Today in History: Aug. 16

Yankees legends Babe Ruth (left) and Lou Gehrig (right) chat outside the batting cage in 1929. (AP Photo)
In 1948, baseball legend Babe Ruth died in New York at age 53. Here, Yankees legends Babe Ruth (left) and Lou Gehrig (right) chat outside the batting cage in 1929. (AP Photo)
In 1954, Sports Illustrated was first published by Time Inc.
Babette Beatty holds the Jan. 20, 1964, Sports Illustrated in which she graces the cover of the magazine's first swimsuit edition at her Halfway, Ore., business Jan. 19, 2000. (AP)
In 1954, Sports Illustrated was first published by Time Inc. Here, Babette Beatty holds the Jan. 20, 1964, Sports Illustrated in which she graces the cover of the magazine’s first swimsuit edition at her Halfway, Ore., business Jan. 19, 2000. (AP)
Stig "Stikkan" Andersson (2nd left) is shown with pop group "ABBA", from left Benny Andersson, Annifrid Lyngstad, conductor Sven-Olof Walldoff, Agnetha Faltskog and Bjorn Ulvaeus in this 1974  photo after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton, England. Andersson who produced the records Swedish pop group ABBA that topped the charts around the globe during the 1970s and 80s died of a heart attack Friday Sept. 12, 1997 aged 66. (AP Photo/File)
In 1976, the ABBA single “Dancing Queen” was released in Sweden. In this photo, Stig “Stikkan” Andersson (2nd left) is shown with pop group “ABBA”, from left Benny Andersson, Annifrid Lyngstad, conductor Sven-Olof Walldoff, Agnetha Faltskog and Bjorn Ulvaeus in this 1974 photo after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton, England. Andersson who produced the records Swedish pop group ABBA that topped the charts around the globe during the 1970s and 80s died of a heart attack Friday Sept. 12, 1997 aged 66. (AP Photo/File) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
In 1977, Elvis Presley died at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 42. Here, the legendary actor and singer holds his semi-acoustic guitar during a concert in December of 1968. (AP Photo) (AP)
The St. Louis Police Department released this picture of James Earl Ray. It was made in 1959 at the time of his arrest in St. Louis on an armed robbery charge. He later was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison and escaped in April,1966, from the Missouri penitentiary. The FBI said today in Washington that it had identified Eric Starvo Galt, the man wanted in the killing of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as James Earl Ray, 40, an escapee from the Missouri penitentiary. (AP Photo).
In 1978, James Earl Ray, convicted assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., told a Capitol Hill hearing he did not commit the crime, saying he’d been set up by a mysterious man called “Raoul.” The St. Louis Police Department released this picture of James Earl Ray. It was made in 1959 at the time of his arrest in St. Louis on an armed robbery charge. He later was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison and escaped in April,1966, from the Missouri penitentiary. The FBI said today in Washington that it had identified Eric Starvo Galt, the man wanted in the killing of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as James Earl Ray, 40, an escapee from the Missouri penitentiary. (AP Photo). (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
In this Aug. 16, 1987 file photo, bag-covered bodies are strewn across the hillsides flanking Middlebelt Road in Romulus, Mich., after a Northwest Airlines MD-80, bound for Phoenix, crashed shortly after takeoff from Detroit Metropolitan Airport. In the new documentary, “Sole Survivor,” Cecelia Cichan, whose married name is Crocker, at age 4 was the lone survivor of the crash that killed 154 people aboard and two on the ground breaks her silence, discussing how the crash of the Phoenix-bound jetliner has affected her. (AP Photo/Dale Atkins, file)
In 1987, 156 people were killed when Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashed while trying to take off from Detroit; the sole survivor was 4-year-old Cecelia Cichan. In this Aug. 16, 1987 file photo, bag-covered bodies are strewn across the hillsides flanking Middlebelt Road in Romulus, Mich., after a Northwest Airlines MD-80, bound for Phoenix, crashed shortly after takeoff from Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Cecelia Cichan, 4, was the lone survivor of the crash that killed 154 people aboard. (AP Photo/Dale Atkins, file)
In 1991, Pope John Paul II began the first-ever papal visit to Hungary.

In this May 16, 1990 photo, Pope John Paul II smiles from his papal throne during his weekly general audience, two days prior to his 70th birthday on May 18th. (AP Photo/Giulio Broglio)
In 1991, Pope John Paul II began the first-ever papal visit to Hungary. In this May 16, 1990 photo, Pope John Paul II smiles from his papal throne during his weekly general audience, two days prior to his 70th birthday on May 18th. (AP Photo/Giulio Broglio) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/GIULIO BROGLIO)
A woman holds a sign that reads in Portuguese "Enough genocide!" and "Exterminator of the Future" with an image depicting Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff holding a gun, during a protest demanding the her impeachment in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015. Demonstrators are taking to the streets across Brazil for a day of nationwide anti-government protests. President Rousseff's second term in office has been shaken by a snowballing corruption scandal involving politicians from her Workers’ Party, as well as a spluttering economy, spiraling currency and rising inflation, making her popularity ratings fall to historic lows. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
In 2015, tens of thousands of Brazilians demonstrated their discontent with President Dilma Roussef. Here, a woman holds a sign that reads in Portuguese “Enough genocide!” and “Exterminator of the Future” with an image depicting Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff holding a gun, during a protest demanding the her impeachment in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015. Demonstrators are taking to the streets across Brazil for a day of nationwide anti-government protests. President Rousseff’s second term in office has been shaken by a snowballing corruption scandal involving politicians from her Workers’ Party, as well as a spluttering economy, spiraling currency and rising inflation, making her popularity ratings fall to historic lows. (AP Photo/Leo Correa) (AP/Leo Correa)
In 2016, John McLaughlin died at age 89. 

