Happy Birthday, Madonna!
Wow, it’s hard to believe that the Material Girl is 49.
More August 16th Celebrity Birthdays:
1953: Kathie Lee Gifford, Paris, Florida, hostess, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee
1958: Angela Bassett, born in New York City, actress, What’s Love Got to Do With It
1960: Timothy Hutton, born in Malibu, California, actor, Turk 182, Ordinary People
1963: Steve Carell, American Actor
1980: Vanessa Carlton, American Musician
1988: Rumer Willis, child of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore
August 16th Celebrity Deaths:
1948: Babe Ruth, Baseball legend (New York Yankees), dies in New York at 53
1949: Margaret Mitchell, U.S. writer (Gone With the Wind), dies at 48
1956: Bela Lugosi, actor (Dracula), dies of heart attack at 73
1977: Elvis Presley, rocker, dies of heart ailment/drugs at Graceland at 42
1991: Shamu the Whale, dies of respiratory failure at 16
While salmon fishing near the Klondike River in Canada’s Yukon Territory on this day in 1896, George Carmack reportedly spots nuggets of gold in a creek bed. His lucky discovery sparks the last great gold rush in the American West.
On August 16, 1920, Cleveland Indians shortstop Ray Chapman is struck in the temple by a ball pitched by Carl Mays of the New York Yankees. He died 12 hours later. This was the first and only death to occur as the result of a pitched ball in major league history.
A plane crash at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Michigan kills 156 people on this day in 1987. A four-year-old girl was the sole survivor of the accident, which was caused by pilot error.