History of 16 August

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History of 16 August

1923 – Carnegie Steel corporation put into place the eight-hour workday for its employees.

1930 – The first British Empire Games were held at Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The event is now called the British Commonwealth Games.

1937 – Harvard University became the first school to have graduate courses in traffic engineering and administration.

1954 – Sports Illustrated was published for the first time. It was claimed that 250,000 subscriptions had been sold before the first issue came off of the presses.

1954 – Jack Paar replaced Walter Cronkite as host of “The Morning Show” on CBS-TV.

1960 – Cyprus was granted independence by Britain.

1960 – The free-fall world record was set by Joseph Kittinger. He fell more than 16 miles (about 84,000 feet) before opening his parachute over New Mexico.

1978 – Xerox was fined for excluding Smith-Corona Mfg. from the copier market. The fine was $25.6 million.

1984 – The U.S. Jaycees voted to admit women to full membership in the organization.

1995 – Voters in Bermuda rejected independence from Great Britain.

1999 – In Russia, Vladimir V. Putin was confirmed as prime minister by the lower house of parliament.

2005 – West Caribbean Airways Flight 708, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82, crashes in Machiques, Venezuela, killing all 160 people on board.

2008 – The Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago is topped off at 1,389 feet (423 m), at the time becoming the world’s highest residence above ground-level.

2012 – South African police fatally shoot 34 miners and wound 78 more during an industrial dispute at Marikana near Rustenburg.

2013 – The ferry St. Thomas Aquinas collides with a cargo ship and sinks at Cebu, Philippines, killing 61 people with 59 others missing.

2015 – More than 96 people are killed and hundreds injured following a series of air-raids by the Syrian Arab Air Force on the rebel-held market town of Douma.

2015 – Trigana Air Flight 267, an ATR 42, crashes in Oksibl, Pegunungan Bintang, killing all 54 people on board.

2017 – The Minamata Convention on Mercury enters in force.

Celebrating Birthday Today

  • 1981 – Roque Santa Cruz, Paraguayan footballer
  • 1982 – Joleon Lescott, English footballer
  • 1983 – Nikolaos Zisis, Greek basketball player
  • 1984 – Matteo Anesi, Italian speed skater
  • 1984 – Didier Cuche, Swiss skier
  • 1984 – Candice Dupree, American basketball player
  • 1984 – Konstantin Vassiljev, Estonian footballer
  • 1985 – Cristin Milioti, American actress
  • 1986 – Yu Darvish, Japanese baseball player
  • 1987 – Carey Price, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1987 – Eri Kitamura, Japanese voice actress, and singer.
  • 1988 – Ismaïl Aissati, Moroccan footballer
  • 1989 – Wang Hao, Chinese race walker
  • 1989 – Moussa Sissoko, French footballer
  • 1990 – Godfrey Oboabona, Nigerian footballer
  • 1991 – José Eduardo de Araújo, Brazilian footballer
  • 1992 – Diego Schwartzman, an Argentinian tennis player
  • 1993 – Cameron Monaghan, American actor, and model
  • 1996 – Caeleb Dressel, American swimmer
  • 1997 – Greyson Chance, American musician
  • 1999 – Karen Chen, American figure skater

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