Today in History, February 16th

By | February 16, 2014
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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, February 16th!

1760 Cherokee Indians held hostage at Fort St. George are killed in revenge for Indian attacks on frontier settlements.
1804 Lt. Stephen Decatur led a successful raid into Tripoli harbor to burn the U.S. Navy frigate Philadelphia, which had fallen into the hands of pirates.
1862 Fort Donelson, Tennessee, falls to Grant’s Federal forces, but not before Nathan Bedford Forrest escapes.
1865 Columbia, South Carolina, surrenders to Federal troops.
1868 The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was organized in New York City.
1918 Lithuania proclaimed its independence.
1923 Bessie Smith makes her first recording “Down Hearted Blues.”Bessie-Smith
1934 Thousands of Socialists battle Communists at a rally in New York’s Madison Square Garden.
1937 Wallace H. Carothers, a research chemist for Du Pont, received a patent for nylon.
1940 The British destroyer HMS Cossack rescues British seamen from a German prison ship, theAltmark, in a Norwegian fjord.
1942 Tojo outlines Japan’s war aims to the Diet, referring to “new order of coexistence” in East Asia.
1945 American paratroopers land on Corregidor, in a campaign to liberate the Philippines.
1948 NBC-TV aired the first nightly newscast, “The Camel Newsreel Theatre,” which consisted of Fox Movietone newsreels.
1951 Stalin contends the U.N. is becoming the weapon of aggressive war.
1952 The FBI arrests 10 members of the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina.
1957 A U.S. flag flies over an outpost in Wilkes Land, Antarctica.
1959 Fidel Castro takes the oath as Cuban premier in Havana.Fidel-Castro
1965 Four persons are held in a plot to blow up the Statue of Liberty, Liberty Bell and the Washington Monument.
1966 The World Council of Churches being held in Geneva, urges immediate peace in Vietnam.
1968 The nation’s first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, Ala.
1978 China and Japan sign a $20 billion trade pact, which is the most important move since the 1972 resumption of diplomatic ties.
2005 The Kyoto global warming pact, which the U.S. never ratified, went into effect.
2005 The NHL canceled what was left of its season after a round of last-gasp negotiations failed to resolve differences over a salary cap.
2011 Bookstore chain Borders filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
2012 A federal judge in Detroit ordered life in prison for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian man who’d tried to blow up a packed Northwest jetliner with a bomb concealed in his underwear.

Today in History facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG, and

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history!

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