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Today in History: August 16

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Today in History
August 16

1513   Henry VIII of England and Emperor Maximilian defeat the French at Guinegate, France, in the Battle of the Spurs.
1780   American troops are badly defeated by the British at the Battle of Camden, South Carolina.
1812   American General William Hull surrenders Detroit without resistance to a smaller British force under General Issac Brock.
1858   U.S. President James Buchanan and Britain’s Queen Victoria exchange messages inaugurating the first transatlantic telegraph line.
1861   Union and Confederate forces clash near Fredericktown and Kirkville, Missouri.
1863   Union General William S. Rosecrans moves his army south from Tullahoma, Tennessee to attack Confederate forces in Chattanooga.
1896   Gold is discovered in the Klondike of Canada’s Yukon Territory, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush.
1914   Liege, Belgium, falls to the German army.
1942   The two-person crew of the L-8, a U.S. Navy blimp, disappears without a trace on a routine anti-submarine patrol over the Pacific Ocean. The blimp drifts without her crew and crash-lands in Daly City, California.  

Read “The Mystery of the Ghost Blimp,” published in Aviation History magazine, at http://www.historynet.com/mystery-of-the-ghost-blimp.htm. [From MHQ—The Quarterly Journal of Military History]

1945   Lieutenant General Jonathan Wainwright, who was taken prisoner by the Japanese on Corregidor on May 6, 1942, is released from a POW camp in Manchuria by U.S. troops.
1984   The safe of the sunken ocean liner Andrea Doria is opened on TV after three decades, revealing cash and certificates but no other valuables.
1990   Iraq orders 2,500 Americans and 4,000 British nationals in Kuwait to Iraq, in the aftermath of Iraq’s invasion of that country.
Born on August 16
1645   Jean de la Bruyere, French writer and moralist famous for his work Characters of Theophrastus.
1868   Bernard McFadden, publisher responsible for the magazine True Story.
1913   Menachem Begin, Israeli statesman and Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
1920   Charles Bukowski, poet and novelist.
1929   Bill Evans, jazz pianist.
1930   Ted Hughes, English poet.
1940   Bruce Beresford, Australian film director whose films include Breaker Morant and Driving Miss Daisy.
1945   Suzanne Farrel, ballerina.
1958   Madonna [Louise Veronica Ciccone], entertainer and singer.
1960   Timothy Hutton, youngest actor ever to receive an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor (Ordinary People).
1962   Steve Carell, actor and comedian (The Daily Show with John Stewart, The Office, Evan Almighty).
1967   Ulrika Jonsson, Swedish-born actress, model and UK television personality.
1972   Emily Robison, singer, musician, songwriter, member of the bestselling Country group Dixie Chicks.