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August 16


1777   British forces are defeated by American troops in the Battle of Bennington.

1930   The first color cartoon with sound is made. It's called Fiddlesticks.

1960   Joseph Kittinger parachutes from 102,800 feet. He sets three records: high-altitude jump, free-fall, and fastest speed by a human without an aircraft.

1977   Elvis Presley dies at the age of 42.

Famous Birthdays:

1913   Menachem Begin (Prime Minister of Israel)

1953   Kathy Lee Gifford (TV host)

1954   James Cameron (Director of Titanic and Avatar)

1958   Madonna (Singer)

1960   Timothy Hutton (Actor)

1962   Steve Carell (Actor)

1980   Vanessa Carlton (Singer)

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