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This Day in History: Aug. 16

On this day, Aug. 16 …

1948: Babe Ruth dies of cancer at age 53.

Also on this day:

  • 1777: The Revolutionary War battle of Bennington, Vt. is won by American forces.
(Original Caption) 8/16/1977-Lincoln, NB: Elvis Presley, 42, died 8/16 in Memphis, TN, of respiratory failure at Baptist Hospital. Presley, the gyrating, hip-swinging King of Rock and Roll is shown during 6/20 concert here.

(Original Caption) 8/16/1977-Lincoln, NB: Elvis Presley, 42, died 8/16 in Memphis, TN, of respiratory failure at Baptist Hospital. Presley, the gyrating, hip-swinging King of Rock and Roll is shown during 6/20 concert here.

  • 1977: Elvis Presley dies at the age of 42.
  • 2008: Usain Bolt sets a new 100m world record of 9.69 seconds at the Olympics in Beijing. 
  • 2012: Ecuador grants political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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