Historical Events for August 16

A Minnesota State fishing record was set on this date as Northern hogsucker weighed in at 1 pound, 15 ounces. Northern hogsucker Hypentelium nigricans 2009 photo. By Brian Gratwicke, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

BENNINGTON BATTLE DAY (VT.)

In 1777 British general John Burgoyne sent 700 men to Bennington, Vermont, where 2,600 colonial troops were guarding a storehouse containing war supplies. American general John Stark met the British; killed their commander, Lieutenant Colonel Friedrich Baum; and killed or imprisoned nearly all the British soldiers. The Bennington battle led to the British surrender at Saratoga, New York, in October.

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COURTESY www.almanac.com

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