On This Day for 16th February

Historical Events

  • 1659 1st known cheque (£400) (on display at Westminster Abbey)
  • 1840 American Charles Wilkes discovers Shackleton Ice Shelf, Antarctica
  • 1923 Howard Carter opens the inner burial chamber of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen's tomb and finds the sarcophagus
  • 1959 Fidel Castro names himself Cuba's premier after overthrowing Batista
  • 2005 The Kyoto Protocol comes into force following its ratification by Russia.
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Did You Know?

Pope Gregory the Great decrees saying "God bless You" is the correct response to a sneeze

On February 16th, 600

Famous Weddings

  • 1655 Dutch Grand Pensionary advisor Johan de Witt marries Wendela Bicker
  • 1734 Jurist William Allen (29) weds Margaret Hamilton
  • 1784 American Revolutionary War patriot Ethan Allen (46) weds second wife Frances Montresor Brush Buchanan
  • 1867 Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald (52) weds Agnes Bernard (30) at St George's Church in Hanover Square, London
  • 1948 Baseball player and manager Leo Durocher (41) weds actress Laraine Day (27) in Santa Monica, California

Famous Divorces

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