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Notable Historical Events for August 16th

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

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

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

1959Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Seattle Golf Open

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

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

1970Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Cincinnati Golf Open

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

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

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

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Notable Birthdays on August 16th

1913Menachem Begin, Brest Russian Empire, Israeli PM (1977-83, Nobel 1978), (d. 1992)

1958Madonna, [Ciccone], Bay City Michigan, singer/actress (Like a Virgin)

1954James Cameron, Kapuskasing Ontario, writer/director (True Lies, Titanic)

1930Tony Trabert, Cincinnati Ohio, tennis pro (1955 Wimbledon)

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Notable Weddings on August 16th

1946Famous ballet choreographer George Balanchine (42) weds ballerina Maria Tallchief (21)

1919NFL player Curly Lambeau (21) weds high school sweetheart Marguerite Van Kessel in Green Bay, Wisconsin

1992Comedian Janeane Garofalo (27) weds writer Robert Cohen in Las Vegas

1985Singer Madonna weds actor Sean Penn on her 27th birthday

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Notable Deaths on August 16th

1938Robert Johnson, US Delta-blues singer/guitarist, poisoned at 27

1956Bela Lugosi, actor (Dracula), dies of heart attack at 73

1948Babe Ruth, Baseball legend (NY Yankees), dies in NY at 53

1979John Diefenbaker, 13th Prime Minister of Canada, dies at 83

1977Elvis Presley, American musician, dies at Graceland at 42. Official cause of death is cardiac arrhythmia

1949Margaret Mitchell, US writer (Gone With the Wind), dies at 48

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