February 16 Events in History - February 16 Birthdays - February 16 Deaths
2015 A federal U.S. judge orders a halt to an executive order issued by President Barack Obama that allows approximately 5 million illegal immigrants to remain in the country; Obama expects to overcome this hurdle to implement the order as planned
2014 '12 Years a Slave' and 'Gravity' dominate wins at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards ceremony; Chiwetel Ejiofor ('12 Years') and Cate Blanchett ('Blue Jasmine') receive leading actor and actress awards, respectively
2014 Eleven illegal gold miners are rescued from a collapsed shaft; the remaining men refuse to surface upon learning that the rescued men have been immediately arrested; over 200 miners may still remain in the shaft
2013 G20 finance ministers focus on the so-named "currency wars" during their meeting in Moscow, Russia
2013 A 6.2 earthquake occurs near the Philippine island of Mindanao, with no immediate reports of damage or injuries
2012 Anthony Shadid, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and the Middle East correspondent for the New York Times, dies at 43 of an acute asthma attack
2012 Australia's Qantas airlines announces its plan to cut 500 jobs
2011 Under pressure from conservationists and diplomats, Japan's whaling fleet leaves the Antarctic
2011 Lance Armstrong announces his official retirement from professional cycling
2010 The Queen Mary 2 makes her first port call in China at the Port of Shanghai, since her maiden voyage in 2004
1998 Tellabs Inc. acquires Coherent Communications Systems for $670 million
1997 At age 25, Jeff Gordon is youngest winner in Daytona 500 history
1997 GTE Suncoast Senior Golf Classic
1997 Paul Stankowski wins Hawaiian Golf Open
1997 Terry-Jo Myers wins LPGA Los Angeles Women's Championship
1996 Gary Kirsten scores 188* for South Africa vs. UAE at Rawalpindi
1994 6.5 earthquake strikes SE Sumatra, kills 200
1994 Johann Olav Koss skates world record 1500m (1:51.29)
1994 Premier Alfonso Bustamente ends government in Peru
1993 Sandra V"lker swims world record 50m backstroke (28.33 sec)
1992 Former silver Goodyear blimps are now painted yellow and blue
1992 Los Angeles Lakers retire Magic Johnson's #32 uniform
1991 Dutch PPR, Political Party Radicals, disbands
1991 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Tonya Harding
1989 Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and North Yemen form common market
1989 Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden separate after 16 years of marriage
1989 Orel Hershiser, Dodger pitcher signs $7.9M-3 year contract
1989 Roger Clemens, Red Sox pitcher signs $7.5M-3 year contract
1989 William Hayden becomes governor-general of Australia
1988 1st documented combat action by U.S. military advisors in El Salvador
1987 John Demjanjuk, accused of being "Ivan the Terrible" trial begins
1986 "Uptown... It's Hot!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne New York City after 24 performances
1986 French air force bombs Ouadi Doum airport in Chad
1986 Hein Vergeer becomes world champion skater
1986 Karlstad skates world record 10 km (14:12.14)
1986 Mario Soares (Socialist) elected Portugal's 1st civilian president
1985 Largest NBA crowd to date, 43,816, sees Philadelphia at Detroit
1985 Livingston Bramble defeats Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini to win WBA champ
1985 New Jersey Devils score their fastest hat trick in 42 seconds
1984 Bill Johnson becomes 1st American to win Olympic downhill skiing gold
1984 New Jersey Devils 1st OT goal, Jan Ludvig beats Hartford Whalers 6-5
1982 Agatha Barbara elected as 1st female president of Malta
1982 Assembled STS-3 vehicle moves from Vandenberg AFB to launch pad
1982 Lee Majors and Farrah Fawcett Majors divorce
1980 Continuous traffic jam extends 176 km north of Lyons, France
1980 Eric Heiden skates 5k in 7:02.29 (Olympic Record)
1979 George Harrison releases "Blow Away"
1979 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1978 1st Computer Bulletin Board System (Ward and Randy's CBBS, Chicago)
1977 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan U.S.S.R.
