Today is Thursday, August 16th, the 228th day of the year.  There are 137 days until the end of the year, and 130 days till Christmas. On this date

In 1898, the roller coaster was patented by Edwin Prescott.

In 1954, the first issue of "Sports Illustrated" was published.

In 1977, rock and roll legend Elvis Presley died at the age 42.  He is widely regarded as "The King of Rock and Roll."  He is a member of both the Country Music and Rock and Roll Halls-of-Fame.

August 16 is Airborne Day, Rum Day, and Tell a Joke Day. Celebrating today:

Actress Julie Newmar is 85.  (Born 1933)  She is best known for her role as Catwoman on the television show "Batman."

Singer, actress, and children's book author Madonna is 60.  (Born 1958)  In addition to a highly successful career as a pop singer, she has starred in several films including "Desperately Seeking Susan," "A League of Their Own," and "Evita."  Madonna was inducted into the Rock 'N Roll Hall Of Fame on March 10, 2008.

 Actor Steve Carell is 56.  (Born 1962)  His credits include the TV series "The Office," and "The Daily Show" and the movies "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," "Get Smart" and "Bruce Almighty."