On this day

In 2008, The Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago was topped off at 1 389 feet (423 m), at the time it became the highest residential building in the world above ground-level. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day: What happened on 16 August?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day

In 2008, The Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago was topped off at 1 389 feet (423 m), at the time it became the highest residential building in the world above ground-level. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 16 August, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 16 AUGUST

2012 | South African police shot dead 34 miners and injured 78 others during an industrial dispute in Marikana near Rustenburg.

1924 | The first radio license in South Africa was issued to Dr. J. van Rensburg of Carnarvon. 

2015 |  More than 96 people were killed and hundreds were injured following a series of airstrikes carried out by the Syrian Air Force in the rebel-held market town of Douma.

2015 | Trigana Air Flight 267, an ATR 42, crashed in Oksibl, Pegunungan Bintang, all 54 people were killed on board.

2008 | The Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago was topped off at 1 389 feet (423 m), at the time it became the highest residential building in the world above sea level.

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BIRTHDAYS

1953 | American talk show host, singer, and actress, Kathie Lee Gifford.

1975 | Uruguayan cyclist, Álvaro Tardáguila.

1973 | American baseball player, Damian Jackson.

1934 | French actor, director, and screenwriter, Pierre Richard.

1939 | Trinidadian-English journalist and academic, Trevor McDonald.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2003 | Former Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin, 78. 

2004 | Sri Lankan journalist and poet, Balanadarajah Iyer, 47.

1983 | American baseball player, Earl Averill, 81.

2015 | Mexican-American physicist, astronomer, and academic, Jacob Bekenstein, 68.

2005 | Swiss monk and mystic, Frère Roger, 90.

SPORTS

2006 | On this day, Steve McClaren took charge of his first match as England manager for the friendly match against Greece at Old Trafford which England won 4-0.

ENTERTAINMENT 

2016 | “A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits” was released on this day in the United States for the first time. 

AFRICA FACT

Three major West African rivers rise in Guinea: Gambia, Niger, and Sénégal.