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Calendar for August 16th, 2014

Bennington Battle Day (Vt.)

In 1777 British general John Burgoyne sent 700 men to Bennington, Vermont, where 2,600 colonial troops were guarding a storehouse containing war supplies. American general John Stark met the British; killed their commander, Lieutenant Colonel Friedrich Baum; and killed or imprisoned nearly all the British soldiers. The Bennington battle led to the British surrender at Saratoga, New York, in October.


  • 1780: The Battle of Camden fought in South Carolina

  • 1820s

  • 1829: Siamese twins arrived in Boston, Massachusetts, to start U.S. tour

  • 1840s

  • 1841: U.S. President John Tyler vetoed a bill calling for the re-establishment of the Second Bank of the United States

  • Born 1845: Gabriel Lippmann (physicist)

  • 1850s

  • 1858: U.S. President James Buchanan and Queen Victoria exchanged greetings by telegraph to celebrate the laying of the transatlantic cable

  • 1860s

  • 1861: Trade between Union and Confederate states prohibited

  • 1890s

  • Died 1899: Robert Wilhelm Bunsen (chemist)

  • 1910s

  • Born 1913: Menachem Begin (Prime Minister of Israel)

  • 1916: U.S./Canadian Migratory Bird Treaty signed

  • 1919: In a pool at Manhattan Beach, New York, Ethelda Bleibtrey swam against Fanny Durack of Australia, winning the race and a place on the United States Olympic team for the 1920 Summer Games in Antwerp, Belgium. She and her teammates were the first American women to swim in the Olympics.

  • 1940s

  • Born 1946: Lesley Ann Warren (actress)

  • Died 1948: Babe Ruth (baseball player)

  • Died 1949: Margaret Mitchell (author)

  • 1950s

  • 1951: First Delaware Memorial bridge opened

  • 1954: Volume 1, Issue 1 of Sports Illustrated published

  • Born 1958: Madonna (singer)

  • Born 1958: Angela Bassett (actress)

  • 1960s

  • Born 1960: Timothy Hutton (actor)

  • Born 1963: Steve Carell (actor)

  • 1970s

  • Died 1977: Elvis Presley (singer & actor)

  • 1980s

  • Born 1980: Vanessa Carlton (singer)

  • 1982: Northern hogsucker weighed in at one pound fifteen ounces, making Minnesota state fishing record

  • 1990s

  • Born 1991: Evanna Lynch (actress; plays Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter films)

  • Died 1998: Phil Leeds (actor)

  • 2010s

  • Died 2015: Emma Didlake (oldest known U.S. veteran at the time of death; she was 110)

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