On this day, Aug. 16 …

1948: Babe Ruth dies of cancer at age 53.

Also on this day:

  • 1777: The Revolutionary War battle of Bennington, Vt., is won by Continental Army forces.
  • 1858: A telegraphed message from Britain’s Queen Victoria to President James Buchanan is transmitted over the recently laid trans-Atlantic cable.
  • 1962: The Beatles fire their original drummer, Pete Best, replacing him with Ringo Starr.
  • 1977: Elvis Presley dies at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tenn., at age 42
  • 1991: Pope John Paul II begins the first-ever papal visit to Hungary.
  • 1999: The U.S. version of the quiz show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,“ hosted by Regis Philbin, begins a limited two-week run on ABC.
  • 2000: Delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles formally nominate Al Gore for president.
  • 2009: Usain Bolt breaks another world record, winning the 100-meter race in 9.58 seconds at the world championships in Berlin.
  • 2012: Ecuador grants political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
  • 2018: Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” dies of pancreatic cancer at age 76.
  • 2019: Actor and director Peter Fonda, best known for his role in “Easy Rider,” dies from respiratory failure due to lung cancer.