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This Day In History: Aug. 16

This Day in History

1780: During the Revolutionary War, American troops suffer disastrous losses in the Battle of Camden, SC, with 1,000 dying and another 1,000 taken captive.
1812: In the War of 1812, the British take Detroit.
1896: Gold is discovered in the Yukon's Klondike region, sparking a famous gold rush.
1948: Baseball great Babe Ruth dies of cancer at the age of 53.
1977: Elvis Presley dies in a Memphis hospital at the age of 42.

Today's Birthdays

1862: Amos Alonzo Stagg, football player/coach (West Orange, NJ; died 1965)
1888: T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), soldier/archaeologist/writer (Tremadoc, North Wales; died 1935)
1894: George Meany, labor leader (New York, NY; died 1980)
1913: Menachem Begin, Israeli prime minister (Brest-Litovsk, Poland; died 1992)
1928: Ann Blyth, actress (Mount Kisco, NY)
1930: Frank Gifford, football player/sportscaster (Santa Monica, CA)
1932: Eydie Gorme, singer (Bronx, NY)
1945: Suzanne Farrell, ballerina (Cincinnati, OH)
1947: Carol Moseley Braun, former senator, ambassador; 2004 presidential contender (Chicago, IL)
1953: Kathie Lee Gifford, TV personality/singer (Paris, France)
1954: James Cameron, director (Kapuskasiny, Ontario, Canada)
1958: Angela Bassett, actress (New York, NY). Madonna (Ciccone), singer/actress (Bay City, MI)
1960: Timothy Hutton, actor (Malibu, CA). Laura Innes, actress (Pontiac, MI)


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