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August 16th, 2005EventWest Caribbean Airways Flight 708 crashes near Machiques, Venezuela, killing the 160 aboard.
August 16th, 2003EventU.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, 1993EventThe 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, 1992EventIn 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, 1989EventA 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, 1987EventA 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, 1972EventThe 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, 1966EventVietnam 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, 1964EventVietnam 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, 1962EventPete Best replaced by Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) as drummer for The Beatles.

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