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On This Day: February 16th

This is 47th day of the year and 318 days remain in the year.

in history
1804
U.S. frigate Philadelphia, captured and held by Barbary pirates at Tripoli during the Tripolitan War, was set fire to and destroyed by a small group of men led by Stephen Decatur.
1918
Lithuania proclaimed its independence from Russia.
1923
The tomb of King Tutankhamen, discovered in 1922, was opened.
1937
Nylon was patented.
1959
Fidel Castro became the leader of Cuba after having ousted the right-wing dictator Fulgencio Batista.
1968

The country's first 911 phone system went into service in Haleyville, Ala.

1999
Turkish commandos captured Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan in Kenya, sparking seizures of embassies in Europe by Kurds.
February 16 BirthdaysHenry Adams1838–1918, American writer and historian.
LeVar Burtonactor
Sonny Bonoentertainer, politician
John McEnroetennis player
Frederick Williamthe Great Elector
Richard Fordnovelist
Robert Flahertyexplorer and film producer
Heinrich Barthexplorer
Katharine Cornellactress
George F. Kennandiplomat and historian



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