August 16

This Day in History

1977

Elvis Presley Dies

Music icon Elvis Presley dies at the age of 42. The death of the "King of Rock and Roll" brought legions of mourning fans to Graceland, his home in Memphis, Tennessee. Doctors claimed he died of a … (more...)

1960

Man Skydives Through Stratosphere

On this day in 1960, Joseph Kittinger leapt from a helium balloon at an altitude of 31,330 metres (102,800 feet). His jump set a handful of world records including highest balloon ascent, highest … (more...)