Today in history, Aug. 16 - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Today in history, Aug. 16

Each of the events below happened on the same day of the month, Aug. 16.

1896: Gold is discovered in a tributary of the Klondike River in Canada, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush.

1858: President James Buchanan inaugurates the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with England's Queen Victoria.

1920: Cleveland shortstop Ray Chapman is hit in the head by a pitch from the Yankees Carl Mays. He dies the next day, becoming the only injury-related death in major league history.

1924: Actor Fess Parker is born in Fort Worth, TX.

1948: Babe Ruth, baseball's home run king, dies in Manhattan at age 53.

1949: Journalist and author Margaret Mitchell, 48, succumbs to injuries five days after being struck by a cab in Atlanta.

1954: The first issue of Sports Illustrated hits the newsstands at a cost of 25 cents.

1977: Elvis Presley, the unquestioned King of Rock and Roll, dies in Memphis, TN at age 42.

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