Events - August 16
1829 - The first Siamese twins brought to the United States arrived in Boston, MA. Chang and Eng (Bunker) were 18 years old when they arrived from their homeland of Banesau, Siam. The twins were joined at the waist.
1896 - There’s gold in them thar hills! This is the day that Skookum Jim, Dawson Charlie and George Carmack found gold in Rabbit Creek, a tributary of the Klondike River -- leading to the famous Klondike Gold Rush.
1906 - The earth was a rockin’ and a rollin’ as earthquakes hit in San Francisco in April and on this day in Valparaiso, Chile, also on the Pacific coast. Valparaiso, no stranger to disaster (the Dutch destroyed it in 1600, the Spanish in 1866, the Chilean civil war in 1891, earthquakes in 1731, 1822, 1839, 1873), was once more devastated by an earthquake. This one struck after a night of unusually violent thunderstorms. It destroyed two thirds of the city, the coastline was raised three feet, and 1,500 died.
1922 - Radio station WEAF (now WFAN) began broadcasting from new studios atop the Western Electric Building in New York City. The station would later be named WNBC, then WABC, then.. oh, never mind...
1930 - The first British Empire Games were held at Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The event is now called the Commonwealth Games.
1939 - "Lights Out", radio’s “ultimate horror show,” was heard for the last time on NBC Radio. In 1942, Arch Obler brought the show back to life on CBS Radio. The show’s most familiar trademark, guaranteed to put you under the covers on a dark night was “Lights out everybody!”, followed by 12 chimes of a clock.
1939 - The famous vaudeville house, Hippodrome, in New York City, was used for the last time. There were several places called the Hippodrome around the country. They weren’t, generally, theatres, nor true nightclubs. Hippodromes were designed for the wide variety of vaudeville acts available at the time ... dancing, music, comedy and skits.
1940 - "Marching Along Together", by Frankie Masters and his orchestra, was recorded for Okeh Records.
1954 - Comedian Jack Paar replaced Walter Cronkite as host of "The Morning Show" on CBS-TV. Cronkite came back as host in October,
1955, when Paar didn’t pan out. Television found Paar’s forte three years later as the host of "The Tonight Show".
1954 - The first issue of "Sports Illustrated" was published. No, it wasn’t the famous swimsuit edition, and you didn’t win a telephone, radio or sports books with your paid subscription. "SI" proudly boasted that more than 250,000 subscribers had signed up for the magazine before the first issue rolled off the presses. The first cover of "Sports Illustrated" showed National League umpire, Augie Donatelli, behind the plate with two major-league stars: catcher Wes Westrum, and batter Eddie Matthews.
1960 - A world record for a successful free fall was set by Colonel Joseph W. Kittinger Jr. What Kittinger did was quite amazing. He dropped from an altitude of 102,800 feet, more than 19 miles, before opening his parachute -- at 17,500 feet -- over New Mexico.
1962 - Brian Epstein, manager of The Beatles, handed drummer Pete Best his walking papers. Best had been with the group for 2-1/2 years. Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) was picked to take his place. One month later, the group recorded, "Love Me Do".
1977 - Elvis Presley was rushed from Graceland to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Doctors’ efforts to revive him were fruitless and he was pronounced dead (coronary arrhythmia) at 3:30 p.m. He was 42 years old. Thousands of mourning fans kept a vigil outside Graceland, the home of the King of Rock and Roll, for three days before his burial. Thousands more lined the streets of Presley's hometown on the day of his funeral. The city, the nation, the music world and fans from around the world were in shock over his passing. Even to this day, some say that Elvis didn't die -- he just wanted to get away from it all. Fans from all over have reported sightings of Elvis, from a hamburger joint in Kalamazoo, MI, to California. Presley is buried at Graceland, now a major tourist attraction.
1984 - The U.S. Jaycees voted to admit women to full membership in the organization.
1987 - Thousands of people prayed and meditated for universal peace, as the much publicized Harmonic Convergence, the exact alignment of planets in the solar system, happened. Ancient prophecies were to come true, along with some alien visits.
1996 - "The Fan", from TriStar Pictures, opened in the U.S. The flick, about a very deadly game, starred Robert De Niro, Wesley Snipes, Ellen Barkin, John Leguizamo, Benicio Del Toro, and Patti D’arbanville Quinn. And, for those of you who like a little more intensity in your movies, Universal’s "Tales from the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood" also opened this day, with Dennis Miller, Erika Eleniak, Angie Everhart, Chris Sarandon, Corey Feldman and John Kassir. As you might expect, it was crammed with violence, gore, sexuality, nudity and strong language.
1999 - Vladimir Putin won confirmation (by the Russian parliament) as Russia’s fifth prime minister since early 1998. He had been appointed by Boris Yeltsin on Aug 9.
