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|August 16th, 2005||Event||West Caribbean Airways Flight 708 crashes near Machiques, Venezuela, killing the 160 aboard.|
|August 16th, 2003||Event||U.S. Representative from South Dakota Bill Janklow hits and kills a motorcyclist with his car at a rural intersection near Trent, South Dakota; he will eventually be convicted of manslaughter and will resign from Congress.|
|August 16th, 1993||Event||The Debian distribution was first announced by Ian Murdock, then a student at Purdue University. Murdock initially called his system the "Debian Linux Release"|
|August 16th, 1992||Event||In response to an appeal by President Fernando Collor de Mello to wear green and yellow as a way to show support for him, thousands of Brazilians take to the streets dressed in black.|
|August 16th, 1989||Event||A solar flare from the Sun creates a geomagnetic storm that affects micro chips, leading to a halt of all trading on Toronto s stock market.|
|August 16th, 1987||Event||A McDonnell Douglas MD-82 carrying Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashes on take-off from Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Michigan (Detroit), killing 155 passengers and crew. The sole survivor is four-year-old Cecelia Cichan.|
|August 16th, 1972||Event||The Royal Moroccan Air Force fires upon, in an unsuccessful coup d etat attempt, Hassan II of Morocco s plane while he is traveling back to Rabat.|
|August 16th, 1966||Event||Vietnam War: The House Un-American Activities Committee begins investigations of Americans who have aided the Viet Cong. The committee intends to introduce legislation making these activities illegal. Anti-war demonstrators disrupt the meeting and 50 people are arrested.|
|August 16th, 1964||Event||Vietnam War: A coup d etat replaces Duong Van Minh with General Nguyen Khanh as President of South Vietnam. A new constitution is established with aid from the U.S. Embassy.|
|August 16th, 1962||Event||Pete Best replaced by Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) as drummer for The Beatles.|
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