodstock rock festival in NY
  • 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.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1884 - Adrian S Oppenheim, Dutch lawyer/adviser (British Petroleum/Shell)
  • 1885 - Charles Carson, actor (Cry the Beloved Country), born in London, England
  • 1888 - T. E. Lawrence Tremadoc [Lawrence of Arabia], Wales, soldier/writer
  • 1897 - Robert Ringling, circus master
  • 1899 - Glenn Strange, Weed NM, actor (Sam the Bartender-Gunsmoke)
  • 1913 - Menachem Begin, Brest Russian Empire, Israeli PM (1977-83, Nobel 1978), (d. 1992)
  • 1930 - Robert Culp, Berkley California, actor (I Spy, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice)
  • 1930 - Tony Trabert, Cincinnati Ohio, tennis pro (1955 Wimbledon)
  • 1932 - Eydie Gorme, [Edithe Gormezano], Bronx NY, singer (Bossa Nova), (d. 2013)
  • 1935 - Julie Newmar, Hollywood California, actress (Catwoman-Batman, Living Doll)
  • 1954 - James Cameron, Kapuskasing Ontario, writer/director (Titanic, Avatar)
  • 1958 - Madonna, [Ciccone], Bay City Michigan, singer/actress (Like a Virgin)

Famous Weddings

  • 1290 - Charles van Valois weds Margaretha van Anjou
  • 1477 - Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, weds Mary of Burgundy, the heiress to the Duchy of Burgundy in Ghent, Belgium
  • 1846 - Opera Composer (The Barber of Seville) Gioacchino Rossini marries 2nd wife Olympe Pélissier in Paris
  • 1902 - Filmmaker Cecil B DeMille (21) weds actress Constance Adams (28) in Orange, New Jersey
  • 1919 - NFL player Curly Lambeau (21) weds high school sweetheart Marguerite Van Kessel in Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • 1946 - Famous ballet choreographer George Balanchine (42) weds ballerina Maria Tallchief (21)
  • 1983 - musician Paul Simon weds actress and writer Carrie Fisher
  • 1985 - Singer Madonna weds actor Sean Penn on her 27th birthday
  • 1992 - Comedian Janeane Garofalo (27) weds writer Robert Cohen in Las Vegas
  • 2008 - "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" talk show host Ellen DeGeneres (54) weds actress Portia de Rossi (39) in Beverly Hills, California
  • 2011 - Fashion designer Michael Kors (51) weds Lance LePere in Southampton, New York

Famous Divorces

  • 1968 - Singer/actor Frank Sinatra and 3rd wife actress Mia Farrow divorce after 2 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1938 - Robert Johnson, US Delta-blues singer/guitarist, poisoned at 27
  • 1948 - Babe Ruth, Baseball legend (NY Yankees), dies in NY at 53
  • 1949 - Margaret Mitchell, US writer (Gone With the Wind), dies at 48
  • 1956 - Bela Lugosi, actor (Dracula), dies of heart attack at 73
  • 1959 - William "Bull" F Halsey, US vice-admiral (WW II Pacific), dies
  • 1977 - Elvis Presley, American musician, dies at Graceland at 42. Official cause of death is cardiac arrhythmia
  • 1989 - Amanda Blake [Beverly Louise Neill], American actress (Gunsmoke), dies at 60
  • 1993 - Stewart Granger, actor (Scaramouche), dies of cancer at 80
  • 1999 - Pee Wee King, American country musician and songwriter (b. 1914)
  • 2012 - William Windom, American actor, dies from heart failure at 88

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