On This Day In History, 16 August

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World Events Today

  • The first official transatlantic telegram was sent today in 1858, it was from Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom to James Buchanan, the President of the United States
  • The Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago topped-out, the last concrete was poured, today in 2008
  • The Blue Cut Fire, a wildfire in California, broke out today in 2016, 37,000 acres were burned and over 100 homes were destroyed during the week-long fire

Entertainment Events Today

  • Ringo Starr replaced Pete Best as the drummer of the British rock band the Beatles, today in 1962
  • The English singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel left the British rock bank Genesis today in 1975
  • The British driver Nigel Mansell finished 2nd in the Hungarian Grand Prix today in 1992, it was enough for him to clinch the Drivers’ Championship that year

Family Events Today

  • Elvis Aaron Presley, better known more simply as the American singer and actor Elvis, the “King of Rock and Roll”, died today in 1977 aged 42
  • The American Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth died today in 1948 aged 53
  • Madonna Louise Ciccone, better known more simply as the American singer-songwriter and actress Madonna, “The Queen of Pop”, was born today in 1958 in Michigan

Main Event Today

  • The Commonwealth Games were held for the first time today in 1930, they opened as the British Empire Games, in Ontario, Canada

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Rum Day

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