On this day..... February 16

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FEBRUARY 16

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL CAREGIVERS DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL DO A GROUCH A FAVOR DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL ALMOND DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL TARTAR SAUCE DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • SONNY BONO (1935-1998)
  • CARL ICAHN (1936, 82)
  • KIM JONG-IL (1942-2011)
  • JAMES INGRAM (1952, 66)


  • LEVAR BURTON (1957, 61)
  • ICE T (1958, 60)
  • JOHN MCENROE (1959, 59)
  • THE WEEKND (ABEL TESFAYE) (1990, 28)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 600, POPE GREGORY THE GREAT DECRIES THAT THE APPROPRIATE RESPONSE TO A SNEEZE IS “GOD BLESS YOU”
  • IN 1741, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN BEGINS PUBLISHING “GENERAL MAGAZINE”
  • IN 1862, GENERAL ULYSSES GRANT CAPTURES FORT DONELSON AND 12,000 CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS IN THE CIVIL WAR
  • IN 1883, “LADIES HOME JOURNAL” BEGINS PUBLISHING


  • IN 1923, HOWARD CARTER FINDS KING TUT’S TOMB
  • IN 1936, THE 4TH WINTER GAMES IN GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN GERMANY CLOSE
  • IN 1937, DUPONT PATENTS NYLON
  • IN 1938, HOWARD HAWKS’ “BRINGING UP BABY” OPENS STARRING KATHERINE HEPBURN AND CARY GRANT


  • IN 1942, JAPANESE SOLDIERS KILL 82 IN THE BANGKA ISLAND MASSACRE
  • IN 1948, NBC AIRS THE FIRST EVER DAILY TELEVISION NEWS BROADCAST
  • IN 1950, CBS PREMIERES “WHAT’S MY LINE?”
  • IN 1959, FIDEL CASTRO BECOMES PRIME MINISTER OF CUBA AFTER OVERTHROWING THE GOVERNMENT OF FULGENCIO BATISTA
  • IN 1963, THE BEATLES HIT #1 WITH “PLEASE, PLEASE ME”


  • IN 1968, THE FIRST 911 PHONE SYSTEM ACTIVATES IN HALEYVILLE, ALABAMA
  • IN 1968, ELVIS PRESLEY GOES GOLD WITH THE SINGLE “HOW GREAT THOU ART”
  • IN 1969, TAMMY WYNETTE MARRIES GEORGE JONES
  • IN 1970, JOE FRAZIER BEATS JIMMY ELLIS IN 5 ROUNDS FOR THE HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE
  • IN 1972, WILT CHAMBERLAIN PASSES 30,000 POINTS IN THE NBA
  • IN 1974, BOB DYLAN BEGAN A FOUR WEEK RUN AT #1 WITH “PLANET WAVES”, HIS FIRST ALBUM TO TOP THE CHARTS


  • IN 1974, THE MEMBERS OF EMERSON, LAKE AND PALMER ARE ARRESTED WHILE ON TOUR FOR SKINNY DIPPING IN A HOTEL POOL
  • IN 1975, CHER DEBUTS HER SOLO TALK SHOW AFTER ENDING HER SHOW WITH EX-HUSBAND SONNY BONO
  • IN 1982, LEE MAJORS & FARRAH FAWCETT DIVORCE
  • IN 1985, LEBONESE MILITANTS FOUND HEZBOLLAH, THE “PARTY OF GOD”
  • IN 1989, ROGER CLEMENS SIGNS A THREE YEAR CONTRACT WITH THE RED SOX FOR $7.5 MILLION
  • IN 1989, JANE FONDA DIVORCES HUSBAND TOM HAYDEN AFTER 16 YEARS
  • IN 1991, TONYA HARDING WINS THE US FEMALE FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIP
  • IN 1991, THE SIMPSONS CAST HIT #1 ON THE BRITISH SINGLES CHART WITH “DO THE BARTMAN”, WRITTEN BY MICHAEL JACKSON


  • IN 1999, O.J. SIMPSON SELLS HIS HEISMAN TROPHY FOR $230,000 AS PART OF HIS SETTLEMENT FOR $33.5 MILLION TO THE FAMILIES OF HIS EX-WIFE & RON GOLDMAN
  • IN 2005, RUSSIA RATIFIES THE KYOTO PROTOCOL, MAKING IT OFFICIAL
  • IN 2005, KID ROCK IS ARRESTED FOR PUNCHING A DJ AT A STRIP CLUB. HE INITIALLY LEFT THE CLUB AND GOT PULLED OVER BY AN OFFICER WHO WAS LATER FIRED FOR GETTING AN AUTOGRAPH INSTEAD OF A BREATHYLIZER
  • IN 2013, ANGELINA JOLIE UNDERGOES A PREVENTATIVE DOUBLE MASTECTOMY AFTER LEARNING SHE GENETICALLY HAS AN 87% CHANCE OF BREAST CANCER
  • IN 2015, LESLIE GORE DIES OF LUNG CANCER AT 68

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