Today in History for 16th August 2018

Historical Events

1922 – ATandT radio station WBAY becomes WEAF (NYC)
1944 – US 15th Army corp reaches Eure, surrounds Dreux
1989 – A solar flare from the Sun creates a geomagnetic storm that affects micro chips, leading to a halt of all trading on Toronto’s stock market.
1991 – US President George H. W. Bush declares recession is near an end
1993 – South Africa relinquishes sovereignty over Walvis Bay
2009 – 12th Athletics World Championships: Usain Bolt wins 100m

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Famous Birthdays

1858 – Arthur Achleitner, German writer, born in Straubing, Germany (d. 1927)
1892 – Otto Messmer, American cartoonist (Felix the Cat), born in Union City, New Jersey (d. 1983)
1933 – Julie Newmar, actress (Catwoman-Batman, Living Doll), born in Hollywood, California
1954 – James Cameron, Canadian film director and writer (Titanic, Avatar), born in Kapuskasing, Ontario
1961 – Christian Okoye, American football player
1979 – Michael Stahlman, American rower and coach

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Famous Deaths

1675 – Bogdan Chmilnicki, cosack leader/murderer of 300,000 Jews, dies
1870 – Ludvig Anton Edmund Passy, composer, dies at 80
1973 – Selman A Waksman, Russian/US microbiology (Nobel 1952), dies at 85
1986 – John Hurley, song writer (Son of a Preacher Man), dies at 45
1997 – Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistani musician (b. 1948)
2006 – Alfredo Stroessner, President of Paraguay (b. 1912)

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