Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Today in History: Tuesday, February 16, 2016

AP Highlight in History: 
On Feb. 16, 1959, Fidel Castro became premier of Cuba a month after the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista.
 
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On this date in:
1804Lt. Stephen Decatur led a successful raid into Tripoli harbor to burn the U.S. Navy frigate Philadelphia, which had fallen into the hands of pirates.
1868The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was organized in New York City.
1918Lithuania proclaimed its independence.
1923The burial chamber of King Tutankhamen's recently unearthed tomb was unsealed in Egypt.
1937Wallace H. Carothers, a research chemist for Du Pont, received a patent for nylon.
1945American troops landed on the island of Corregidor in the Philippines during World War II.
1948NBC-TV aired the first nightly newscast, "The Camel Newsreel Theatre," which consisted of Fox Movietone newsreels.
1968The nation's first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, Ala.
2005The Kyoto global warming pact, which the U.S. never ratified, went into effect.
2005The NHL canceled what was left of its season after a round of last-gasp negotiations failed to resolve differences over a salary cap.
2011Bookstore chain Borders filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
2012A federal judge in Detroit ordered life in prison for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian man who'd tried to blow up a packed Northwest jetliner with a bomb concealed in his underwear.

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Today's Birthdays:
Actor-rapper Ice-T ("Law and Order: Special Victims Unit") turns 58 years old today.
AP Photo/Jessica Rinaldi
NameProfessionAge
James IngramR&B singer64
LeVar BurtonActor59
John McEnroeTennis Hall of Famer57
Andy TaylorRock musician (Duran Duran)55
Sarah ClarkeActress ("Twilight," "24")45
Actress Elizabeth Olsen ("Martha Marcy May Marlene") turns 27 years old today.
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