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Notable Historical Events for August 16th

1942British Premier Winston Churchill travels back to Cairo from Moscow

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

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

1959Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Seattle Golf Open

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

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

1991President Bush declares recession is near an end

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.

1834Charles Darwin climbs Mt Campana in Chile

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Notable Birthdays on August 16th

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

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

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

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

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Notable Weddings on August 16th

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

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

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

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

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Notable Deaths on August 16th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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