August 16 in History
What happened on August 16 in history?
A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on august 16 in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened on august 16 in history.
In South Africa police fire on striking mine workers, killing at least 34.
Iraq orders 2,500 Americans and 4,000 British nationals in Kuwait to Iraq, in the aftermath of Iraq’s invasion of that country.
IBM introduces artificial intelligence software.
The astrological alignment of the sun, moon and six planets marks what believers maintain is the dawning of a New Age.
Sudanese rebels shoot down a Sudanese Airways plane, killing 57 people.
The safe of the sunken ocean liner Andrea Doria is opened on TV after three decades, revealing cash and certificates but no other valuables.
Elvis Presley dies of a heart attack in the upstairs bedroom suite area of his Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee.
The Watts riots end in south-central Los Angeles after six days.
Lieutenant General Jonathan Wainwright, who was taken prisoner by the Japanese on Corregidor on May 6, 1942, is released from a POW camp in Manchuria by U.S. troops.
Liege, Belgium, falls to the German army.
Gold is discovered in the Klondike of Canada’s Yukon Territory, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush.
Union General William S. Rosecrans moves his army south from Tullahoma, Tennessee to attack Confederate forces in Chattanooga.
Union and Confederate forces clash near Fredericktown and Kirkville, Missouri.
U.S. President James Buchanan and Britain’s Queen Victoria exchange messages inaugurating the first transatlantic telegraph line.
American General William Hull surrenders Detroit without resistance to a smaller British force under General Issac Brock.
American troops are badly defeated by the British at the Battle of Camden, South Carolina.
France declares a state of bankruptcy.
Henry VIII of England and Emperor Maximilian defeat the French at Guinegate, France, in the Battle of the Spurs.