August 16 in History
|August 16th is…
National Airborne Day
Black Cat Appreciation Day
National Roller Coaster Day
National Tell a Joke Day
1858 – President James Buchanan inaugurated the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria in the United Kingdom.
1896 – Skookum Jim Mason, George Carmack and Dawson Charlie discovered gold in a tributary of the Klondike River in Canada, starting the Klondike Gold Rush.
1920 – Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians is hit on the head by a fastball thrown by Carl Mays of the New York Yankees, and died early the next day.
1927 – The Dole Air Race from Oakland, California, to Honolulu, Hawaii. Six participating planes crashed or disappeared, only two made it to Hawaii.
1930 – The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, was made by ex-Disney cartoonist Ub Iwerks. It appeared in the music video for Eminem’s song “The Real Slim Shady.” Ub went back to work for Disney in 1940.
1954 – The first issue of Sports Illustrated was published.
1985 – Madonna married actor Sean Penn.
#1 Hit August 16, 1986 – August 29, 1986: Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach
1989 – A solar flare from the Sun created a geomagnetic storm that affected micro chips, halting all trading on Toronto’s stock market.
1996 – At the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield Illinois, a 3-year-old boy fell into a Gorilla enclosure and lost consciousness. Binti Jua, a female Gorilla, guarded the young boy from the other gorillas, cradled him in her arms, and carried him 60 feet to an entrance where zookeepers could retrieve him.
2008 – The Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago reached 1,389 feet (423 m), making, at the time, the world’s highest residence above ground-level.