Tuesday, August 16, 2011

August 16

Track Year Event Artist Song Album
1 1819 Seventeen people die and over 600 are injured in cavalry charges at a public meeting at St. Peter's Field, Manchester, England. Hood August Charge Hood / Meredith Split Tape
2 1841 U.S. President John Tyler vetoes a bill which called for the re-establishment of the Second Bank of the United States. Enraged Whig Party members riot outside the White House in the most violent demonstration on White House grounds in U.S. history. Scholastic Deth Kill Em With Politics Revenge of the Nerds
3 1869 Battle of Acosta Ñu: A Paraguayan battalion made up of children is massacred by the Brazilian Army during the War of the Triple Alliance. Yeasayer The Children Odd Blood
4 1960 Joseph Kittinger parachutes from a balloon over New Mexico at 102,800 feet (31,300 m), setting three records that still stand today: High-altitude jump, free-fall, and highest speed by a human without an aircraft. Supercar Jump 16/50 1997-1999
5 1989 A solar flare from the Sun creates a geomagnetic storm that affects micro chips, leading to a halt of all trading on Toronto's stock market. The Magnetic Fields I Don't Believe in the Sun 69 Love Songs, Vol. 1

(Historical facts about August 16 are from Wikipedia.)

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