About February 16

February 16, 2021 is the 47th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 318 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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Aquarius is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 350 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On February 16

  • 1646
    Battle of Torrington, Devon – the last major battle of the first English Civil War.
  • 1742
    Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, becomes British Prime Minister.
  • 1852
    Studebaker Brothers wagon company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, is established.
  • 1899
    Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur Iceland’s first football club is founded.
  • 1904
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Dragon in Chinese astrology.
  • 1918
    The Council of Lithuania unanimously adopts the Act of Independence, declaring Lithuania an independent state.
  • 1936
    Elections bring the Popular Front to power in Spain.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1962
    Flooding in the coastal areas of West Germany kills 315 and destroys the homes of about 60,000 people.
  • 1985
    Hezbollah is founded.
  • 1986
    The Soviet liner MS Mikhail Lermontov runs aground in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand.
  • 1991
    Nicaraguan Contras leader Enrique Bermúdez is assassinated in Managua.
  • 1999
    In Uzbekistan, a bomb explodes and gunfire is heard at the government headquarters in an apparent assassination attempt against President Islam Karimov.
  • 2005
    The National Hockey League cancels the entire 2004-2005 regular season and playoffs, becoming the first major sports league in North America to do so over a labor dispute.

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