On this day: August 16

POSTED: 09:42 PM PDT Aug 13, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 15, 2016 

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 - Flight 255 memorial
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1987: Northwest Airlines Flight 255, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82, crashes after takeoff in Romulus, Michigan, near Detroit, killing 154 of the 155 on board, plus two people on the ground. At the time, Flight 255 was the second deadliest aviation disaster in U.S. history. Pictured is a monument near the crash site.


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