Today in History, English
Today in History, English

18211February 16Event1934 – The Austrian Civil War ends with the defeat of the Social Democrats and the Republikanischer Schutzbund.
18212February 16Event1936 – Elections bring the Popular Front to power in Spain.
18213February 16Event1937 – Wallace H. Carothers receives a United States patent for nylon.
18214February 16Event1940 – World War II: Altmark Incident: The German tanker Altmark is boarded by sailors from the British destroyer HMS Cossack. 299 British prisoners are freed.
18215February 16Event1943 – World War II: Red Army troops re-enter Kharkov.
18216February 16Event1943 – World War II: Insertion of Operation Gunnerside, Norway.
18217February 16Event1945 – World War II: American forces land on Corregidor Island in the Philippines.
18218February 16Event1957 – The "Toddlers' Truce", a controversial television close down between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm is abolished in the United Kingdom.
18219February 16Event1959 – Fidel Castro becomes Premier of Cuba after dictator Fulgencio Batista was overthrown on January 1.
18220February 16Event1960 – The U.S. Navy submarine USS Triton begins Operation Sandblast, setting sail from New London, Connecticut, to begin the first submerged circumnavigation of the globe.
18221February 16Event1961 – Explorer program: Explorer 9 (S-56a) is launched.
18222February 16Event1961 – The DuSable Museum of African American History is chartered.
18223February 16Event1962 – Flooding in the coastal areas of West Germany kills 315 and destroys the homes of about 60,000 people.
18224February 16Event1968 – In Haleyville, Alabama, the first 9-1-1 emergency telephone system goes into service.
18225February 16Event1978 – The first computer bulletin board system is created (CBBS in Chicago).
18226February 16Event1983 – The Ash Wednesday bushfires in Victoria and South Australia kill 75.
18227February 16Event1985 – Hezbollah is founded.
18228February 16Event1986 – The Soviet liner MS Mikhail Lermontov runs aground in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand.
18229February 16Event1987 – The trial of John Demjanjuk, accused of being a Nazi guard dubbed "Ivan the Terrible" in Treblinka extermination camp, starts in Jerusalem.
18230February 16Event1991 – Nicaraguan Contras leader Enrique Bermúdez is assassinated in Managua.
18231February 16Event1998 – China Airlines Flight 676 crashes into a road and residential area near Chiang Kai-shek International Airport in Taiwan, killing all 196 aboard and seven more on the ground.
18232February 16Event1999 – In Uzbekistan, a bomb explodes and gunfire is heard at the government headquarters in an apparent assassination attempt against President Islom Karimov.
18233February 16Event1999 – Across Europe, Kurdish rebels take over embassies and hold hostages after Turkey arrests one of their rebel leaders, Abdullah Öcalan.
18234February 16Event2005 – The Kyoto Protocol comes into force, following its ratification by Russia.
18235February 16Event2005 – The National Hockey League cancels the entire 2004-2005 regular season and playoffs.
18236February 16Event2006 – The last Mobile army surgical hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army.
18237February 16Event2013 – A bomb blast at a market in Hazara Town in Quetta, Pakistan kills more than 80 people and injures 190 others.
18238February 16Event2015 – A CSX train crashes in Mount Carbon, West Virginia resulting in large fires.
18239February 16Birth1032 – Emperor Yingzong of Song (d. 1067)
18240February 16Birth1304 – Jayaatu Khan, Emperor Wenzong of Yuan (d. 1332)

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