On this day, Aug. 16 …

1948: Babe Ruth dies of cancer at age 53.

Also on this day:

  • 1777: The Revolutionary War battle of Bennington, Vt. is won by American forces.

  • 1977: Elvis Presley dies at the age of 42.
  • 2008: Usain Bolt sets a new 100m world record of 9.69 seconds at the Olympics in Beijing. 
  • 2012: Ecuador grants political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.