On This Day: August 16th

This is 229th day of the year and 137 days remain in the year.

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.
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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