TODAY IN HISTORY - 8/16:

1812 - British forces under the command of Major-General Sir Isaac Brock capture Fort Detroit with the help of Indigenous warriors led by Tecumseh
1894 - Indian chiefs from the Sioux & Onondaga tribes met to urge their people to renounce Christianity & return to their old Indian faith
1904 - NYC begins building Grand Central Station
1987 - Northwest Airlines 255 plane crashes in Detroit, 156 die

HAPPY BIRTHDAY / ANNIVERSARY TO:

1930 - Frank Gifford, California, NFL halfback (NY Giants)/ABC sportscaster
1946 - Lesley Ann Warren, NYC, actress (Cinderella, Mission Impossible)
1958 - Madonna, [Ciccone], Bay City Michigan, singer/actress (Like a Virgin)
1983 - musician Paul Simon weds actress and writer Carrie Fisher
1985 - Singer Madonna weds actor Sean Penn on her 27th birthday
1992 - Comedian Janeane Garofalo (27) weds writer Robert Cohen in Las Vegas
2008 - "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" talk show host Ellen DeGeneres (54) weds actress Portia de Rossi (39) in Beverly Hills, California

GOODBYE TO:

1948 - Babe Ruth, Baseball legend (NY Yankees), dies in NY at 53
1949 - Margaret Mitchell, US writer (Gone With the Wind), dies at 48
1977 - Elvis Presley, American musician, dies at Graceland at 42. Official cause of death is cardiac arrhythmia


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