August 16

1777

The Revolutionary War battle of Bennington, Vt., won by American forces.

1829

The original Siamese twins, Eng and Chang, arrived in Boston.

1948

Baseball legend Babe Ruth died in New York City at age 53.

1960

Cyprus, the third-largest island in the Mediterranean, became an independent republic.

1962

Algeria was admitted to the Arab League.

1977

Elvis Presley died at Graceland, his Memphis,Tenn., home, from heart failure at age 42.

2003

Former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin died.

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