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This day in history - February 16.

 

What happened on this day in history? Important events on this day in history, February 16, had a major impact on the history of the world. Pivotal occurrences that happened on February 16 surrounded events relating to the Battle of Torrington, 1st Earl of Wilmington Becoming British Prime Minister, Burning of USS Philadelphia, Foundation of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Unsealing of Tutankhamun's Burial Chamber, Battle of Corregidor, Birth of John McEnroe, First Submerged Circumnavigation of the Globe, First 9-1-1 Emergency Phone System Goes into Operation and Cancellation of the 2004-5 NHL Season. Many famous people were associated with these important events including Ralph Hopton, Thomas Fairfax, Robert Walpole, Spencer Compton, Stephen Decatur, John. A. Macdonald, Howard Carter, George M. Jones, John McEnroe, Edward L. Beach, Rankin Fite, Tom Bevill and Gary Bettman.

Battle of Torrington - February 16, 1646: On this day in history, February 16, 1646, important events took place today in Devon, England, surrounding the Battle of Torrington. During the English Civil War, the Royalists, commanded by Sir Ralph Hopton, occupied Torrington Devon, with a force of around 5,000. On February 16, 1645, the Parliamentarians, commanded by Sir Thomas Fairfax, arrived and a battle began. During the fighting, eighty barrels of Royalist gunpowder were ignited by a stray spark. The explosion destroyed Torrington Church, killing the prisoners who were being held there, and signalling the end of the battle. The Royalists escaped. The famous people associated with this historical event on this day in history: February 16, 1646 were Ralph Hopton, Thomas Fairfax. Facts on this day in History February 16: Events on this day in history: Battle of Torrington *** Date: February 16, 1646 *** Place: Devon, England *** Category: Battle *** Historical Period: 17th Century *** This day in history ***

1st Earl of Wilmington Becoming British Prime Minister - February 16, 1742: On this day in history, February 16, 1742, crucial events took place today in London, England, relating to the 1st Earl of Wilmington Becoming British Prime Minister. On February 16, 1742, Spencer Compton, 1st Earl of Wilmington, took office as the Prime Minister of Great Britain. He was a British Whig who succeeded Sir Robert Walpole, and stayed in office until his death in 1743. The famous people associated with this historical event on this day in history: February 16, 1742 were Robert Walpole, Spencer Compton. Facts on this day in History February 16: Events on this day in history: 1st Earl of Wilmington Becoming British Prime Minister *** Date: February 16, 1742 *** Place: London, England *** Category: Politics *** Historical Period: 18th Century *** This day in history ***

Burning of USS Philadelphia - February 16, 1804: On this day in history, February 16, 1804, critical events took place today in Tripoli, Libya, regarding the Burning of USS Philadelphia. On October 31, 1803, during the first Barbary War, USS Philadelphia ran aground near Tripoli, Libya. Unable to refloat her, the crew and ship were captured by the forces of Tripoli. Lieutenant Stephen Decateur and a team of 80 volunteers recaptured the ship, however they found her unseaworthy so set her alight. As the ship burned some of it's loaded cannons fired into the town. The famous people associated with this historical event on this day in history: February 16, 1804 were Stephen Decatur. Facts on this day in History February 16: Events on this day in history: Burning of USS Philadelphia *** Date: February 16, 1804 *** Place: Tripoli, Libya *** Category: War *** Historical Period: 19th Century *** This day in history ***

Foundation of the Canadian Pacific Railway - February 16, 1881: On this day in history, February 16, 1881, important events took place today in Canada, in respect of the Foundation of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Canadian Prime Minister John A. Macdonald, began the creation of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Macdonald's government signed a contract with a Montreal based company, and the relevant legislation received royal assent. The following day, February 16, 1881, the Canadian Pacific Railroad Company was founded. The famous people associated with this historical event on this day in history: February 16, 1881 were John. A. Macdonald. Facts on this day in History February 16: Events on this day in history: Foundation of the Canadian Pacific Railway *** Date: February 16, 1881 *** Place: Canada *** Category: Transport *** Historical Period: 19th Century *** This day in history ***