The conservative political commentator and host of the namesake long-running television show that pioneered hollering-heads discussions of Washington politics. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)
In 2016, John McLaughlin died at age 89. The conservative political commentator and host of the namesake long-running television show that pioneered hollering-heads discussions of Washington politics. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf) (AP/Kevin Wolf)
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Yankees legends Babe Ruth (left) and Lou Gehrig (right) chat outside the batting cage in 1929. (AP Photo)
In 1954, Sports Illustrated was first published by Time Inc.
Babette Beatty holds the Jan. 20, 1964, Sports Illustrated in which she graces the cover of the magazine's first swimsuit edition at her Halfway, Ore., business Jan. 19, 2000. (AP)
Stig "Stikkan" Andersson (2nd left) is shown with pop group "ABBA", from left Benny Andersson, Annifrid Lyngstad, conductor Sven-Olof Walldoff, Agnetha Faltskog and Bjorn Ulvaeus in this 1974  photo after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton, England. Andersson who produced the records Swedish pop group ABBA that topped the charts around the globe during the 1970s and 80s died of a heart attack Friday Sept. 12, 1997 aged 66. (AP Photo/File)
The St. Louis Police Department released this picture of James Earl Ray. It was made in 1959 at the time of his arrest in St. Louis on an armed robbery charge. He later was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison and escaped in April,1966, from the Missouri penitentiary. The FBI said today in Washington that it had identified Eric Starvo Galt, the man wanted in the killing of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as James Earl Ray, 40, an escapee from the Missouri penitentiary. (AP Photo).
In this Aug. 16, 1987 file photo, bag-covered bodies are strewn across the hillsides flanking Middlebelt Road in Romulus, Mich., after a Northwest Airlines MD-80, bound for Phoenix, crashed shortly after takeoff from Detroit Metropolitan Airport. In the new documentary, “Sole Survivor,” Cecelia Cichan, whose married name is Crocker, at age 4 was the lone survivor of the crash that killed 154 people aboard and two on the ground breaks her silence, discussing how the crash of the Phoenix-bound jetliner has affected her. (AP Photo/Dale Atkins, file)
In 1991, Pope John Paul II began the first-ever papal visit to Hungary.

In this May 16, 1990 photo, Pope John Paul II smiles from his papal throne during his weekly general audience, two days prior to his 70th birthday on May 18th. (AP Photo/Giulio Broglio)
A woman holds a sign that reads in Portuguese "Enough genocide!" and "Exterminator of the Future" with an image depicting Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff holding a gun, during a protest demanding the her impeachment in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015. Demonstrators are taking to the streets across Brazil for a day of nationwide anti-government protests. President Rousseff's second term in office has been shaken by a snowballing corruption scandal involving politicians from her Workers’ Party, as well as a spluttering economy, spiraling currency and rising inflation, making her popularity ratings fall to historic lows. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
In 2016, John McLaughlin died at age 89. 

The conservative political commentator and host of the namesake long-running television show that pioneered hollering-heads discussions of Washington politics. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

Today is Friday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2019. There are 137 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 42.

On this date:

In 1812, Detroit fell to British and Indian forces in the War of 1812.

In 1858, a telegraphed message from Britain’s Queen Victoria to President James Buchanan was transmitted over the recently laid trans-Atlantic cable.

In 1861, President Abraham Lincoln issued Proclamation 86, which prohibited the states of the Union from engaging in commercial trade with states that were in rebellion _ i.e., the Confederacy.

In 1920, Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians was struck in the head by a pitch thrown by Carl Mays of the New York Yankees; Chapman died the following morning.

In 1948, baseball legend Babe Ruth died in New York at age 53.

In 1962, The Beatles fired their original drummer, Pete Best, replacing him with Ringo Starr.

In 1987, 156 people were killed when Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashed while trying to take off from Detroit; the sole survivor was 4-year-old Cecelia Cichan (SHEE’-an).

In 1991, Pope John Paul II began the first-ever papal visit to Hungary.

In 1999, the U.S. version of the quiz show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,“ hosted by Regis Philbin, began a limited two-week run on ABC.

In 2000, delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles formally nominated Al Gore for president.

In 2002, terrorist mastermind Abu Nidal reportedly was found shot to death in Baghdad, Iraq; he was 65.

In 2003, Idi Amin, the former dictator of Uganda, died in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia; he was believed to have been about 80.

Ten years ago: Negotiators averted a strike against the San Francisco Bay Area’s commuter rail hours before a midnight deadline. Y.E. Yang of South Korea became the first Asian-born player to win one of golf’s majors with a three-stroke win over Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship in Chaska, Minnesota. Usain Bolt ran to another world record, winning the 100-meter race in 9.58 seconds at the world championships in Berlin.

Five years ago: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, where police and protesters repeatedly clashed in the week since a black teenager was shot to death by a white police officer. Pope Francis beatified 124 Korean martyrs during an open-air Mass in Seoul (sohl).

One year ago: Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul,” died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. Newspapers across the country pushed back against President Donald Trump’s attacks on “fake news” with a coordinated series of editorials in defense of a free press. The Pentagon said the Veterans Day military parade ordered up by President Trump wouldn’t happen in 2018 and that officials were now looking at 2019; the announcement came hours after reports that the parade would have an estimated cost of $92 million, more than three times the price first suggested by the White House.

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