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199274th PGA Championship: Nick Price shoots a 278 at Bellerive St Louis

2012Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder, is granted political asylum by Ecuador

1970Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Cincinnati Golf Open

1942British Premier Winston Churchill travels back to Cairo from Moscow

1812British forces under the command of Major General Sir Isaac Brock capture Fort Detroit with the help of Indigenous warriors led by Tecumseh

1962Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as Beatles' drummer

197052nd PGA Championship: Dave Stockton shoots 279 at Southern Hills OK

197658th PGA Championship: Dave Stockton shoots a 281 at Congressional MD

1513Battle at Eguinegatte/Guinegate: Maximilian & Henry VIII beat France

197254th PGA Championship: Gary Player shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills Mich

2008Usain Bolt sets a new 100 metres dash world record of 9.69 seconds at the Beijing 2008 summer olympics.

1990South African President F. W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela hold emergency talks in Pretoria about increasing violence in Soweto

1834Charles Darwin climbs Mt Campana in Chile

19271st HR hit out of Comiskey Park Chicago (NY Yankee Babe Ruth)

1991President Bush declares recession is near an end

1858Britain's Queen Victoria telegraphs US President James Buchanan

1959Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Seattle Golf Open

192438th US Womens Tennis: Helen Wills Moody beats Molla Mallory (6-1 6-3)

