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Notable Historical Events for February 16th

1959Fidel Castro names himself Cuba's premier after overthrowing Batista

1832HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin reaches St-Pauls (1°N, 29°W)

1972Wilt Chamberlain hit 30,000 point mark during a game with Phoenix Suns

201467th British Academy Film Awards: 12 Years a Slave, Chiwetel Ejiofor, & Cate Blanchett win

1992LA Lakers retire Magic Johnson's #32 uniform

1641English king Charles I accepts Triennial Act

1943Sign on Munich facade: "Out with Hitler! Long live freedom!" done by "White Rose" student group, caught on 2/18, beheaded on 2/22

1943British premier Winston Churchill gets pneumonia

1923Howard Carter opens the inner burial chamber of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen's tomb and finds the sarcophagus

1968Beatles George Harrison, John Lennon and their wifes fly to India for transcendental meditation study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

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Notable Birthdays on February 16th

1942Kim Jong-il, Supreme Leader of North Korea (1994-2011) [disputed birthdate, 1941]

1959John McEnroe, Wiesbaden, Germany, American tennis great (US Open 1979-81, 84 Wimb 1981, 83, 84)

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Notable Weddings on February 16th

1784American Revolutionary War patriot Ethan Allen (46) weds second wife Frances Montresor Brush Buchanan

1967Hairdresser and businessman Vidal Sassoon (39) weds actress Beverly Adams (21)

1948Baseball player and manager Leo Durocher (41) weds actress Laraine Day (27) in Santa Monica, California

1734Jurist William Allen (29) weds Margaret Hamilton

1969Country singer Tammy Wynette (26) weds musician George Jones (37)

1867Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald (52) weds Agnes Bernard (30) at St George's Church in Hanover Square, London

1955Playwright Brendan Behan (32) weds Beatrice Salkeld at Donnybrook Church in Dublin, Ireland

1974MLB player Mike Schmidt (24) weds Donna Wightman

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Notable Divorces on February 16th

1989Jane Fonda & Tom Hayden separate after 16 years of marriage

1982Lee Majors & Farrah Fawcett Majors divorce

February 16th Divorces
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Notable Deaths on February 16th

2013Tony Sheridan, English singer-songwriter and guitarist, dies at 72

1990Keith Haring, American graffiti artist (brilliant baby), dies of AIDS at 31

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