Berlin (dpa) – The current calendar page for August 16, 2022:
33rd calendar week, 228th day of the year
137 days until the end of the year
Astrological sign Leo
Name day: Altfrid, Beatrix, Rochus, Theodor, Stephan
2021 – The Bundeswehr starts a large-scale evacuation campaign from Kabul in Afghanistan. A total of 5347 people from 45 nations will be flown out by August 26th. Many Afghan local workers remain behind.
2017 – At least 37 inmates are killed when security forces storm a prison in Venezuela.
2012 – Ecuador grants asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who fled eight weeks earlier in Ecuador’s London embassy.
2005 – The founder and prior of the Taizé ecumenical community, Brother Roger (90), is stabbed to death by a woman believed to be mentally ill.
2002 – VW personnel manager Peter Hartz hands over the proposals of the 15-strong “Hartz Commission” to reform the labor market to Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (SPD) in Berlin.
1997 – The astronauts of the US space shuttle Discovery capture the German research satellite Crista-Spas after a nine-day reconnaissance flight.
1995 – Citizens of Bermuda vote overwhelmingly against independence from Britain.
1992 – In the Republic of Congo, Pascal Lissouba is elected the country’s first freely elected President.
1987 – Shortly after takeoff from Detroit, Michigan, a Northwest Airlines DC-9-82 strikes a light pole beyond the end of the runway before crushing a house and bursting into flames on a freeway. 157 people are killed, including three drivers in addition to the occupants of the plane.
1962 – Steve Carell (60), American actor and comedian (“Get Smart”)
1958 – Madonna (64), American pop singer («Like a Virgin», «Frozen») and actress («Evita»)
1957 – Philip Murphy (65), American diplomat, US Ambassador in Berlin 2009-2013
1942 – Reinhard Klimmt (80), German politician (SPD), Federal Minister of Transport 1999-2000, Prime Minister of Saarland 1998-1999
1937 – Gerhard Pohl, German politician and entrepreneur, last Minister of Economics in the GDR in 1990, died in 2012
2019 – Peter Fonda, American actor («Easy Rider»), born 1940
1977 – Elvis Presley, American rock singer («Jailhouse Rock», «In The Ghetto») and actor («Blue Hawaii»), born 1935