1975 Washington Capitals 1st NHL shutout, beating Kansas City Scouts 3-0
1973 WI vs. Australia at Kingston, 1st time since 1955 without Sobers
1972 1st NBA to score 30,000 points (Wilt Chamberlain in 940 games)
1972 German mass murderers "Three of Breda" freed
1972 Test Cricket debut of Lawrence Rowe WI vs. New Zealand Kingston, 214 and 100
1972 Wilt Chamberlain hit 30,000 point mark during a game with Phoenix Suns
1970 Joe Frazier TKOs Jimmy Ellis in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
1968 Country's 1st 911 phone system went into service in Haleyville, Ala
1968 Elvis Presley receives gold record for "How Great Thou Art"
1968 Beatles George Harrison and John Lennon and wives fly to India for transcendental meditation study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
1967 Red Ruffing selected to Hall of Fame
1966 Bob Cowper makes 307 vs. England at the MCG, 727 minutes, 20 fours
1966 End of Wally Grout's Test Cricket career, 187 dismissals as Australia WK
1966 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
1965 "Baker Street" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 313 performances
1965 Pegasus 1 launched to detect micro-meteors
1964 "Foxy" opens at Ziegfeld Theater New York City for 72 performances
1964 Beatles' 2nd appearance on "Ed Sullivan Show"
1963 1st round-trip swim of Strait of Messina, Italy (Mary Revell of U.S.)
1963 Beatles top British rock charts with "Please, Please Me"
1963 C and A Building in Amsterdam burns down
1962 Darius Milhaud's 12th Symphony, premieres
1962 U.S. Open Tennis: Jimmy Bostwick defeats brother Pete to win
1961 1st all-solid-propellant rocket put in orbit, Wallops Island, Va
1961 China uses it's 1st nuclear reactor
1961 U.S. satellite Explorer 9 is launched
1960 U.S. nuclear submarine USS Triton set off on underwater round-world trip
1959 Fidel Castro named himself Cuba's premier after overthrowing Batista
1959 Leonard Spigelgass' "Majority of One," premieres in New York City
1958 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA St. Petersburg Golf Open
1956 Britain abolishes death penalty
1954 WNEM TV channel 5 in Bay City, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
1952 Hall of Famer Honus Wagner, 77, retires; Pirates retire his #33
1952 Ian Craig makes NSW cricket debut aged 16 years 249 days (NSW record)
1951 New York City passes bill prohibiting racism in city-assisted housing
1951 SF City Hall dome fire
1950 Longest-running prime-time game show, "What's My Line" begins on CBS
1950 Writers fail to elect anyone to Baseball's Hall of Fame
1948 1st newsreel telecast, "20th Century Fox-Movietone News" shown on NBC
1948 Miranda, famous moon of Uranus, photographed for 1st time
1947 Morton Gould's 3rd Symphony, premieres
1946 "Duchess Misbehaves" closes at Adelphi Theater New York City after 5 performances
1946 1st commercially designed helicopter tested, Bridgeport Connecticut
1945 U.S. forces land on Corregidor, complete conquest on March 3
1945 Venezuela declares war on nazi-Germany
1943 -32 degrees F (-36 degrees C), Falls Village, Connecticut (state record)
1943 British premier Winston Churchill gets pneumonia
1943 Red army conquers Kharkov
1943 Withdrawing Africa Corps reaches Mareth-line in North-Africa
1943 Sign on Munich facade: "Out with Hitler! Long live freedom!" done by "White Rose" student group, caught on 2/18, beheaded on 2/22
1942 German submarines attack Aruba oil refinery
1940 British search plane finds German Altmark off Norway
1938 U.S. Federal Crop Insurance program authorized
1937 DuPont Corp patents nylon, developed by employee Wallace H Carothers
1937 Jean Anouilh's "Le Voyageur Sans Baggage," premieres in Paris
1936 4th Winter Olympic games close at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
