Monumental Moments in History on August 16

Battle of Bennington

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– In 1777, American forces won the Battle of Bennington during the American Revolutionary War. This was a crucial victory that helped secure much-needed supplies for the colonial troops.

Fall of Detroit in War of 1812

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In 1812, Detroit fell to British and Native forces during the conflict between the US and Britain.

Peterloo Massacre in England

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In 1819, cavalry killed and injured protesters demanding reform in Manchester, now known as the Peterloo Massacre.

Klondike Gold Rush Begins

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In 1819, cavalry killed and injured protesters demanding reform in Manchester, now known as the Peterloo Massacre.

Ray Chapman Dies from Pitch

05

In 1920, MLB player Ray Chapman died after being struck in the head by a Yankees pitcher's ball.

Babe Ruth Dies at Age 53

06

In 1948, legendary baseball player Babe Ruth passed away from cancer in New York City.

Ringo Starr Joins the Beatles

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Drummer Ringo Starr replaced Pete Best in 1962 to complete the Fab Four lineup of the Beatles.

Elvis Presley Dies at Age 42

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The King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, died at his Graceland mansion in 1977 at the age of 42.