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August 16 in History

Update: August, 16/2012 - 09:14

 

1845

Birth of Gabriel Lippmann, French physicist and Nobel Prize winner for producing the first colour photographic plate.

1920

Birth of Vietnamese writer To Hoai, real name Nguyen Sen. His famous works include A Cricket Adventurous Diary; Vu A Dinh and Poverty.

1945

The People's Congress, held in Tan Trao, Tuyen Quang Province, adopts the Ten Major Policies of Viet Minh (the Viet Nam Independence League), the Order of General Insurrection, the red and gold national flag, and the national anthem – Tien Quan Ca (Marching Song). It also elected the National Liberation Central Committee which acted as a provisional government with Ho Chi Minh as president.

1949

Death of Margaret Mitchell, US journalist-turned-author. She wrote only one novel – Gone with the Wind.

1960

Cyprus becomes an independent republic, with Archbishop Makarios as its first president.

1966

The Declaration of Bogota is signed, calling for economic integration of Latin America and non-intervention in the internal affairs of American states.

1984

Establishment of the Viet Nam-Syria Friendship Association.

1991

The Government of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam promulgates a law making primary education compulsory.

1999

Russia's State Duma approves Vladimir Putin as the country's new prime minister.

2002

Monsoon floods in South Asia kill more than 900 people and displace or maroon some 25 million more over the next two months. — AP/REUTERS

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