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What happened on August 16th in history

 

  • August 16, 1384 “The Hongwu Emperor of Ming China hears a case of a couple who tore paper money bills while fighting over thema case considered equal to the act of destroying stamped government documents, which by law necessitated one hundred floggings by a bamboo rod. However, the Hongwu Emperor decided to pardon them, seeing as how their intention was not to tear up the money.”
  • August 16, 1513 Battle of Guinegate (Battle of the Spurs) – King Henry VIII of England defeats French Forces who were forced to retreat.
  • August 16, 1665 The arrival of 12 mares and 2 stallions; gift of Louis XlV to start a new breed of Canadian horse.
  • August 16, 1743 Earliest boxing code of rules formulated in England (Jack Broughton)

  • August 16, 1777 “Americans defeat British in Battle of Bennington, Vt”
  • August 16, 1780 “British decisively defeat Americans in Battle of Camden, SC”
  • August 16, 1792 “Maximilien Robespierre presents the petition of the Commune of Paris to the Legislative Assembly, which demanded the formation of a revolutionary tribunal.”
  • August 16, 1812 Gen Hull surrenders Detroit and Michigan territory to England
  • August 16, 1812 War of 1812: American General William Hull surrenders Fort Detroit without a fight to the British Army.
  • August 16, 1819 “Eleven people die and 400 are injured by cavalry charges at the Peterloo Massacre at a public meeting at St. Peter’s Field, Manchester, England.”
  • August 16, 1819 Manchester Massacre; English police charge unemployed demonstrators
  • August 16, 1829 Siamese twins Chang and Eng Bunker arrive in Boston to be exhibited
  • August 16, 1841 U.S. President John Tyler vetoes a bill which called for the re-establishment of the Second Bank of the United States. Enraged Whig Party members riot outside the White House in the most violent demonstration on White House grounds in U.S. history.
  • August 16, 1858 Britain’s Queen Victoria telegraphs President James Buchanan
  • August 16, 1858 “U.S. President James Buchanan inaugurates the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. However, a weak signal will force a shutdown of the service in a few weeks.”
  • August 16, 1861 Pres Lincoln prohibits Union states from trading with Confederacy
  • August 16, 1863 Emancipation Proclamation signed
  • August 16, 1865 Restoration Day in the Dominican Republic: The Dominican Republic regains its independence after 4 years of fighting against the Spanish Annexation.
  • August 16, 1868 “Arica, Peru (now Chile) is devastated by a tsunami which followed a magnitude 8.5 earthquake in the Peru-Chile Trench off the coast. The earthquake and tsunami killed an estimated 25,000 people in Arica and perhaps 70,000 people in all.”
  • August 16, 1869 Battle of Acosta u: A Paraguay battalion made up of children is massacred by the Brazilian Army during the War of the Triple Alliance.
  • August 16, 1870 Fred Goldsmith demonstrates curve ball isn’t an optical illusion
  • August 16, 1876 “The opera “”Siegfried”” is produced (Bayreuth)”
  • August 16, 1896 “Skookum Jim Mason, George Carmack and Dawson Charlie discover gold in a tributary of the Klondike River in Canada, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush.”
  • August 16, 1898 Roller coaster patented
  • August 16, 1913 Thoku Imperial University of Japan (modern day Thoku University) admits its first female students.
  • August 16, 1915 “World War I: Should victory be achieved over the Central Powers, the Triple Entente promises the Kingdom of Serbia: the Austro-Hungarian territories of Baranja, Srem, Slavonia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina; and the eastern of Dalmatia (from the river of Krka to the city of Bar).”
  • August 16, 1917 “Prv. Harry Brown (10th Cdn. infantry Batt.) wins the Victoria Cross at Hill 70, France”
  • August 16, 1920 “Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians is hit in the head by a fastball thrown by Carl Mays of the New York Yankees, and dies early the next day. To date, Chapman is the only player to die from injuries sustained in a Major League Baseball game.”
  • August 16, 1920 The congress of the Communist Party of Bukhara opens. The congress would call for armed revolution.
  • August 16, 1930 “The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks.”
  • August 16, 1931 “Near Valentine, Texas a 5.8 quake was the largest historical earthquake in Texas.”
  • August 16, 1934 The Post office issues 2 cent stamp to commemorate 150th anniversary of founding of New Brunswick
  • August 16, 1934 US ends occupation of Haiti (been there since 1915)