On This Day in History, February 16

This National Almond’s Day, you can step into the kitchen and add almonds to your savory cooking. While enjoying the almond flavor on your foods, also indulge in our factual information of events that happened on February 16 and made it to history.

Here is what happened on this day in history!

  • 1742 – Spencer Compton became the Prime Minister of Great Britain.
  • 1861 – Abraham Lincoln stopped his train at Westfield to thank 11-year-old Grace Bedell in person for her advice to grow a beard to gain more votes.
  • 1916 – The German ambassador in Washington announced that Germany to pay an indemnity for American lives lost on the Lusitania.
  • 1923 – The burial chamber of Pharoh Tutankhamun was opened.
  • 1937 – Wallace H. Carothers, a research chemist for Du Pont, received a patent for nylon.
  • 1938 – President Franklin Roosevelt signed a new version of the Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA).
  • 1950 – Truman announced his “non-political” campaign, intended to help democrats run for seats in Congress.
  • 1959 – Fidel Castro was sworn in as Cuba’s prime minister.
  • 1965 – The Chairman of the British Railways Board, Dr. Richard Beeching, outlined transport needs that recommend a quarter of the British railway system to be shut down.
  • 1968 – The first U.S. 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville.
  • 1968Elvis Presley received a gold record for “How Great Thou Art”.
  • 1970 – Joe Frazier TKOs Jimmy Ellis in 5 for heavyweight boxing title.
  • 1986 – Mário Soares from the Socialist Party was elected the 1st civilian President of Portugal.
  • 1989 – Dodgers pitcher Orel Hershiser signed a $7.9M-3 year contract.
  • 1992 – Ethiopia found the remains of former Emperor Haile Selassie on the grounds of the Imperial Palace.
  • 1999 – O.J. Simpson’s 1968 Heisman Trophy was sold for $230,000 to help settle a $33.5 million civil judgement against Simpson for the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend.
  • 2005 – The Kyoto Protocol came into force following its ratification by Russia.
  • 2005 – The UK version of “The Apprentice” with British business magnate Alan Sugar premiered on the BBC.
  • 2013 – Lionel Messi scored his 14th consecutive goal in La Liga and his 300th goal in 365 appearances for Barcelona.
  • 2013Angelina Jolie underwent a preventive double mastectomy after learning she had an 87% risk of developing breast cancer due to a defective BRCA1 gene

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