Saturday, August 16, 2008
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
United Airlines Flight 923 makes an emergency landing in Boston. The original course was London to Washington D.C. Fighter jets escorted the plane to the airport. //www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,208669,00.html
(AP via Fox News)
Saturday, August 16, 2003
After having spent 378 days in Taliban prison, the crew of Russian Il-76
TD managed to overpower their guards, board their aircraft and fly to freedom (see: 1995 Airstan incident
Wednesday, August 16, 1995
Wednesday, August 16, 1989
Thursday, August 16, 1984
John De Lorean is acquitted of all 8 charges of possessing and distributing cocaine.
Five people are killed and 18 others injured when a road train is deliberately driven into a motel at Ayers Rock
, NT (the driver, Douglas Edward Crabbe, is convicted in March 1984
Wednesday, August 16, 1972
Vietnam War: In a coup
, General Nguyen Khanh
replaces Duong Van Minh
as South Vietnam's chief of state and establishes a new constitution, drafted partly by the U.S. Embassy.
Saturday, August 16, 1952
Lynmouth, North Devon, England is devastated by floods 34 die.
Saturday, August 16, 1947
Saturday, August 16, 1941
The 1929 Palestine riots breaks out between Palestinians and Jews and continues until the end of the month. In total, 133 Jews and 116 Palestinians are killed.
Thursday, August 16, 1928
Murderer Carl Panzram is arrested in Washington, D.C. after killing about 20 people.
Saturday, August 16, 1924
Saturday, August 16, 1919
ndash Battle of Cer
: Serbian troops defeat the Austro-Hungarian armies, in the first Entente victory in World War I.
Thursday, August 16, 1906
A magnitude 8.2 earthquake in Valparaíso, Chile leaves approximately 20,000 dead.
Skookum Jim Mason, George Carmack and Dawson Charlie discover gold in the Klondike.
Wednesday, August 16, 1865
September ndash French warships under Charles Rigault de Genouilly attack and occupy Da Nang in Vietnam.
U.S. President James Buchanan inaugurates the new trans-Atlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria. However, a weak signal forces a shutdown of the service in a few weeks.
Wednesday, August 16, 1854
Wednesday, August 16, 1837
Peterloo Massacre: The cavalry charges into a crowd of protesters in Manchester, UK, resulting in 11 deaths and over 400 injuries.
Britain creates the colony of New Brunswick.
Wednesday, August 16, 1780
Saturday, August 16, 1777
Saturday, August 16, 1625
Ernest Casimir of Nassau-Dietz is appointed stadtholder of Drenthe.
Saturday, August 6, 1513 (Julianian calendar)
Monday, August 8, 1384 (Julianian calendar)
The Hongwu Emperor of Ming China hears a case of a couple who tore paper money notes while fighting over them. Under the law, this is considered to destroying sted government documents, which is to be punished by a caning with a bamboo rod of 100 strokes. However, the Emperor decides to pardon them, on the grounds that it was unintentional.
Thursday, August 10, 1027 (Julianian calendar)
As recorded in the "Song Shi", the Song Dynasty Chinese engineer Yan Su reinvents the 3rd-century South Pointing Chariot, a mechanical-driven compass vehicle.
This is the first year of the first "rabqung" (60-year) cycle started in the Tibetan calendar
becomes king of Georgia
on the death of his father. He will hold the throne until his own death in 1072