On this day: August 16

POSTED: 10:42 PM Aug 13 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Aug 16 2015

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 - Margaret Mitchell
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Library of Congress

1949: Author Margaret Mitchell, best known for writing the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Gone with the Wind," dies at age 48 in Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, five days after being struck by a car while crossing the street with her husband.


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