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Today in history: August 16

Celebrity birthdays, highlights in history, plus more facts about this day
/ Source: The Associated Press

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2005. There are 137 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Aug. 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died at Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tenn., at age 42.

On this date:
In 1777, American forces won the Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington, Vt.

In 1812, Detroit fell to British and Indian forces in the War of 1812.

In 1829, the original "Siamese twins," Chang and Eng Bunker, arrived in Boston to be exhibited to the Western world.

In 1858, a telegraphed message from Britain's Queen Victoria to President Buchanan was transmitted over the recently laid trans-Atlantic cable.

In 1861, President Lincoln prohibited the states of the Union from trading with the seceding states of the Confederacy.

In 1948, baseball legend Babe Ruth died in New York at age 53.

In 1954, Sports Illustrated was first published by Time Inc.

In 1956, Adlai E. Stevenson was nominated for president at the Democratic national convention in Chicago.

In 1960, Britain granted independence to the crown colony of Cyprus.

In 1987, 156 people were killed when Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashed while trying to take off from Detroit.

Ten years ago: The government more than doubled its estimate of rapes or attempted rapes in the United States each year, to 310,000, a finding praised by leaders of women's groups.

Five years ago: Delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles formally nominated Al Gore for president. Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona was diagnosed with a second bout of melanoma (the cancer was later surgically removed, with no sign that it had spread).

One year ago: President Bush announced a plan to return two Army divisions from Cold War-era bases in Germany. Election officials in Venezuela announced that voters had overwhelmingly chosen to keep President Hugo Chavez in office.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Fess Parker is 81. Actress Ann Blyth is 77. Actor Robert Culp is 75. Sportscaster Frank Gifford is 75. Actress Julie Newmar is 72. Actor John Standing is 71. Actor Gary Clarke is 69. Actress Anita Gillette is 69. Actress Carole Shelley is 66. Country singer Billy Joe Shaver is 66. Movie director Bruce Beresford is 65. Rhythm-and-blues singer Robert "Squirrel" Lester (The Chi-Lites) is 63. Actor Bob Balaban is 60. Ballerina Suzanne Farrell is 60. Actress Lesley Ann Warren is 59. Rock singer-musician Joey Spampinato (NRBQ) is 55. Actor Reginald VelJohnson is 53. TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford is 52. Rhythm-and-blues singer J.T. Taylor is 52. Movie director James Cameron is 51. Actor Jeff Perry is 50. Rock musician Tim Farriss (INXS) is 48. Singer Madonna is 47. Actress Angela Bassett is 47. Actress Laura Innes is 46. Actor Timothy Hutton is 45. Actor Steve Carell is 42. Actor Donovan Leitch is 37. Country singer Emily Robison (The Dixie Chicks) is 33. Singer Vanessa Carlton is 25. Actor Shawn Pyfrom is 19.

Thought for Today: "You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do." — Henry Ford, American auto manufacturer (1863-1947).