On This Day

On This Day in History for February 16 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1980 Continuous traffic jam extends 176 km north of Lyons, France
  • 1982 Agatha Barbara elected as 1st female president of Malta
  • 1982 Assembled STS-3 vehicle moves from Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) to launch pad
  • 1983 The Ash Wednesday bushfires in Victoria and South Australia claim the lives of 75 people in one of Australia's worst ever fires
  • 1985 The founding of Hezbollah.
  • 1986 French air force bombs Ouadi Doum airport in Chad
  • 1986 Karlstad skates world record 10 km (14:12.14)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1986 Mário Soares from the Socialist Party is elected the 1st civilian President of Portugal

President of Portugal Mário Soares
President of Portugal
Mário Soares
  • 1987 John Demjanjuk, accused of being "Ivan the Terrible" trial begins
  • 1988 1st documented combat action by US military advisors in El Salvador
  • 1989 Egypt, Iraq, Jordan & North Yemen form common market
  • 1989 William Hayden becomes Governor-General of Australia
  • 1991 Dutch PPR, Political Party Radicals, disbands
  • 1992 Former silver Goodyear blimps are now painted yellow & blue

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Ethiopia finds the remains of former Emperor Haile Selassie on the grounds of the Imperial Palace, under the private lavatory of dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam, who overthrew the Emperor

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie
Ethiopian Emperor
Haile Selassie
  • 1993 Western Australia's and Australia's first woman Premier, Carmen Lawrence, is voted out of office.

  • 1994 6.5 earthquake strikes South East Sumatra, kills 200
  • 1994 Johann Olav Koss skates world record 1500m (1:51.29)
  • 1994 Premier Alfonso Bustamente ends government in Peru
  • 1996 Gary Kirsten scores 188* for South Africa v UAE at Rawalpindi
  • 1998 Tellabs Inc acquires Coherent Communications Systems for $670 million
  • 1999 Across Europe, Kurdish rebels take over embassies and hold hostages after Turkey arrested one of their rebel leaders, Abdullah Öcalan.
  • 2005 The Kyoto Protocol comes into force following its ratification by Russia.
  • 2006 The last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army
  • 2013 84 people are killed and 190 are injured after a market bombing in Hazara Town, Pakistan
  • 2013 Anthony Carmona is elected President of Trinidad and Tobago
  • 2016 Former French President Nicholas Sarkozy is placed under investigation for campaign funds
  • 2016 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
  • 2017 Suicide attack on shrine of Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, Sehwan, Pakistan kills 72, Islamic State claims responsibility
  • 2017 Car bomb in Bayaa, Baghdad kills at least 48, Islamic State claims responsibility. 3rd attack in 3 days
  • 2018 More than 100,00 orangutans killed in Borneo since 1999 according to study published in "Current Biology"
  • 2018 National state of emergency declared in Ethiopia in wake of anti-government protests
  • 2019 India's new high-speed train the Vande Bharat Express breaks down on its first return trip on Delhi to Varanasi route

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 Pope Francis defrocks ex-cardinal and archbishop of Washington Theodore McCarrick for sexually abusing minors and adults. First Cardinal to be removed for sexual abuse.

  • 2020 America evacuates 400 citizens from COVID-19-infected cruise ship Diamond Princess quarantined in Yokohama port, Japan
  • 2020 'Ghost ship' cargo vessel MV Alta washed up on the Irish coast near Ballycotton by Storm Dennis, after drifting across the Atlantic from Bermuda
  • 2021 US Winter storm continues with Dallas recording its lowest temperature in 70 years minus-2 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 2021 Athens and parts of Greece covered in unusual heavy snowfall

Birthdays in History

  • 1977 Ian Clarke, Irish computer programmer
  • 1987 Jon Ossoff, American politician, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1998 Mr Jefferson, Virginia, 1st cloned calf

Weddings in History


Deaths in History