1986Madonna's "True Blue" album goes #1 for 5 weeks & her single

1943Bulgarian Tsar Boris III visits Adolf Hitler

August 16th Historical Events
Date Event
1384
The Hongwu Emperor of Ming China, Emperor Dong, hears a case of couple who tore paper money bills while fighting over them (equal to act of destroying stamped government documents - by law necessitated one hundred floggings). However Hongwu Emperor decides to pardon them. 
1513
Battle at Eguinegatte/Guinegate: Maximilian & Henry VIII beat France 
1570
King Janos Sigismund Zapolyai signs secret treaty with Maximilian II 
1625
Earnest Casimir of Nassau-Dietz appointed viceroy of Drenthe 
1691
Yorktown, Virginia founded 
1717
Prince Eugenius of Savoye occupies Belgrade 
1743
Earliest boxing code of rules formulated in England (Jack Broughton) 
1745
Skirmish at Laggan: Glengarry beats Royal Scots 
1748
"Geldermalsen" sails to East-Indies 
1777
Americans defeat British in Battle of Bennington, Vt 
1780
British decisively defeat Americans in Battle of Camden, SC 
1794
Hungarian revolutionary Ignác Martinovics arrested in Vienna 
1797
Comet C/1797 P1 (Bouvard-Herschel) approaches 0.0879 AUs of Earth 
1812
General Hull surrenders Detroit & Michigan territory to British forces 
1812
British forces under the command of Major General Sir Isaac Brock capture Fort Detroit with the help of Indigenous warriors led by Tecumseh 
1819
Peterloo Massacre, Manchester, England: cavalry charges demonstrators.15 people killed and 400—700 injured 
1829
Siamese twins Chang & Eng Bunker arrive in Boston to be exhibited 
1834
Charles Darwin climbs Mt Campana in Chile 
1858
Britain's Queen Victoria telegraphs US President James Buchanan 
1861
Pres Lincoln prohibits Union states from trading with Confederacy 
1861
Skirmishes at Fredericktown/Kirkville, Missouri 
1863
Chickamauga campaign GA 
1864
Federal assault on 4th day of battle at Deep Bottom Run, Virginia 
1864
Palace for People's industry official opens in Amsterdam 
1865
Restoration Day in the Dominican Republic: The Dominican Republic regains its independence after 4 years of fighting against the Spanish Annexation. 
1869
Battle of Acosta Ñu: A Paraguay battalion made up of children is massacred by the Brazilian Army during the War of the Triple Alliance. 
1870
Fred Goldsmith demonstrates curve ball isn't an optical illusion 
1876
Opera "Siegfried" premieres in Bayreuth 
1882
British under General Wolseley land in Alexandria 
1890
Alexander Clark, journalist/lawyer, named minister to Liberia 
1894
Indian chiefs from the Sioux & Onondaga tribes met to urge their people to renounce Christianity & return to their old Indian faith 
1896
Gold first discovered in Klondike, found at Bonanza Creek, Alaska by George Carmack 
1898
Edwin Prescott patents roller coaster 
1903
Tigers play a home game in Toledo Ohio, Yanks win 12-8 
1904
NYC begins building Grand Central Station 
1905
Mbunga-rebellion occupy German post Ifakara East-Africa 
1906
-17] 8.6 earthquake destroys Valparaiso Chile, fire kills 20,000 
1907
Mulay Hafid is proclaimed the Sultan of Morocco by supporters leading to civil war; Mulay is supported by Germany while France supports the existing Sultan 
1908
The Committee of Union and Progress, 'The Young Turks', announces a program for reforms and respect for the rights of all within the Ottoman Empire, regardless of race or religion 
1913
Tōhoku Imperial University of Japan (modern day Tōhoku University) admits its first female students. 
1914
German army occupies last fort at Liege, Belgian general Leman caught 
1914
Zapata & Pancho Villa over run Mexico 
1914
World War I: Battle of Cer begins. 
1915
KC's Alex Main no-hits Buffalo (Federal League), 5-0 
1918
US troops overthrows Archangelsk 
1920
Ray Chapman, of Indians is hit in head by Yanks' Carl Mays pitch; he dies next day, only major league fatality 
1922
AT&T radio station WBAY becomes WEAF (NYC) 
1924
38th US Womens Tennis: Helen Wills Moody beats Molla Mallory (6-1 6-3) 
1924
Conference about German recovery payments opens in London 
1924
Dutch-Turkish peace treaty signed 
1927
1st HR hit out of Comiskey Park Chicago (NY Yankee Babe Ruth
1930
The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks. 
1934
US ends occupation of Haiti (been there since 1915) 
1934
US explorer William Beebe descends 3,028' (923 m) in Bathysphere 
1936
11th Olympic games closes in Berlin 
1940
45 German aircrafts shot down over England 
1941
HMS Mercury, Royal Navy Signals School and Combined Signals School opens at Leydene, near Petersfield, Hampshire, England. 
1942
British Premier Winston Churchill travels back to Cairo from Moscow 
1943
1st Long Tom bombs on Italian mainland (from Sicily) 
1943
Bulgarian Tsar Boris III visits Adolf Hitler 
1944
2nd Canadian Division occupies Falaise, Normandy 
1944
Dutch begin diplomatic contact with Vatican in London 
1944
US 15th Army corp reaches Eure, surrounds Dreux 
1944
First flight of the Junkers Ju 287. 
1945
Puyi, the last Chinese emperor and ruler of Manchukuo, was captured by Soviet troops. 
1946
Direct Action Day - riots in Calcutta between Moslem and Hindus kill over 4,000 over demand for Pakistan separate state 
1947
Ralph Kiner becomes 1st Pirate to hit 3 consecutive HRs 
1948
Arabs blow up Latrun pumping station in Jerusalem 
1948
Israeli pound becomes legal tender 
1950
West Indies complete historic 3-1 series win against England 
1953
KTAL TV channel 6 in Shreveport-Texarkana, LA (NBC) begins 
1953
Shah of Persia & princess Soraya flee to Baghdad & Rome 
1954
