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On August 16th, 1977, Elvis
Presley died at Graceland Mansion in
Memphis, Tennessee, at age 42.
On this date:
In 1777, American forces won the Revolutionary
War Battle of Bennington, Vermont.
In 1812, Detroit
fell to British and Indian forces in the War of
In 1829, the
original "Siamese twins," Chang and Eng
Bunker, arrived in Boston to be exhibited to the
In 1858, a
telegraphed message from Britain's Queen Victoria
to President Buchanan was transmitted over the
recently laid trans-Atlantic cable.
In 1861, President
Lincoln prohibited the states of the Union from
trading with the seceding states of the
In 1948, baseball
legend Babe Ruth died in New York at age 53.
In 1954, Sports
Illustrated was first published by Time
In 1956, Adlai E.
Stevenson was nominated for president at the
Democratic national convention in Chicago.
In 1960, Britain
granted independence to the crown colony of
In 1987, 156
people were killed when Northwest Airlines Flight
255 crashed while trying to take off from
Ten years ago:
President Bush met with Jordan's King Hussein in
Kennebunkport, Maine, where he urged the monarch
to close Iraq's access to the sea through the
port of Aqaba. In Iraq, President Saddam Hussein
issued a statement in which he repeatedly called
Bush a "liar" and said the outbreak of
war could result in "thousands of Americans
wrapped in sad coffins."
Five years ago:
The government more than doubled its estimate of
rapes or attempted rapes in the United States
each year, to 310-thousand, a finding praised by
leaders of women's groups.
One year ago: Four
months after two gunmen sent them fleeing in
horror, students reclaimed Columbine High School
in Colorado for the start of the school year.
Vladimir Putin won confirmation as Russia's prime
minister, the fifth since early 1998. Republican
Lamar Alexander folded his presidential campaign.
The quiz show "Who Wants to Be a
Millionaire" began a limited two-week run on
"If a man wants his
dreams to come true, he must wake up."