156 people killed in Detroit plane crash 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 16 1987)


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(Sunday, August 16, 1987, at about 8:46 p.m. EDT) — 156 people were killed tonight when Northwest Airlines Flight 255, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82, crashed in a ball of flames after taking off from Detroit Metropolitan Airport Sunday night. Continue reading 156 people killed in Detroit plane crash 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 16 1987)

Americans win Battle of Bennington 240 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 16 1777)


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(Saturday, August 16, 1777, 3:00 p.m. local time; during the American Revolutionary War and the American Revolution) — American forces won the Battle of Bennington today in Walloomsac, New York, about 10 miles from its namesake Bennington, Vermont, what was considered a turning point of the Revolutionary War. Continue reading Americans win Battle of Bennington 240 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 16 1777)

Elvis Presley, 42, suffers fatal heart attack 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 16 1977)


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(Tuesday, August 16, 1977, 2:30 p.m. CDT) — American singer and actor Elvis Presley, regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, was found unconscious on the floor of his bathroom today at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee. Continue reading Elvis Presley, 42, suffers fatal heart attack 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 16 1977)

King Macbeth killed at Battle of Lumphanan 960 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 15 1057)


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(Friday, August 15, 1057)Macbeth, King of Scots, was killed today at the Battle of Lumphanan by the forces of Máel Coluim mac Donnchada, the eldest son of King Duncan, whom Macbeth had slain. Continue reading King Macbeth killed at Battle of Lumphanan 960 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 15 1057)

India becomes independent of British rule 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 15 1947)


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(Friday, August 15, 1947, 10:30 a.m. IST)India became an independent country today as Jawaharlal Nehru became the nation’s first prime minister and participated in the official raising of the Indian flag in New Delhi’s War Memorial Square in front of half a million people. Continue reading India becomes independent of British rule 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 15 1947)

Pakistan becomes independent of British rule 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 14 1947)


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(Thursday, August 14, 1947, 9:33 a.m. PKT) — The Dominion of Pakistan was formed today when the Muslim majority region formed by the Partition of India gained independence (the day before the partition of India officially took effect) as Muhammad Ali Jinnah was sworn in as its first governor general in Karachi. Continue reading Pakistan becomes independent of British rule 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 14 1947)