"Sports Illustrated" magazine begins publishing 
1954
200 pilgrims drown in Farahzad Iran rain storm flood 
1955
Fiat Motors orders 1st private atomic reactor 
1956
Adlai E Stevenson nominated as US Democratic presidential candidate 
1956
Indians' Rocky Colavito hits his 1st grand slam, Cleveland 5, Tigers 4 
1959
Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Seattle Golf Open 
1959
USSR introduces installment buying 
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 
1961
250,000 West Berliners demonstrate against East Berlin 
1961
Martin L King protests for black voting right in Miami 
1962
Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as Beatles' drummer 
1963
Independence is restored to Dominican Republic 
1964
Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Omaha Jaycee Golf Open Invitational 
1964
St Louis Card Curt Flood gets 8 straight hits in a doubleheader 
1965
AFL awards its 1st expansion franchise (Miami Dolphins) 
1967
Cin Red Jim Maloney retires 19 Pirates, then gets injured & leaves 
1967
WFIQ TV channel 36 in Florence, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting 
1969
WATL TV channel 36 in Atlanta, GA begins broadcasting 
1969
Second day of the Woodstock rock festival in NY 
1970
52nd PGA Championship: Dave Stockton shoots 279 at Southern Hills OK 
1970
Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Cincinnati Golf Open 
1971
Over 8,000 workers go on strike in Derry, Northern Ireland, in protest at the introduction of Internment (allowing suspected terrorists to be indefinitely detained without trial) 
1972
54th PGA Championship: Gary Player shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills Mich 
1972
Morocco King Hassan II's B727 shot at 
1972
Philip Potter appointed sect-gen of World council of Churches 
1972
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1974
Ramones concert debut (NY's CBGBs) 
1975
"Rodgers & Hart" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 108 perfs 
1975
Peter Gabriel quits Genesis 
1976
58th PGA Championship: Dave Stockton shoots a 281 at Congressional MD 
1976
St Louis Cards beat San Diego Chargers 20-10 in Tokyo (NFL expo) 
1977
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1977
Yanks blow 9-4 lead in 9th but beat Chicago 11-10 in bottom of 9th 
1980
Bill Ward quits Black Sabbath 
1980
Cozy Powell quits Rainbow 
1980
Jools Holland quits Squeeze 
1981
Highest score in World Cup soccer 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) 
1984
Sunken liner Andrea Doria's safe opened 
1984
LA federal jury acquits auto maker John Z DeLorean on cocaine charges 
1984
Largest harness racing purse ($2,161,000-Nihilator wins $1,080,500) 
1984
NASA launches Ampte 
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 & her single 
1987
Astrological Harmonic Convergence-Dawn of New Age 
1987
NY 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 
1988
Butch Reynolds runs world record 400 m (43.29) 
1988
IBM introduces software for artificial intelligence 
1988
Mayor Koch says he plans to wipe out street-corner windshield washers 
1989
Roger Kingdom of USA sets 110m hurdle record (12.92) in Zurich 
1989
A 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. 
1990
China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC 
1990
Iraq orders 4000 Britons & 2500 Americans in Kuwait to Iraq 
1990
South African President F. W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela hold emergency talks in Pretoria about increasing violence in Soweto 
1991
Belgium census is 10,000,963 inhabitants 
1991
President Bush declares recession is near an end 
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) 
1993
The Debian distribution was first announced by Ian Murdock, then a student at Purdue University. Murdock initially called his system the "Debian Linux Release" 
1993
South Africa relinquishes sovereignty over Walvis Bay 
1994
Chandrika Kumaratungo's party wins Sri Lanka elections 
1994
Shauna Gambill, 17, of California, crowned 12th Miss Teen USA 
1997
For only 2nd time Stanley Cup leaves North America (heads to Russia) 
1997
The South African soccer team, Bafana Bafana wins against the national team of the Democratic Republic of the Congo at First National Bank stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa 
1998
80th PGA Championship: Vijay Singh shoots a 271 at Sahalee Country Club 
1998
Weetabix Women's British Golf Open 
2002
Africa Women's Peace Train leaves Kampala for Johannesburg 
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. 
2005
West Caribbean Airways Flight 708 crashes near Machiques, Venezuela, killing all 160 aboard. 
2008
Usain Bolt sets a new 100 metres dash world record of 9.69 seconds at the Beijing 2008 summer olympics. 
2009
91st PGA Championship: Yang Yong-eun shoots a 280 at Hazeltine National Golf Club 
2011
Beginning of World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid 
2012
Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder, is granted political asylum by Ecuador 
2012
113 people are killed and over 200 wounded in a series of attacks across Iraq 
2012
South African police open fire on striking mine workers and kill at least 34 people 
2013
61 people are killed after the ferry MV Thomas Aquinas sinks in the Philippines 
2016
Brooklyn Man Charged With Killing Imam and Assistant Near Mosque 
2016
Bombing of Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Yemen Kills at Least 15 
2016
Pennsylvania attorney general convicted of perjury, other charges 
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