February 16 : Today In History( 40 Things that happened on this day)

  1. 116 – Emperor Trajan sends laureatae to the Roman Senate at Rome on account of his victories and being conqueror of Parthia.
  2. 1249 – Andrew of Longjumeau is dispatched by Louis IX of France as his ambassador to meet with the Khagan of the Mongol Empire.
  3. 1270 – Grand Duchy of Lithuania defeats the Livonian Order in the Battle of Karuse.
  4. 1630 – Dutch forces led by Hendrick Lonck capture Olinda in what was to become part of Dutch Brazil.
  5. 1646 – Battle of Torrington, Devon: The last major battle of the first English Civil War.
  6. 1699 – First Leopoldine Diploma is issued by the Holy Roman Emperor, recognising the Greek Catholic clergy enjoyed the same privileges as Roman Catholic priests in the Principality of Transylvania.
  7. 1742 – Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, becomes British Prime Minister.
  8. 1804 – First Barbary War: Stephen Decatur leads a raid to burn the pirate-held frigate USS Philadelphia.
  9. 1852 – Studebaker Brothers wagon company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, is established.
  10. 1862 – American Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant captures Fort Donelson, Tennessee.
  11. 1866 – Spencer Compton Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington becomes British Secretary of State for War.
  12. 1874 – Silver Dollar becomes legal US tender.
  13. 1881 – The Canadian Pacific Railway is incorporated by Act of Parliament at Ottawa (44th Vic., c.1).
  14. 1899 – Iceland's first football club, Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur, is founded.
  15. 1918 – The Council of Lithuania unanimously adopts the Act of Independence, declaring Lithuania an independent state.
  16. 1923 – Howard Carter unseals the burial chamber of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.
  17. 1930 – The Romanian Football Federation joins FIFA.
  18. 1933 – The Blaine Act ends Prohibition in the United States.
  19. 1934 – The Austrian Civil War ends with the defeat of the Social Democrats and the Republikanischer Schutzbund.
  20. 1936 – Elections bring the Popular Front to power in Spain.
  21. 1937 – Wallace H. Carothers receives a United States patent for nylon.
  22. 1940 – World War II: Altmark Incident: The German tanker Altmark is boarded by sailors from the British destroyer HMS Cossack. 299 British prisoners are freed.
  23. 1943 – World War II: Red Army troops re-enter Kharkov.
  24. 1945 – World War II: American forces land on Corregidor Island in the Philippines.
  25. 1959 – Fidel Castro becomes Premier of Cuba after dictator Fulgencio Batista was overthrown on January 1.
  26. 1960 – The U.S. Navy submarine USS Triton begins Operation Sandblast, setting sail from New London, Connecticut, to begin the first submerged circumnavigation of the globe.
  27. 1961 – Explorer program: Explorer 9 (S-56a) is launched.
  28. 1962 – Flooding in the coastal areas of West Germany kills 315 and destroys the homes of about 60,000 people.
  29. 1968 – In Haleyville, Alabama, the first 9-1-1 emergency telephone system goes into service.
  30. 1978 – The first computer bulletin board system is created (CBBS in Chicago).
  31. 1983 – The Ash Wednesday bushfires in Victoria and South Australia kill 75.
  32. 1985 – Hezbollah is founded.
  33. 1986 – The Soviet liner MS Mikhail Lermontov runs aground in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand.
  34. 1987 – The trial of John Demjanjuk, accused of being a Nazi guard dubbed "Ivan the Terrible" in Treblinka extermination camp, starts in Jerusalem.
  35. 1991 – Nicaraguan Contras leader Enrique Bermúdez is assassinated in Managua.
  36. 1998 – China Airlines Flight 676 crashes into a road and residential area near Chiang Kai-shek International Airport in Taiwan, killing all 196 aboard and seven more on the ground.
  37. 2005 – The Kyoto Protocol comes into force, following its ratification by Russia.
  38. 2005 – The National Hockey League cancels the entire 2004–05 regular season and playoffs.
  39. 2006 – The last Mobile army surgical hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army.
  40. 2013 – A bomb blast at a market in Hazara Town, Quetta, Pakistan kills more than 80 people and injures 190 others.
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