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What Happened on February 16

Important 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 Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb and finds the sarcophagus
  • 1959 Fidel Castro becomes the 16th Prime Minister of Cuba after overthrowing Fulgencio Batista
  • 2005 The Kyoto Protocol comes into force following its ratification by Russia.
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  • 1926 Suzanne Lenglen defeats US champion Helen Wills in influential tennis match in Cannes, France

Did You Know?

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

On February 16, 600

Would You Believe?

China announces it will relocate 9,000 people in Guizhou province, before completion of world's largest telescope (FAST), designed to look for extraterrestrial life

On February 16, 2016

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