2021 February

February 16: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on February 16

February 16th is known as Innovation Day as well as Do a Grouch a Favor Day.

Welcome to day 47 of 365! We’re still 318 days away from celebrating the new year, but we’ve gotta look forward to something right?

What better way to inspire that impact than with these incredible events and facts about this day? Tap into these amazing events to tap into your full potential.

Did you know that on this day in 1968, the first ever 911 call was made in the US? The call was made in Haleyville, Alabama by Senator Rankin Fite.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about February 16th in history!

What Happened On February 16 In History?


Reality documentary The Apprentice (UK) premiered with businessman, Lord Alan Sugar as the leading judge.

OTD in 2005: Reality documentary The Apprentice (UK) premiered with businessman

The World’s longest traffic jam from Lyon to Paris, France extended a lengthy 104 miles (167 km).


The first ever 911 call was made in the US.

The service went live on this day in Haleyville, Alabama.

Fidel Castro was sworn in as Prime Minister of Cuba.

After leading a Communist guerilla campaign that forced dictator Fulgencio Batista into exile, Castro then became the leader and was sworn in.

The first commercial helicopter, Sikorsky S51, had its first test flight.

The test took place in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA.

Winston Churchill fell ill with pneumonia.


The Austrian Civil War came to an end after four days of bloodshed.

Also known as the February Uprising, this was more a series of conflicts between Austrian socialists and the fascist government than an outright war. The socialists ultimately surrendered after as many as 1,000 casualties.

Egyptian King Tutankhamun’s coffin was discovered.

OTD in 1923: Egyptian King Tutankhamun's coffin was discovered.
English archeologist, Howard Carter entered the tomb on November 22, where everything was fully intact, untouched for over 3,000 years. Inside there were four rooms and upon opening the last chamber on this day they found the golden coffin belonging to King Tutankhamun.

Iceland’s first football club, Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkurv (Reykjavík Football Club), was founded.


The Battle of Fort Donelson ended, with nearly 14,000 Confederate soldiers surrendering.

Even though nearly 1,000 soldiers on both sides were killed at the Battle of Fort Donelson in Tennessee, the Confederate soldiers surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant.

The Shackleton Ice Shelf in Antarctica was discovered by American explorer Charles Wilkes.

OTD in 1840: The Shackleton Ice Shelf in Antarctica was discovered by American explorer Charles Wilkes.

The first known British check was written for the amount of £400.

In today's money, that's equivalent to £48,000 ($62,525).The check is currently on display at Westminster Abbey.

February 16 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

If you were born on February 16th, your zodiac sign is Aquarius.

Being a lone thinker can make Aquarians somewhat detached from their world, and the world everybody else lives in.

If you were born in February, your birthstone is the Amethyst. Ancient Greeks believed that the Amethyst protected the person wearing it from drunkenness and helped keep the wearer sober-minded.

People born on February 16 were likely conceived on or around May 26 in the previous year.

Is today is your birthday? If so, you share the same birthday with Ava Max. Here are a few other famous people born on this day.

Famous People Born On February 16

Ava Max

Ava Max

American Singer
Birthday: February 16, 1994
Age: 27 years old
Born In: Wisconsin, USA
Elizabeth Olsen

Elizabeth Olsen

American Actress
Birthday: February 16, 1989
Age: 32 years old
Born In: California, USA
Kim Jong-il

Kim Jong-il

North Korean Politician
Birthday: February 16, 1941
Died On: Dec 17, 2011 (Age 70)
Born In: Khabarovsk, Russia

Did you know that on this day, February 16th 1968, the first ever 911 call was made in the US?