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  1. On August 16, 2013, Google went down for 5 minutes and in that time, the global internet traffic dropped by 40%.

  2. On August 16, 1996, at Brookfield Zoo, a 3 year-old boy fell into a Gorilla enclosure and lost consciousness. Binti Jua, a female Gorilla, guarded the young boy from the other gorillas, cradled him in her arms and carried him 60 feet to an entrance where zookeepers could retrieve him.

  3. On August 16, 1996, at Brookfield Zoo, a 3 year-old boy fell into a Gorilla enclosure and lost consciousness. Binti Jua, a female Gorilla, guarded the young boy from the other gorillas, cradled him in her arms and carried him 60 feet to an entrance where zookeepers could retrieve him.

  4. In August 1981, 11,000 out of the nation's 16,000 air traffic controllers were fired by President Reagan after going on strike. Their union, PATCO, was dissolved and three of its leaders were sent to prison.

  5. 20 years ago, in August of 1997, UPS employees went on strike for 16 days. The strike cost UPS over $600,000,000 in revenue.

  6. On August 16, 1858, when the first transatlantic telegraph cable was laid, communication time between Europe and America was reduced from ~10 days to just a few minutes. This specific telegraph cable could transmit about 0.1 words per minute.

  7. August 6th, 1945 at 8:16 a.m. is the deadliest moment in history, killing over 70,000 people in 5 seconds.

  8. One group of clouds long escaped human detection. Not because those clouds were too small to see, but because they were too big. The dawn of the satellite era changed that, revealing a type of cloud that scientists named 'actinoform.'...first recorded...August 16, 1962, southwest of Hawaii."

  9. The first transatlantic telegraphic message was sent on August 16, 1858. Queen Victoria's 98 words message to US President James Buchanan took sixteen hours to send.

  10. On August 16, 1944 he demonstrated the world's first fully electronic color television.

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In early August 2017, a people smuggler off the coast of Yemen deliberately drowned at least 29 teenage migrants. The average age of the migrants was 16.

On August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman climbed the clock tower at the University of Austin Texas and gunned down 49 people, killing 16. In an autopsy requested by the perpetrator in his suicide note, a small brain tumor was discovered which may have contributed to his actions.

He set up the research station at Los Alamos, New Mexico and the first atomic bomb test occurred on July 16, 1945 and in August two bombs were dropped on Japan.

INXS performed their first gig the same day Elvis Presley died: August 16, 1977