This day in history

Friday, Aug. 16, is the 228th day of 2013. There are 137 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Ann Blyth is 85. Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford is 83. Actress Julie Newmar is 80. College Football Hall of Famer Bill Glass is 78. Actress Anita Gillette is 77. Country singer Billy Joe Shaver is 74. Director Bruce Beresford is 73. Actor Bob Balaban is 68. Actress Lesley Ann Warren is 67. TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford is 60. Director James Cameron is 59. Singer Madonna is 55. Actress Angela Bassett is 55. Actor Timothy Hutton is 53. Actor Steve Carell is 51. Country singer Emily Robison (The Dixie Chicks) is 41.

In 1777, American forces won the Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington.


In 1812, Detroit fell to British and Indian forces in the War of 1812.

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In 1948, baseball legend Babe Ruth died in New York at age 53.

In 1954, Sports Illustrated was first published.

In 1956, Adlai E. Stevenson was nominated for president at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

In 1962, The Beatles fired their original drummer, Pete Best, replacing him with Ringo Starr.


In 1977, Elvis Presley died at his Graceland estate in Memphis, at age 42.