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16 February

1270 – Baltic SeaBattle of Karuse (Livonian Crusade).Battle of Karuse. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Karuse

1646 – England – Battle of Torrington, Devon (English Civil War). http://bcw-project.org/military/english-civil-war/west-country/battle-of-torrington

1742 – Britain – Spencer Compton, Ist Earl of Wilmington became Prime Minister (Whig). https://www.gov.uk/government/history/past-prime-ministers/spencer-compton-1st-earl-of-wilmington

1810 – Crete – Earthquake measuring 7.5Mw, epicentre in Heraklion, 2,000 killed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1810_Crete_earthquake

1852 – USA – Studebaker  Brothers Wagon Company established. http://www.studebakermuseum.org/p/about/history/

1861 – Indonesia – Earthquake measuring 8.5Mw, epicentre in Sumatra, followed by tsunami, 905 killed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1861_Sumatra_earthquake

1862 – USA – Battle of Fort Donelson ended (American Civil War). http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/fort-donelson.html?tab=facts

1866 – UK – Spencer Compton Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington became Secretary of State of War. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/160349/Spencer-Compton-Cavendish-8th-duke-of-Devonshire

1874 – USA – Silver Dollar became legal tender. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dollar_coin_(United_States)

1899 – Iceland – Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur football club founded. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knattspyrnuf%C3%A9lag_Reykjav%C3%ADkur

1918 – Lithuania – Independence from Russian and German Empires. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Lithuania_(1918)

AIR RAID DAMAGE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR.
1918 – UK – Air Raid on London, Royal Chelsea Hospital hit (WWI). http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205213222


1923 – Egypt – Burial chamber of Tutankhamun unsealed by Howard Carter. http://youtu.be/7ZWB5-aXMXQ http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/archaeologist-opens-tomb-of-king-tut

1934 – Austria – Civil War ended. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austrian_Civil_War

1936 – Germany – IV Winter Olympic Games Closing Ceremony in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. http://www.olympic.org/garmisch-partenkirchen-1936-winter-olympics

1936 – Spain – Popular Front elected to power.

1940 – Norway – Altmark Incident (WWII). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altmark_Incident

1942 – USA – US Navy plane crashed at Elk Horn Mountain, VA, 3 killed (WWII). http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19420216-0

1944 – USA – US Navy plane missing between Seattle & Kodiak, 14 killed (WWII). http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19440216-0

1951 – Tunisia – RAF plane crashed near Béja, 8 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19510216-0

1957 – UK – Toddlers Truce – the television closed down between 6pm and 7pm abolished. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/days-like-these-16-february-1957-9130781.html

1959 – Cuba – Fidel Castro became Premier. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fidel_Castro

1961 – USA – Explorer 9 spacecraft launched. http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraftDisplay.do?id=1961-004A


1962 – West Germany – Coastal flooding, 315 killed. https://youtu.be/KJBCAq8bl1I http://www.environmentandsociety.org/arcadia/great-flood-1962-hamburg

1967 – Indonesia – Garuda Indonesia Flight 708 crashed at Manado-Sam Ratulangi Airport, 22 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19670216-1

1968 – USA – First 9-1-1 telephone services in Haleyville, Alambama.  http://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/emergservices/nh911/pubinfo/documents/history.pdf


1983 – Australia – Bushfires in Victoria, 75 killed. https://youtu.be/JLcVkF8UMsA http://www.abc.net.au/archives/80days/stories/2012/01/19/3411671.htm

1986 – New Zealand – Soviet liner MS Mikhail Lermontov ran aground in Marlborough Sounds. http://www.nzmaritime.co.nz/lermontov.htm

1998 – Taiwan – China Airlines Flight 676 crashed near Taipei-Chiang Kai-Shek International Airport, 202 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19980216-0

2013 – Pakistan – Bomb exploded in Hazara Town Market, Quetta, 80+ killed. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21485731

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1922 – Faith Brook born (Actress). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faith_Brook