Birthdays - August 16
1862 - Amos Alonzo Stagg (Basketball Hall of Famer: Yale University, Springfield College; coach: University of Chicago; football: Yale: 1st all-American team; coach: developed wing-back principle, quick kick, onside kick, double flankers, pass-run option play, man in motion; College of the Pacific: Susquehanna, Stockton Junior College; died Mar 17, 1965)
1868 - Bernarr Macfadden (Bernard Adolphus McFadden) (physical fitness/exercise advocate: founded Coney Island Polar Bears ; publisher: Physical Culture Magazine, True Story Magazine, True Romances, True Detective Mysteries Magazine, Photoplay; author: Macfadden’s Encyclopedia of Physical Culture, Physical Training, Fasting, Hydropathy, and Exercise, Virile Powers of Superb Manhood, How to Raise a Strong Baby, Colds, Coughs, and Catarrh, Talks to a Young Man about Sex, Be Married and like It, [close to 150 books]; hotel magnate; founded Bernarr Macfadden Institute; died Oct 12, 1955)
1894 - George Meany (labor leader: president of American Federation of Labor [1952-1979]; merged the AFL with Congress of Industrial Organizations [CIO]; died Jan 10, 1980)
1913 - Menachem Begin (6th Prime Minister of Israel: signed peace treaty w/Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat ; died Mar 9, 1992)
1922 - Gene (Eugene Richard) Woodling (baseball: Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, NY Yankees [World Series: 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953], Baltimore Orioles [all-star: 1959], Washington Senators, NY Mets; died June 2, 2001)
1924 - Fess Parker (actor: Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, Westward, Ho the Wagons!; singer: The Ballad of Davy Crockett, Wringle Wrangle; died Mar 18, 2010)
1928 - Ann (Marie) Blyth (actress: The Merry Monahans, The Helen Morgan Story, Rose Marie, Kismet, The Student Prince, The Great Caruso, The Buster Keaton Story)
1928 - Eydie Gorme (Edith Gormezano) (Grammy Award-winning singer: Blame It on The Bossa Nova ; Too Close for Comfort, Love Me Forever, I’ll Take Romance, Tea for Two, You Need Hands, I Want to Stay Here [w/Steve Lawrence]; married since 1957 to Steve Lawrence; died Aug 10, 2013)
1930 - Robert Culp (actor: I Spy, Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice, The Pelican Brief, The Greatest American Hero; died Mar 24, 2010)
1930 - Frank Gifford (College/Pro Football Hall of Famer: USC, New York Giants; broadcaster: Monday Night Football; husband of Kathie Lee Gifford; died Aug 9, 2015)
1930 - Tony Trabert (tennis champion: French Open [1954,55], Wimbledon , U.S. Open [1953, 55])
1933 - Julie Newmar (Newmeyer) (actress: Batman, My Living Doll, Deep Space, Li’L Abner, MacKenna’s Gold, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers)
1934 - Ketty Lester (Revoyda Frierson) (singer: Love Letters; actress: Up Tight!, Uptown Saturday Night, Morningstar/Eveningstar, Street Knight, Getting Personal)
1936 - Anita Gillette (Luebben) (actress: Quincy, Moonstruck, Marathon, Boys on the Side)
1939 - Carole Shelley (actress: The Elephant Man, The Odd Couple)
1942 - Barbara George (singer: I Know [You Don’t Love Me No More])
1943 - Woody Peoples (football: Philadelphia Eagles guard: Super Bowl XV; died Oct 12, 2010)
1945 - Bob Balaban (actor: The Late Shift, For Love or Money, Alice, Whose Life is It Anyway?, Absence of Malice, Altered States, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Little Man Tate, Midnight Cowboy)
1945 - Suzanne Farrell (Ficker) (ballerina)
1946 - Lesley Ann Warren (actress: Cinderella, Victor/Victoria, Clue, Color of Night, Portrait of a Showgirl, Portrait of a Stripper)
1948 - Mike Jorgensen (baseball: NY Mets, Montreal Expos, Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves, SL Cardinals [World Series: 1985])
1952 - Al (Alfred Willis) Holland (baseball: pitcher: Pittsburgh Pirates, SF Giants, Philadelphia Phillies [World Series: 1983/all-star: 1984], California Angels, NY Yankees)
1952 - Reginald VelJohnson (actor: Die Hard series, Ghostbusters, Family Matters)
1953 - Kathie Lee Gifford (Kathryn Lee Epstein) (talk show host: Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee; singer; married to Frank Gifford)
1953 - James ‘J.T.’ Taylor (singer: group: Kool and The Gang: Celebration)
1954 - James Cameron (director: Titanic, The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Aliens, The Abyss, True Lies, True Lies 2)
1958 - Angela Bassett (actress: Waiting to Exhale, FX, What’s Love Got to Do with It?, Malcolm X, Boyz N the Hood)
1958 - Madonna (Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone) (singer: Material Girl, Like a Virgin; actress: Dick Tracy, Desperately Seeking Susan, Shanghai Surprise, A League of Their Own)
1960 - Timothy Hutton (actor: Taps, Made in Heaven, Ordinary People, The Dark Half, The Temp, Q&A)
1961 - Christian Okoye (football: Kansas City Chiefs running back: UP’s AFL offensive player of the year )
Chart Toppers - August 16
Too Young - Nat King Cole
Come on-a My House - Rosemary Clooney
My Truly, Truly Fair - Guy Mitchell
Hey, Good Lookin’ - Hank Williams
A Big Hunk o’ Love - Elvis Presley
My Heart is an Open Book - Carl Dobkins, Jr.
There Goes My Baby - The Drifters
Waterloo - Stonewall Jackson
Light My Fire - The Doors
All You Need is Love - The Beatles
Pleasant Valley Sunday - The Monkees
I’ll Never Find Another You - Sonny James
Jive Talkin’ - Bee Gees
One of These Nights - Eagles
Someone Saved My Life Tonight - Elton John
Wasted Days and Wasted Nights - Freddy Fender
Every Breath You Take - The Police
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics
She Works Hard for the Money - Donna Summer
He’s a Heartache (Looking for a Place to Happen) - Janie Fricke
(Everything I Do) I Do It for You - Bryan Adams
P.A.S.S.I.O.N. - Rythm Syndicate
Every Heartbeat - Amy Grant
She’s in Love with the Boy - Trisha Yearwood
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they‘d never end...
Written and edited by Carol Williams and John Williams
Produced by John Williams
Those Were the Days, the Today in History feature
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