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Amazing Facts - August 16

August 16 2008

August 16, 1804 in France Boulogne camp held its first awarding of the Order of the Legion of Honor. The procedure lasted more than 7 hours and was attended by over 120 thousand people.

Then the 2400 awards were presented to 16 first cohort awardees, led by marshals were 14 and 2 of the admiral. Order of each pinned himself, Napoleon. Himself as the Legion of Honor was established in May 1802.

August 16, 1819 occurred the famous "Manchester massacre - massacre during a rally to demand universal suffrage in England.

August 16, 1896 in the now famous American Klondike opened the first gold deposit. Soon the "Gold Rush" - here and pulled hundreds of adventurers who dream to get rich quick, in pursuit of bits of yellow metal washing the sand.

16 August 1941 the Soviet leadership was issued the famous order number 270, in which all prisoners of war were declared traitors.

16 August 1955 made its last flight of a British aviator Clarence Cornish, Colonel. "Cornish famous for that to fly a plane until the age of 96 years. For the first time as the legendary pilot sat behind the wheel in May 1918.

Release prepared by Max K * - based on encyclopedias and other public sources.

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