On this day: August 16

Published On: Aug 13 2012 11:42:32 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 16 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

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 - Emancipation Proclamation
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1863: The Emancipation Proclamation is signed. It proclaims the freedom of slaves in the 10 states then in rebellion during the Civil War, thus applying to 3.1 million of the 4 million slaves in the U.S. at that time.

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