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February 16 Historical Events

The following events took place on February 16. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 45 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 116
    Emperor Trajan sends laureatae to the Roman Senate at Rome on account of his victories and being conqueror of Parthia.
  • 1249
    Andrew of Longjumeau is dispatched by Louis IX of France as his ambassador to meet with the Khagan of the Mongol Empire.
  • 1270
    Grand Duchy of Lithuania defeats the Livonian Order in the Battle of Karuse.
  • 1630
    Dutch forces led by Hendrick Lonck capture Olinda in what was to become part of Dutch Brazil.
  • 1646
    Battle of Torrington, Devon – the last major battle of the first English Civil War.
  • 1699
    First Leopoldine Diploma is issued by the Holy Roman Emperor, recognizing the Greek Catholic clergy enjoyed the same privileges as Roman Catholic priests in the Principality of Transylvania.
  • 1742
    Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, becomes British Prime Minister.
  • 1804
    First Barbary War: Stephen Decatur leads a raid to burn the pirate-held frigate USS Philadelphia.
  • 1852
    Studebaker Brothers wagon company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, is established.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant captures Fort Donelson, Tennessee.
  • 1866
    Spencer Compton Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington becomes British Secretary of State for War.
  • 1874
    Silver Dollar becomes legal US tender.
  • 1881
    The Canadian Pacific Railway is incorporated by Act of Parliament at Ottawa (44th Vic., c.1).
  • 1899
    Iceland’s first football club, Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur, is founded.
  • 1918
    The Council of Lithuania unanimously adopts the Act of Independence, declaring Lithuania an independent state.
  • 1923
    Howard Carter unseals the burial chamber of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.
  • 1930
    The Romanian Football Federation joins FIFA.
  • 1934
    The Austrian Civil War ends with the defeat of the Social Democrats and the Republikanischer Schutzbund.
  • 1936
    Elections bring the Popular Front to power in Spain.
  • 1937
    Wallace H. Carothers receives a United States patent for nylon.
  • 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.
  • 1943
    World War II: Red Army troops re-enter Kharkov.
  • 1943
    World War II: Insertion of Operation Gunnerside, Norway.
  • 1945
    World War II: American forces land on Corregidor Island in the Philippines.
  • 1957
    The “Toddlers’ Truce”, a controversial television close down between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm is abolished in the United Kingdom.
  • 1959
    Fidel Castro becomes Premier of Cuba after dictator Fulgencio Batista was overthrown on January 1.
  • 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.
  • 1961
    Explorer program: Explorer 9 (S-56a) is launched.
  • 1961
    The DuSable Museum of African American History is chartered.
  • 1962
    Flooding in the coastal areas of West Germany kills 315 and destroys the homes of about 60,000 people.

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