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.
- 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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