Berlin (dpa) - The current calendar sheet for 16 August 2019:
33rd calendar week, 228th day of the year
137 days left until the end of the year
Astrological sign Leo
Nameday: Altfrid, Beatrix, Rochus, Theodor, Stephan
2018 - An Italian Coast Guard ship rescues 190 refugees off Malta from Malta, but is allowed to land in Catania, Sicily, only four days later.
2009 - At the World Athletics Championships in Berlin, Jamaican Usain Bolt improves his own world record in the final over 100 meters by eleven hundredths to 9.58 seconds.
2004 - The European-American spacecraft "Cassini-Huygens" has discovered two previously unknown moons of the planet Saturn. This is announced by the US space agency NASA.
1999 - Almost a quarter of a century after the end of the Vietnam War, the United States opens another diplomatic mission in Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon.
1998 - The Attorney General Berlin confirmed the termination of the proceedings because of the dead on the inner German border against the former East German Minister of State Security Erich Mielke. The 90-year-old had been certified ongoing incapacity to negotiate.
1988 - With a bank robbery begins in Gladbeck a spectacular hostage drama with chase, which is accompanied unusually close to the media. After two days, the police put a violent end to the event. Two hostages and a police officer die.
1924 - The London Conference adopts the Dawes Plan. This puts the German reparations after the First World War on a new footing.
1809 - The Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm III. signs the foundation charter for the foundation of the University of Berlin.
1744 - After the conclusion of an alliance with France, the Prussian King Friedrich II moves into Austrian Bohemia and thus triggers the Second Silesian War.
1968 - Wolfgang Tillmans (51), German artist and photographer. In 2000, he became the first non-Brit and photographer to receive the prestigious Turner Prize
1958 - Madonna (61), American pop singer («Like a Virgin») and actress («Evita»)
1954 - James Cameron (65), Canadian director and producer («Titanic»)
1934 - Pierre Richard (85), French actor («The big blonde with the black shoe»)
1929 - Helmut Rahn, German football player, famous for his 3-2 victory against Hungary in the 1954 World Cup finals, died in 2003
2014 - Peter Scholl-Latour, German journalist and journalist, born. 1924
1949 - Margaret Mitchell, American writer ("Gone with the Wind"), b. 1900