Monday, October 3, 2022 (Week 40)

February 16 in History

What happened on February 16 in history?

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on february 16 in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened on february 16 in history.

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1978
China and Japan sign a $20 billion trade pact, which is the most important move since the 1972 resumption of diplomatic ties.
1966
The World Council of Churches being held in Geneva, urges immediate peace in Vietnam.
1965
Four persons are held in a plot to blow up the Statue of Liberty, Liberty Bell and the Washington Monument.
1959
Fidel Castro takes the oath as Cuban premier in Havana.
1957
A U.S. flag flies over an outpost in Wilkes Land, Antarctica.
1952
The FBI arrests 10 members of the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina.
1951
Stalin contends the U.N. is becoming the weapon of aggressive war.
1945
American paratroopers land on Corregidor, in a campaign to liberate the Philippines.
1942
Tojo outlines Japan’s war aims to the Diet, referring to “new order of coexistence” in East Asia.
1940
The British destroyer HMS Cossack rescues British seamen from a German prison ship, the Altmark, in a Norwegian fjord.
1937
Dupont patents a new thread, nylon, which will replace silk in a number of products and reduce costs.
1934
Thousands of Socialists battle Communists at a rally in New York’s Madison Square Garden.
1923
Bessie Smith makes her first recording “Down Hearted Blues.”
1865
Columbia, South Carolina, surrenders to Federal troops.
1862
Fort Donelson, Tennessee, falls to Grant‘s Federal forces, but not before Nathan Bedford Forrest escapes.
1804
US Navy lieutenant Steven Decatur leads a small group of sailors into Tripoli harbor and burns the USS Philadelphia, captured earlier by Barbary pirates.
1760
Cherokee Indians held hostage at Fort St. George are killed in revenge for Indian attacks on frontier settlements.