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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1899
    Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur Iceland’s first football club is founded.
  • 1923
    Howard Carter unseals the burial chamber of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.
  • 1923
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Pig in Chinese astrology.
  • 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.
  • 1957
    The “Toddlers’ Truce”, a controversial television close down between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm is abolished in the United Kingdom.
  • 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.
  • 1968
    In Haleyville, Alabama, the first 9-1-1 emergency telephone system goes into service.
  • 1978
    The first computer bulletin board system is created (CBBS in Chicago, Illinois).
  • 1985
    Hezbollah is founded.
  • 1986
    The Soviet liner MS Mikhail Lermontov runs aground in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand.
  • 1999
    Across Europe, Kurdish rebels take over embassies and hold hostages after Turkey arrests one of their rebel leaders, Abdullah Öcalan.
  • 1999
    In Uzbekistan, a bomb explodes and gunfire is heard at the government headquarters in an apparent assassination attempt against President Islam Karimov.
  • 2006
    The last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army.

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