1936 Spanish Frente Popular (People's Front) wins elections
1933 Catholic newspaper Germania warns against nazis/communists
1933 England regains the Ashes, thanks to bodyline tactics
1932 1st patent issued for a tree, to James Markham for a peach tree
1931 Extreme right wing Svinhufvud becomes president of Finland
1929 KID-AM in Idaho Falls, Idaho begins radio transmissions
1927 Noel Coward's "Marquise," premieres in London
1927 U.S. restores diplomatic relations with Turkey
1926 Suzanne Lenglen defeats Helen Wills in Tennis at Cannes France
1923 Allies accept Latvia's occupation of Memel territory
1923 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld Blanchard
1923 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Sherwin Badger
1918 Lithuania declares independence from Russia and Germany (National Day)
1917 1st synagogue in 425 years opens in Madrid
1916 Russian troops conquer Erzurum Armenia
1915 Frank Home Run Baker, 28, announces retirement following a contract dispute with Connie Mack. He sits out 1915 season
1914 1st airplane flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco
1913 President Taft agrees not to intervene in Mexico
1912 VSV soccer team forms in Ijmuiden
1909 1st subway car with side doors goes into service in New York City
1909 Serbia mobilizes against Austria-Hungary
1905 1st U.S. Esperanto club organizes in Boston
1903 -59 degrees F (-51 degrees C), Pokegama Dam, Minnesota (state record)
1900 1st Chinese daily newspaper in U.S. publishes (Chung Sai Yat Po-SF)
1900 Stanley Cup: Montreal Shamrocks beat Winnipeg Victorias, 3 games to 1
1899 Pelham Warner scores 132 on Test Cricket debut (England vs. South Africa Johannesburg)
1894 British troops occupy Ilorin, Gold Coast
1892 Opera "Werther," premieres in Vienna
1887 1st newspaper convention in Rochester, New York
1887 Eduard Douwes Dekker writes his last text (Lf8-c5)
1883 "Ladies Home Journal" begins publishing
1880 American Society of Mechanical Engineers forms (New York City)
1878 Silver dollar became U.S. legal tender
1868 Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks forms (New York)
1862 Ft. Donelson captured by General Grant (1,400 confederates surrender)
1860 Dutch Rochussen/Van Bosse government resigns
1857 Gallaudet College (National Deaf Mute college) forms (Washington D.C.)
1854 Franz Liszts symphony "Orpheus," premieres
1846 Battle of Sobraon ends 1st Sikh War in India
1840 American Charles Wilkes discovers Shackleton Ice Shelf, Antarctica
1838 Kentucky passes law permitting women to attend school under conditions
1832 HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin reache St-Pauls, 1 degrees N, 29 degrees W
1824 Athenaeum founded
1804 Lt. Stephen Decatur raids Tripoli Harbor and burns Navy frigate "Philadelphia" after pirates seized it
1777 Messier adds M53 to his catalog (globular cluster in Coma Berenice)
1771 Messier presents his original list of 45 M-objects to French Academy
1760 Native American hostages killed in Ft. Prince George
1751 1st publication of Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard"
1742 Earl of Wilmington becomes British premier
1741 Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine, 2nd U.S. magazine begins publishing
1677 Earl of Shaftesbury arrested/confined in London Tower
1666 Netherlands and Brandenburg sign treaty
1659 1st known check (400 pounds) (on display at Westminster Abbey)
1655 Dutch Grand Pensionary advisor Johan de Witt marries Wendela Bicker
1641 English king Charles I accept Triennial Act
1559 Pope Paul IV calls for deposition of sovereigns supporting heresy
1512 Battle at Valeggio: French troops beat Venetianen
1486 Diet of Frankfort
600 Pope Gregory the Great decreea saying "God bless You" is the correct response to a sneeze
374 9th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet