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AUG, 16.2016   ۩  Gabon Independence Day, Dominican Republic Restoration Day; National Airborne Day (USA); Xicolatada (Palau-de-Cerdagne, France) ● 963: Nikephoros II Phokas was crowned emperor of the Byzantine Empire 1792: Maximilien de Robespierre presented the petition of the Commune of Paris to the Legislative Assembly, which demanded the formation of a revolutionary tribunal 1858: U.S. president James Buchanan inaugurated the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom 1913: Completion of the Royal Navy battlecruiser HMS “Queen Mary” 1916: The Migratory Bird Treaty between Canada and the United States signed 1960: Cyprus gained its independence from the United Kingdom 2013: The ferry “St. Thomas Aquinas” collided with a cargo ship and sanks at Cebu, Philippines, killing 61 people and missing 59 others

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