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On This Day: August 16th

This is 228th day of the year and 137 days remain in the year.

in history
1777
The Revolutionary War battle of Bennington, Vt., won by American forces.
1829
The original Siamese twins, Eng and Chang, arrived in Boston.
1948
Baseball legend Babe Ruth died in New York City at age 53.
1960
Cyprus, the third-largest island in the Mediterranean, became an independent republic.
1962
Algeria was admitted to the Arab League.
1977
Elvis Presley died at Graceland, his Memphis,Tenn., home, from heart failure at age 42.
2003
Former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin died.
August 16 BirthdaysMenachem Begin1913–92, Zionist leader and Israeli prime minister (1977–83), born in Russia.
Frank Giffordfootball player
Charles Bukowskifiction writer
Suzanne Farrellballet dancer
George Meanylabor leader
James Camerondirector
Angela Bassettactress
Madonnapop singer and actress



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