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What Happened on February 16

Important Events

  • 1659 1st known cheque written (£400), now 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

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

On February 16, 600

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Abraham Lincoln stops his train at Westfield on his way to Washington to thank 11-year old Grace Bedell in person for her advice to grow a beard to gain more votes

On February 16, 1861

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