There’s three sides to every story: there’s the history you were taught in school, the history the revisionist dig up and the truth.
Wednesday August 16th
1745: Jacobite Rising (1745-46) begins.
1789: Amos Kendall (COMP 1789-1869) Democratic newspaper publisher, members of Jackson’s “Kitchen Cabinet,” Postmaster General (1835-40), investor in Samuel Morse’s telegraph.
1802: Isaac Adams (TRAN 1802-1883) Adams power press (1827).
1812: General William Hull surrenders Detroit to the British without firing a shot.
1861: Abraham Lincoln prohibits trade between the United States and the Confederacy.
1884: Hugo Gernsback (LOST 1884-1967) inventor/magazine publisher who was a popularizer of early radio technology and the Father of Science Fiction.
1888: T. E. Lawrence (LOST 1888-1935) British army officer/archaeologist known as Lawrence of Arabia.
1892: Hal Foster (LOST 1892-1982) Canadian-American comic strip artist Prince Valiant.
1896: Klondike Gold Rush (1896-98) begins.
1898: The loop-de-loop Roller Coaster is patented by Edwin Prescott.
1911: E. F. Schumacher (GI 1911-77) German economist Small Is Beautiful (1973), A Guide For The Perplexed (1977).
1913: Menachem Begin (GI 1913-1992) Prime Minister of Israel (1977-83) who shared the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize with Anwar Sadat.
1924: Fess Parker (GI 1924-2010) actor Davy Crockett (1955), The Great Locomotive Chase (1956), Old Yeller (1957), Daniel Boone (1964-70).
1925: Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush is released.
1929: Western Wall Uprising.
1930: The first color sound cartoon, Fiddlesticks, created by Ub Iwerks, is released by MGM.
1933: Julie Newmar (SIL 1933- ) actress Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), Li’l Abner (1959), My Living Doll (1964–1965), Batman (1966-1967).
1934: William Beebe descended 3,028 feet in his bathysphere into the ocean near Bermuda.
1939: New York City’s Hippodrome Theater closes.
1943: Białystok (Poland) Ghetto Uprising.
1946: Great Calcutta Riot.
1953: Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi removes Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq.
1954: Sports Illustrated is published.
1954: James Cameron (BOOM 1954- ) filmmaker The Terminator (1984), Rambo (1985), Aliens (1985), Last Action Hero (1993), Titanic (1997).
1957: Buddy Holly and the Crickets play the Apollo (Aug 16-22).
1958: Madonna (BOOM 1958- ) singer/actress Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), Dick Tracy (1990), A League of Their Own (1992), Evita (1996).
1960: Timothy Hutton (BOOM 1960- ) actor Taps (1981), The Good Shepherd (2006), The Last Mimzy (2007), Leverage (2008-12).
1962: Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as drummer for The Beatles.
1963: Buddhists begin protest across South Vietnam against President Ngo Dinh Diem.
1977: Elvis Presley dies at the Graceland Mansion.
1995: The Usual Suspects is released directed by Bryan Singer.
2007: Wired magazine breaks the news that Washington politicians the CIA and FBI have been editing Wikipedia entries.
2013: The Butler is released directed by Lee Daniels, starring Forest Whitaker.