On this day: August 16

POSTED: 09:42 PM PDT Aug 13, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 15, 2013 

Politics get ugly on the White House lawn, Lincoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation, the Bambino and The King both die, and the Beatles find a new drummer, all on this day.

OTD August 16 - Babe Ruth
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1948: Legendary baseball player Babe Ruth, who helped the New York Yankees to four World Series titles during his career and was among the five first inductees into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936, dies from cancer in New York City at the age of 53. Ruth held the records for most home runs in a season, hitting 60 in 1927, until he was surpassed by fellow Yankee Roger Maris in 1961, and the career record of 714 home runs until he was surpassed by Hank Aaron in 1974.

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