What Happened on February 16

Significant 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 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.
More Historical Events

February 16 in Film & TV

  • 1938 "Bringing Up Baby" film directed by Howard Hawks, starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, is released

February 16 in Music

  • 1963 Beatles top British rock charts with "Please, Please Me"
  • 1968 Beatles George Harrison, John Lennon and their wives fly to India for transcendental meditation study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

February 16 in Sport

  • 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

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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