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August 16th

1812 British forces foiled plans for a U.S. invasion of Canada by capturing the city of Detroit.
1896 The North Country gold rush began with the discovery of gold in the Klondike region of Canada's Yukon Territory.
1939 New York's famous vaudeville house, the Hippodrome, closed after 34 years.
1948 Baseball legend Babe Ruth died in New York of cancer at age 53.
1977 Elvis Presley, the king of rock 'n' roll, died of heart failure at his home in Memphis at age 42.
1987 A Northwest Airlines jet bound for Phoenix crashed on takeoff from Detroit Metropolitan Airport, killing 156 people. A 4-year-old girl was the sole survivor.
1990 U.S. naval forces were ordered to prevent ships from reaching or leaving the ports of Iraq and Iraqi-occupied Kuwait.
2004 As many as seven helicopters were pressed into service to rescue hundreds of flood victims stranded on roof and car tops near Cornwall, England. Rescue workers called the situation horrendous.
2005 A magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit northern Japan triggering a tsunami alert along the Pacific coast.
2006 Authorities in Bangkok, Thailand, arrested American John Mark Karr for the widely publicized 1996 slaying of JonBenet Ramsey, a 6-year-old beauty queen from Boulder, Colo. Karr publicly confessed but said it was an accident. He was later cleared of any involvement.
2006 Flooding in Ethiopia, which already had killed hundreds and stranded thousands, spread across the country as more rivers burst through their banks.
2007 Jose Padilla, accused of plotting to explode a dirty bomb in the United States, was convicted by a federal jury of conspiracy to commit terror and giving material support to al-Qaida.
2008 Ukraine said it wanted to join other European nations to establish a ballistic missile shield defense system. However, the report didn't specify whether the country was referring to the same missile shield being developed by the United States, Poland and the Czech Republic.
2008 Military officials said at least 33 people, including eight civilians, died in a coalition airstrike in southern Afghanistan. The civilians reportedly were being held hostage at a military compound.