Thursday, February 16, 2012

February 16 in History

February 16 is the 47th day of the year. There are 319 days remaining until the end of the year.
  • 1852 – Studebaker Brothers Wagon Company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, was established
  • 1868 – In NYC, the Jolly Corks organization was renamed the  Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
  • 1923 – Howard Carter unsealed the burial chamber of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.
  • 1937 – Wallace H. Carothers received a United States patent for nylon.
  • 1957 – The Toddlers’ Truce resulted in a controversial television shut down between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm (so young children could be put to bed before the evening schedule began) was abolished in the United Kingdom.
  • 1959 – Fidel Castro became Premier of Cuba.
  • 1960 – The U.S. Navy submarine USS Triton began Operation Sandblast, setting sail from New London, Connecticut, to begin the first submerged circumnavigation of the globe.
  • 1961 – The DuSable Museum of African American History was chartered.
  • 1968 – In Haleyville, Alabama, the first 9-1-1 emergency telephone system went into service.
  • 1978 – The first computer bulletin board system (CBBS in Chicago, Illinois) was created.
  • 1985 – Hezbollah, a Shi’a Muslim militant group and political party based in Lebanon, was founded.
  • 2005 – The National Hockey League canceled the entire regular season, becoming the first major sports league in North America to do so over a labor dispute.
  • 2006 – The last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) was decommissioned by the US Army.

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