This was 228th day of the year and 137 days remained in the year.

August 16 Birthdays

Menachem Begin
1913–92, Zionist leader and Israeli prime minister (1977–83), born in Russia.

George Meany
labor leader (1894)

Charles Bukowski
fiction writer (1920)

Frank Gifford
football player (1930)

Suzanne Farrell
ballet dancer (1945)

James Cameron
director (1954)

Angela Bassett
actress (1958)

pop singer and actress (1958)

August 16 in History


The Revolutionary War battle of Bennington, Vt., won by American forces.


The original Siamese twins, Eng and Chang, arrived in Boston.


Baseball legend Babe Ruth died in New York City at age 53.


Cyprus, the third-largest island in the Mediterranean, became an independent republic.


Algeria was admitted to the Arab League.


Elvis Presley died at Graceland, his Memphis,Tenn., home, from heart failure at age 42.


Former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin died.

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