Thursday, February 16, 2012

16th of February

Today is the 47th day of the year, with only 318 days remaining.

1804 - During the 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.

1923 - Howard Carter unseals the burial chamber of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.

1937 - Wallace H. Carothers receives a U.S. patent for nylon.

1940 - Known as the Altmark Incident, the German tanker Altmark is boarded by sailors from the British destroyer HMS Cossack, and they free 299 British prisoners.

1959 - Fidel Castro becomes the Premier of Cuba/

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.

1968 - In Haleyville, Alabama, the first 9-1-1 emergency telephone system goes into service.

1987 - The trial of John Demjanjuk, accused of being a Nazi guard dubbed Ivan the Terrible, in Treblinka extermination camp, starts in Jerusalem.

2005 - The Kyoto Protocol comes into force, following its ratification by Russia.

2005 - The National Hockey League cancels their entire season and playoffs, becoming the first major sports league in North America to do so, over a labor dispute.

2006 - The last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, is decommissioned by the United States Army.

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