August 16 – On This Day In Hisotry

16 August

What happened today in history?

  • 1513 – Battle of the Spurs (Battle of Guinegate). King Henry VIII  and his allies defeat French forces.
  • 1819 – Peretloo Massacre -17 people are killed and hundreds injured when cavalry charge at a public meeting at St Peter’s Field in Manchester, England.
  • 1960 – Cyprus gains its independence form the United Kingdom.

Who was born today?

  • 1769 – T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) – Welsh colonel.
  • 1934 – Diana Wynne Jones – English author (Howl’s Moving Castle)
  • 1954 – James Cameron – Canadian director (Titanic, Aliens, The Terminator, Avatar)
  • 1958 – Madonna – American singer-songwriter.

 

Who died today?

  • 1888 – John Pemberton – .American inventor of Coca-Cola.
  • 1938 – Robert Johnson – American singer-songwriter.
  • 1948 – Babe Ruth – American baseball player.
  • 1949 – Margaret Mitchell – American author (Gone with the Wind)
  • 1977 – Elvis Presley – American singer and actor.

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