16 August 2012

Timeline August 16 to 18

August 16
1777  American rebels won the Revolutionary War Battle of Benington, VT.
1812  American General William Hull surrendered Fort Detroit without a fight to the British and Indian forces in the War of 1812.
1977  Elvis Presley died at Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tenn., at age 42.

August 17
1786  Davy Crockett, American frontiersman and politician, was born.
1807  Robert Fulton's North River Steamboat leaves New York City for Albany, New York on the Hudson River, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat service in the world.
1896  A prospecting party discovered gold in Alaska, a finding that set off the Klondike gold rush.

August 18
1227  The mongol conqueror Genghis Khan died in late August.
1587  Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents to be born on American soil, on what is now Roanoke Island, NC. Died before 1591.
1868  French astronomer Pierre Jules César Janssen discovers helium.

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