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16th August


1819 The Peterloo Massacre occurred at St. Peter's Field, Manchester with 11 people killed.

1896 Prospectors found gold in Alaska, a discovery that set off the Klondike gold rush.

1897 The Tate Gallery opened in London.

1913 * Menachem Begin, Israeli Prime Minister from 1977-1983.

1939 * Trevor McDonald, English newscaster and TV presenter.

1948 US Baseball legend Babe Ruth died in New York City at age 53.

1950 * Jeff Thompson, Australian test cricketer who took over 200 Test wickets.

1952 Twelve bodies were recovered and 24 people missing feared dead in the flood which swept through Lynmouth in north Devon.

1958 * Madonna (Louise Veronica Ciccone), US pop singer.

1960 The island of Cyprus became an independent republic.

1962 Algeria was admitted to the Arab League.

1977 US rock legend Elvis Presley died at his mansion Gracelands of a heart attack at age 42.

1984 Former car maker John DeLorean was cleared of all charges against him at his trial for drug trafficking in Los Angeles.

2001 Paul Burrell, former butler to Princess Diana was charged with stealing hundreds of items from the Wales household.

2003 The notorious former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin died in exile in a Saudi Arabian hospital.

2004 Flash floods devastated Boscastle, a north Cornwall coastal village after the area's average August rainfall fell in just two hours.


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