August 16: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On August 16, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts that occurred throughout history. The 228th day of the Gregorian calendar is August 16. The first colour sound cartoon was produced on this day, as was the inaugural issue of Sports Illustrated, and Pete Best was replaced in the Beatles by Ringo Starr.

The 16th of August falls under the sign of Leo. Madonna, Steve Carell, and James Cameron all have famous birthdays. National Rum Day and National Tell A Joke Day are both celebrated on August 16.


(August 16, 1954)
James Cameron, a Canadian filmmaker known for his broad vision and revolutionary special-effects films such as Titanic (1997) and Avatar (2009), was born.


(August 16, 1954)
The first edition of Sports Illustrated was published, and the weekly publication (later changed to monthly) quickly became America's preeminent sports magazine.

Happy Birthday! (August 16, 1958)
Madonna, American singer-songwriter, producer, actress, and director. photo source:

(August 16, 1977)
Elvis Presley, renowned as the "King of Rock and Roll," died of a heart attack caused primarily by drug usage. photo source:

(August 16, 2018)
Aretha Franklin, renowned as the "Queen of Soul" and who characterised the golden age of soul music in the 1960s, died at the age of 76.

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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