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?

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

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 facts about February 16th in history!

What Happened On February 16 In History?

2005

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

Source BBC
1980

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

1968

The first ever 911 call was made in the US.

The service went live on this day in Haleyville, Alabama.
Source NENA
1959

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.
1946

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

The test took place in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA.
1943

Winston Churchill fell ill with pneumonia.

1923

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.
1899

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

1862

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.
1840

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.
1659

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.

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