Unsealing of Tutankhamun's Burial Chamber - February 16, 1923: On this day in history, February 16, 1923, crucial events took place today in Luxor, Egypt, relating to the Unsealing of Tutankhamun's Burial Chamber. Following the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in November 1922, Howard Carter finally opened the sealed doorway that led to the burial chamber of the boy king, on February 16, 1923. The famous people associated with this historical event on this day in history: February 16, 1923 were Howard Carter. Facts on this day in History February 16: Events on this day in history: Unsealing of Tutankhamun's Burial Chamber *** Date: February 16, 1923 *** Place: Luxor, Egypt *** Category: Archaeology *** Historical Period: 20th Century *** This day in history ***

Battle of Corregidor - February 16, 1945: On this day in history, February 16, 1945, important events took place today in Corregidor, Phillipines, in respect of the Battle of Corregidor. The Battle of Corregidor began on February 16, 1945. Following a bombardment from American Bombers and the American Navy, 1,000 American paratroopers, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel George M. Jones, landed on the island taking the Japanese by surprise. The island was secured after 11 days of fighting, and many Japanese committed suicide rather than face capture. The famous people associated with this historical event on this day in history: February 16, 1945 were George M. Jones. Facts on this day in History February 16: Events on this day in history: Battle of Corregidor *** Date: February 16, 1945 *** Place: Corregidor, Phillipines *** Category: Battle *** Historical Period: 20th Century *** This day in history ***

Birth of John McEnroe - February 16, 1959: On this day in history, February 16, 1959, important events took place today in Hesse, West Germany, in respect of the Birth of John McEnroe. Retired American tennis player, John Patrick McEnroe, was born on February 16, 1959, in Wiesbaden, Hesse, West Germany, where his father was stationed with the U. S. Air Force. He became the world No. 1 in both singles and doubles tennis and achieved 78 Doubles and 77 singles titles. The famous people associated with this historical event on this day in history: February 16, 1959 were John McEnroe. Facts on this day in History February 16: Events on this day in history: Birth of John McEnroe *** Date: February 16, 1959 *** Place: Hesse, West Germany *** Category: Sport *** Historical Period: 20th Century *** This day in history ***

First Submerged Circumnavigation of the Globe - February 16, 1960: On this day in history, February 16, 1960, critical events took place today in Connecticut, USA, regarding the First Submerged Circumnavigation of the Globe. On February 16, 1960, USS Triton, a United States Navy nuclear powered submarine commanded by Captain Edward L. Beach, left New London, Connecticut heading for St. Peter and St. Paul Rocks. it's mission was to complete 'Operation Sandblast', a submerged circumnavigation of the globe. Having successfully completed it's mission, USS Triton arrived back in Connecticut on May 11, 1960. The famous people associated with this historical event on this day in history: February 16, 1960 were Edward L. Beach. Facts on this day in History February 16: Events on this day in history: First Submerged Circumnavigation of the Globe *** Date: February 16, 1960 *** Place: Connecticut, USA *** Category: Exploration *** Historical Period: 20th Century *** This day in history ***

First 9-1-1 Emergency Phone System Goes into Operation - February 16, 1968: On this day in history, February 16, 1968, important events took place today in Alabama, USA, surrounding the First 9-1-1 Emergency Phone System Goes into Operation. Following a meeting between the American Telephone and Telegraph Company ( AT&T) and the Federal Communications Commission, AT&T chose 9-1-1 as the nationwide number for reporting emergencies. On February 16, 1968, the first ever 9-1-1 call was made from Haleyville City Hall, by Rankin Fite, the Alabama Speaker of the House, to U.S. Rep Tom Bevill, at the city's police station. The famous people associated with this historical event on this day in history: February 16, 1968 were Rankin Fite, Tom Bevill. Facts on this day in History February 16: Events on this day in history: First 9-1-1 Emergency Phone System Goes into Operation *** Date: February 16, 1968 *** Place: Alabama, USA *** Category: Technology *** Historical Period: 20th Century *** This day in history ***

Cancellation of the 2004-5 NHL Season - February 16, 2004: On this day in history, February 16, 2004, important events took place today in New York City, USA, surrounding the Cancellation of the 2004-5 NHL Season. The official cancellation of the National Hockey League's (NHL) entire 2004-05 season, was announced on February 16, 2004. An unresolved labor dispute led to NHL Commissioner, Gary Bettman, announcing the closure of the league's head office and a lockout of the players union. The famous people associated with this historical event on this day in history: February 16, 2004 were Gary Bettman. Facts on this day in History February 16: Events on this day in history: Cancellation of the 2004-5 NHL Season *** Date: February 16, 2004 *** Place: New York City, USA *** Category: Sport *** Historical Period: 21st Century *** This day in history ***

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