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Notable Historical Events for February 16th

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

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

2013Lionel Messi scores his 14th consecutive goal in La Liga and his 300th goal in 365 appearances for Barcelona

1970Joe Frazier TKOs Jimmy Ellis in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

1913President Taft agrees not to intervene in Mexico

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

2013Angelina Jolie undergoes a preventive double mastectomy after learning she had an 87% risk of developing breast cancer due to a defective BRCA1 gene

1958Betsy Rawls wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open

1968Elvis Presley receives gold record for "How Great Thou Art"

1963North Carolina forward Billy Cunningham grabs a record 27 rebounds in a game vs Clemson

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Notable Birthdays on February 16th

1921Vera-Ellen [Westmeier Rohe], Norwood, Ohio, American actress/dancer (Wonder Man)

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

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Notable Weddings on February 16th

1974MLB player Mike Schmidt (24) weds Donna Wightman

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

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

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

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

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

1734Jurist William Allen (29) weds Margaret Hamilton

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

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Notable Divorces on February 16th

1982Lee Majors & Farrah Fawcett Majors divorce

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

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Notable Deaths on February 16th

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

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

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