Today in History, English
Today in History, English

93121August 16Death2014 – Vsevolod Nestayko, Ukrainian author (b. 1930)
93122August 16Death2014 – Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, Italian-South African lawyer and politician (b. 1960)
93123August 16Death2014 – Peter Scholl-Latour, German journalist, author, and academic (b. 1924)
93124August 16Death2014 – Fernand St. Germain, American lawyer and politician (b. 1928)
93125August 16Death2015 – Jacob Bekenstein, Mexican-American physicist, astronomer, and academic (b. 1947)
93126August 16Death2015 – Sylvia Hitchcock, American model, Miss Universe 1967 (b. 1946)
93127August 16Death2015 – Anna Kashfi, Indian-American actress (b. 1934)
93128August 16Death2015 – Shuja Khanzada, Pakistani colonel and politician (b. 1943)
93129August 16Death2015 – Mile Mrkšić, Croatian general (b. 1947)
93130August 16Death2015 – Peter W. Schramm, Hungarian-American political scientist and academic (b. 1946)
93131August 16Holiday and observanceBennington Battle Day (Vermont, United States)
93132August 16Holiday and observanceChildren's Day (Paraguay)
93133August 16Holiday and observanceChristian feast day:RochSimplicianStephen I of HungaryTranslation of the Acheiropoietos icon from Edessa to Constantinople. (Eastern Orthodox Church)August 16 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
93134August 16Holiday and observanceGozan no Okuribi (Kyoto, Japan)
93135August 16Holiday and observanceNational Airborne Day (United States)
93136August 16Holiday and observanceRestoration Day (Dominican Republic)
93137August 16Holiday and observanceThe first day of the Independence Days, celebrates the independence of Gabon from France in 1960.
93138August 16Holiday and observanceXicolatada (Palau-de-Cerdagne, France)
93139August 17Event309/310 – Pope Eusebius is banished by the Emperor Maxentius to Sicily, where he dies, perhaps from a hunger strike.
93140August 17Event986 – Byzantine–Bulgarian wars: Battle of the Gates of Trajan: The Bulgarians under the Comitopuli Samuel and Aron defeat the Byzantine forces at the Gates of Trajan, with Byzantine Emperor Basil II barely escaping.
93141August 17Event1186 – Georgenberg Pact: Ottokar IV, Duke of Styria and Leopold V, Duke of Austria sign a heritage agreement in which Ottokar gives his duchy to Leopold and to his son Frederick under the stipulation that Austria and Styria would henceforth remain undivid
93142August 17Event1386 – Karl Topia, the ruler of Princedom of Albania forges an alliance with the Republic of Venice, committing to participate in all wars of the Republic and receiving coastal protection against the Ottomans in return.
93143August 17Event1424 – Hundred Years' War: Battle of Verneuil: An English force under John, Duke of Bedford defeats a larger French army under Jean II, Duke of Alençon, John Stewart, and Earl Archibald of Douglas.
93144August 17Event1498 – Cesare Borgia, son of Pope Alexander VI, becomes the first person in history to resign the cardinalate. On the same day, King Louis XII of France names him Duke of Valentinois.
93145August 17Event1549 – Battle of Sampford Courtenay: The Prayer Book Rebellion is quashed in England.
93146August 17Event1560 – The Roman Catholic Church is overthrown and Protestantism is established as the national religion in Scotland.
93147August 17Event1585 – Eighty Years' War: Siege of Antwerp: Antwerp is captured by Spanish forces under Alexander Farnese, Duke of Parma, who orders Protestants to leave the city and as a result over half of the 100,000 inhabitants flee to the northern provinces.
93148August 17Event1585 – A first group of colonists sent by Sir Walter Raleigh under the charge of Ralph Lane lands in the New World to create Roanoke Colony on Roanoke Island, off the coast of present-day North Carolina.
93149August 17Event1597 – Islands Voyage: Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, and Sir Walter Raleigh set sail on an expedition to the Azores.
93150August 17Event1611 – Gaspar de Borja y Velasco is made a cardinal by Pope Paul V.

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