Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Monday, February 16, 2004
Officials at the city and county of San Francisco, California, estimate by the end of the day that they will have issued 2,000 licenses for same-sex marriages in the four days since they started granting legal recognition to gay and lesbian unions. //www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/7964972.htm
The Taiwan (ROC)'s pro-independence president, Chen Shui-bian, states that Taiwan may eventually reunify with Mainland China. Nonetheless, Chen rejects the People's Republic of China's "one country, two systems" formula which was applied to Hong Kong and Macau. This is a new step for Chen who, shortly after taking office in 2000, had said unification was just one option—comments widely seen as a push for independence for the island. //www.nytimes.com/reuters/international/international-taiwan-china.html
Friday, February 16, 2001
Wednesday, February 16, 2000
Monday, February 16, 1998
Sunday, February 16, 1992
Thursday, February 16, 1989
Pan Am flight 103: Investigators announce that the cause of the crash was a bomb hidden inside a radio-cassette player.
Saturday, February 16, 1985
William J. Schroeder becomes the first artificial heart patient to leave the hospital.
Israel begins withdrawing troops from Lebanon.
China Airlines Flight 006
is involved in a mid-air incident while there are twenty two minor injuries and two serious injuries, no one is killed.
Wednesday, February 16, 1983
The Ash Wednesday fires in Victoria and South Australia claim the lives of 76 people, in one of Australia's worst bushfires ever.
Wah Mee massacre: 13 people are killed in an attempted robbery in Seattle, Washington.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces its intention to buy out and evacuate the dioxin-contaminated community of Times Beach, Missouri.
A special commission of the Congress of the United States releases a report critical of the practice of Japanese internment during World War II.
Saturday, February 16, 1980
Friday, February 16, 1973
The Court of Appeal of England and Wales rules that the "Sunday Times" can publish articles on Thalidomide and Distillers Company, despite ongoing legal actions by parents (the decision is overturned in July by the House of Lords).
Tuesday, February 16, 1971
In Italy, a local parliament elects the city of Catanzaro as the capital of Calabria residents of Reggio di Calabria riot for 5 days because of the decision.
Fifty tornadoes rage in Mississippi
, killing 74 people.
Thursday, February 16, 1956
Only a little more than four months after the release of the 70mm version of "Oklahoma!", the film version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Carousel", starring Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones, is released in Cinemascope 55. MacRae and Jones had previously starred in "Oklahoma!" "Carousel", intended for showing in 55mm, ends up being shown only in 35mm.
Wednesday, February 16, 1955
Nearly 100 die in a fire at a home for the elderly in Yokohama
Monday, February 16, 1953
Monday, February 16, 1948
, the innermost moon
, is discovered by Gerard Kuiper
.Moore, P. (1995) "The Guinness book of astronomy (5th ed.)" Enfield, UK: Guinness Publishing. p. 110.
Friday, February 16, 1945
Combined American and Filipino forces recapture the Bataan
Tuesday, February 16, 1943
The Mexican volcano Parícutin is born in a farmer's cornfield.
The Nazis arrest the members of the White Rose movement.
Friday, February 16, 1940
Tuesday, February 16, 1937
: During a public ceremony at the Viceregal Palace (the former Imperial residence) in Addis Ababa
, two Eritrea
n nationalists attempt to kill viceroy Rodolfo Graziani
with a number of grenades. The Italian security guard fire into the crowd of Ethiopia
n onlookers. Authorities exact further reprisals, which include indiscriminately slaughtering native Ethiopia
ns over the next three days, detaining thousands of Ethiopia
ns in inhospitable conditions at Danan
in the Ogaden
and Nokra in the Dahlak Archipelago
, and slaughtering almost 300 monks at Debre Libanos
Airliner VH-UHH ("Stinson") goes down over Lamington National Park, bound for Sydney, killing five people.
Friday, February 16, 1934
Monday, February 16, 1931
Pehr Evind Svinhufvud is elected president of Finland.
Saturday, February 16, 1924
ndash Dock strikes break out in various U.S. harbors.
Saturday, February 16, 1918
Thursday, February 16, 1905
in Ireland, two explosions on board HM Submarine A5, due to petrol fumes after refueling, kill six of the eleven crew.
Thursday, February 16, 1899
Friday, February 16, 1883
Sunday, February 16, 1868
Monday, February 16, 1863
Monday, February 16, 1852
Thursday, February 16, 1804
Monday, February 16, 1801
The Treaty of Lunéville ends the War of the Second Coalition between France and Austria.
Tuesday, February 16, 1796
Friday, February 16, 1742
Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, becomes Prime Minister of Great Britain.
Tuesday, February 16, 1723
Sunday, February 16, 1659
Tuesday, February 16, 1655
Dutch Grand Pensionary advisor Johan de Witt
marries Wendela Bicker.
Friday, February 16, 1646
Saturday, February 16, 1641
Sunday, February 16, 1631
Tuesday, February 7, 1486 (Julianian calendar)
Tízoc, Aztec ruler of Tenochtitlan, dies. Some sources suggest that he was poisoned, others that he was the victim of sorcery or illness. He is succeeded by his brother Auitzotl.
Archduke Maximilian I of Habsburg is elected King of the Romans at Frankfurt (crowned April 9 at Aachen).
Wednesday, February 9, 1267 (Julianian calendar)
Tuesday, February 9, 1249 (Julianian calendar)