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1290        Aug 16, Charles of Valois married Margaret of Anjou.

1861        Aug 16, President Lincoln prohibited the states of the Union from trading with the seceding states of the Confederacy.

1948        Aug 16, Harry Dexter White, former assistant US Treasury Secretary, died of a heart attack.  White had helped write the UN Charter. A few days earlier he had testified before the House-Un-American Activities Committee and denied leaking secrets to Soviet intelligence. Later evidence confirmed that he had worked for Soviet intelligence. In 2004 R. Bruce Craig authored “Treasonable Doubt,” a study of White.

1970        Aug 16, Benny Bufano (b.1898), California-based Italian-American sculptor, died. He was known for his late-career bullet-shaped public sculptures.
1978        Aug 16, 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.”

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1978        Aug 16, Antonio Guzman assumed office as president of the Dominican Rep. Mindful of the fate of Juan Bosch sixteen years before, Guzman determined to move slowly in the area of social and economic reforms and to deal as directly as possible with the threat of political pressure from the armed forces.

1988        Aug 16, VP George Bush tapped Indiana Sen. Dan Quayle to be his running mate.

1990        Aug 16, President Bush met with Jordan’s King Hussein in Kennebunkport, Maine, where he urged the monarch to close Iraq’s access to the sea through the port of Aqaba.

1990        Aug 16, In Iraq, President Saddam Hussein issued a statement in which he repeatedly called Bush a “liar” and said the outbreak of war could result in “thousands of Americans wrapped in sad coffins.”

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1992        Aug 16, On the eve of the Republican National Convention in Houston, President Bush and party officials heatedly denied a report in The New York Times that a confrontation with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was motivated by political concerns.

1993        Aug 16, President Clinton opened his campaign for health care reform with a speech to the nation’s governors in Tulsa, Okla.

1994        Aug 16, President Clinton and other top Democrats were scouring the House of Representatives for converts in hopes of reviving a stalled anti-crime bill.

1998        Aug 16, A day before President Clinton was to face a criminal grand jury about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, his lawyer said, “The truth is the truth, and that’s how the president will testify.”

1999        Aug 16, Republican Lamar Alexander folded his presidential campaign.

2000        Aug 16, Senator John McCain (Republican, Arizona) was diagnosed with a second bout of melanoma. The cancer was later surgically removed, with no sign that it had spread.

2000        Aug 16, Hipolito Mejia (59) assumed the presidency of the Dominican Republic succeeding Leonel Fernandez. He proceeded to use foreign borrowing to finance public spending.

2001        Aug 16, In Colombia Pres. Pastrana signed legislation giving the military broad new powers to wage war with less scrutiny from human rights monitors. Gunmen in Santo Tomas killed 12 people for being members in the ELN.

2002        Aug 16, President Hugo Chavez railed against a Supreme Court decision to absolve four military officers accused of leading an April coup but urged Venezuelans to accept it.

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2004        Aug 16, Pres. Bush announced plans to pull 70-100 thousand US troops from Europe and Asia and redeploy them to meet the demands of the global war on terrorism.

2005        Aug 16, Pres. Bush selected Donald Winter of Northrup Grumman to be Navy secretary and Michael Wynne, Pentagon aide, as Air Force head.

2007        Aug 16, Jose Padilla, a US citizen held for 3 1/2 years as an enemy combatant, was convicted of helping Islamic extremists and plotting overseas attacks. Padilla, once accused of plotting with al-Qaida to detonate a radioactive “dirty bomb,” was later sentenced to 17 years and four months in prison on the unrelated terror support charges.

2007        Aug 16, US authorities indicted Igor Klopow (24), a Russian national, for his role in an ID theft gang that targeted wealthy individuals. Klopow was lured to the US and arrested under the Brooklyn Bridge.

2007        Aug 16, Kathleen Culhane (40), former private investigator in California, was sentenced to 5 years in state prison for forging documents to save the lives of Death Row inmates.

2007        Aug 16, Australia’s PM John Howard said he would lift a ban on selling uranium to India, subject to strict conditions.

2007        Aug 16, Opponents of President Hugo Chavez vowed to block his plans to radically overhaul the constitution, warning the changes would give him unlimited power and cripple democracy in Venezuela.

2008        Aug 16, Dorival Caymmi (b.1914), Brazilian composer, died. He had composed over 100 songs and catapulted to fame when Carmen Miranda performed one of his songs in 1938.

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2008        Aug 16, Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez promised to boost agricultural production and warned of dire economic times as he was sworn in for a third term.

2009        Aug 16, Afghan President Hamid Karzai took part in a live television debate with two of his main rivals running in this week’s election, a first for an incumbent head of state in the war-scarred country. The Afghan defense ministry said that more than 30 rebels, including foreigners, were killed in an operation pounding Taliban centers in a bid to secure a northeast troublespot for key elections. Two US troops and a US civilian died in gun and bomb attacks in eastern Afghanistan. 3 British soldiers were killed in an explosion in the volatile south.

2010        Aug 16, Celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Ryan (50), who made headlines for performing multiple surgeries on reality TV star Heidi Montag, died in a car crash in southern California. He was texting while driving and accidentally went over a cliff. Ryan opened his private practice in 1994, the same year he established his namesake charitable foundation that provides free removal of gang-related tattoos and hosts day and overnight camps for children at Malibu’s Bony Pony Ranch.