August 16


1812 – American General William Hull surrendered Michigan and Fort Detroit to the British Army without a fight during the War of 1812.

1842 – In New York City, NY, the U.S. government took over operations of the City Despatch Post. It became the first congressionally authorized local postal delivery.

1858 – A telegraphed message from Britain’s Queen Victoria to U.S. President James Buchanan was transmitted over a recently laid trans-Atlantic cable. A weak signal forced a shutdown of the service in a few weeks.

1861 – President Abraham Lincoln prohibited the Union states from trading with the Confederate states.

1923 – The eight hour workday started at Carnegie Steel Corporation.

1930 – The first color sound cartoon, Called “Fiddlesticks”, was made by Ub Iwerks.

1954 – The first issue of “Sports Illustrated” was published by Time, Inc.

1960 – Joseph Kittinger parachuted from a balloon over New Mexico at 102,800 feet, setting three records that held until 2012: High-altitude jump, free fall, and highest speed by a human without an aircraft.

1962 – Pete Best was discharged from the Beatles, to be replaced two days later by Ringo Starr.

1977 – Elvis Presley died of heart failure at the age of 42 at his Graceland Mansion in Memphis, TN. His girlfriend Ginger Alden discovered his body on a bathroom floor. An autopsy found 14 drugs in his system.

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

1987 – Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashed after take off in Detroit, MI, killing 154 people on board and two people on the ground. The only survivor was a 4 year old girl.

1999 – The game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”, with host Regis Philbin, debuted on TV.

2005 – Madonna starts out celebrating her 47th birthday riding a horse at her British estate. She was thrown from the horse and ended up in the hospital with three cracked ribs, a broken collarbone and a broken hand.

2008 – The Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, IL, was topped off at 1,389 feet, at the time becoming the world’s highest residence above ground level.



Julie Newmar 1933 – Actress (Played Catwoman on TV’s “Batman”, movie “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar”)

Ketty Lester 1934 – Singer, actress (“Love Letters,” TV’s “Little House on the Prairie”, “Getting Personal”, movies “Blacula”, “Uptown Saturday Night”)

Bob Balaban 1945 – Actor (“Gosford Park”, “Deconstructing Harry”, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”)

Lesley Ann Warren 1946 – Actress (“The Happiest Millionaire”, “Victor Victoria”, “Clue”, “Color of Night”, TV’s “Mission: Impossible”, “Desperate Housewives”, “Will & Grace”)

Reginald VelJohnson 1952 – Actor (“Die Hard”, TV’s “Family Matters”)

Kathie Lee Gifford 1953 – Television host (“Today”, “Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee”)

James “J.T.” Taylor 1953 – Singer (Kool and The Gang)

James Cameron 1954 – Director (“Titanic”, “Avatar”, “True Lies”, “The Abyss”, “Aliens”, “The Terminator”, “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”)

Tim Farriss 1957 – Musician (INXS)

Laura Innes 1957 – Actress (Played Dr. Kerry Weaver on TV’s “ER”, “The Event”)

Angela Bassett 1958 – Actress (“What’s Love Got to Do With It?”, “Sunshine State”, “How Stella Got Her Groove Back”, “Waiting to Exhale”)

Madonna 1958 – Singer (She was born in Bay City, MI)

Timothy Hutton 1960 – Actor (“Ordinary People”, “The Ghost Writer”, “The General’s Daughter”, “The Falcon & the Snowman”, “Taps”)

Steve Carell 1962 – Actor (TV’s “The Office”, movies “Foxcatcher”, “Crazy Stupid Love”, “Date Night”, “Get Smart”, “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”, “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”)

Donovan Leitch 1967 – Actor (“Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo”, “The In Crowd”, “…And God Created Woman”, “The Blob”)

Andy Milder 1969 – Actor (“Apollo 13”, “Armageddon”, “Rumor Has It…”, “Frost/Nixon”, “Transformers”, TV’s “Fame”, “L.A.”, “Weeds”)

Emily Robison 1972 – Singer, musician, songwriter (The Dixie Chicks, Court Yard Hounds)

George Stults 1975 – Actor (TV’s “7th Heaven”)



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