Holidays Calendar for February 16, 2016

Day of Restoration of the State of Lithuania is a Lithuanian public holiday celebrated on February 16 each year. It can be considered the country's Independence Day.

The birthday of Kim Jon-il, late Supreme Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is a public holiday in North Korea. It is also referred to as the Day of Shining Star. The holiday falls on February 16.

Do a Grouch a Favor Day is one of those weird informal holidays of unknown origin that are actually not so silly as they might seem at first sight. This day occurs every year on February 16.

February 16 is National Almond Day. Celebrate this holiday with homemade almond cookies or cake. You can also fry almonds to make your own nut snack.

This Day in History

  • 2013 A bomb exploded at market in Hazara Town on the outskirts of Quetta, Pakistan. At least 110 people were killed and 200 injured, most of them were Shia Hazaras.
  • 2013 Died: Tony Sheridan, English rock and roll guitarist and singer-songwriter. He is best known for his early collaboration with The Beatles.
  • 2012 Died: Anthony Shadid, American reporter, foreign correspondent for The New York Times based in Baghdad and Beirut, Pulitzer Prize winner.
  • 2006 The last MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) was decommissioned by the U.S. Army. The successor to the MASH is the Combat Support Hospital (CSH).
  • 2005 The Kyoto Protocol entered into force. It is an international treaty that commits State Parties to reduce greenhouse gases emissions.
  • 2000 Died: Lila Kedrova, Russian-born French actress who is best kown for her role as Madame Hortense in the 1964 film Zorba the Greek.
  • 1998 China Airlines Flight 676 crashed into a road and residential area in Tayuan, Taiwan. The crash was caused by bad weather and pilot error. 203 people were killed.
  • 1992 Died: Angela Carter, English novelist and journalist who is known for her magical realism, feminism, and picaresque works.
  • 1983 The Ash Wednesday bushfires occurred in south-eastern Australia, killing 75 people and injuring more than 2,000 in Victoria and South Australia.
  • 1978 The first bulletin board system (BBS) went online in Chicago, Illinois. It was developed by Randy Suess and Ward Christensen.
  • 1968 The first-ever 9-1-1 call was made in Haleyville, Alabama. The phone used to answer this call, a bright red model, is now in a museum in Haleyville.
  • 1964 Born: Christopher Eccleston, English actor known for his numerous television roles. He played the Ninth Doctor in the BBC television series Doctor Who.
  • 1961 Born: Andy Taylor, English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is a former member of the bands Duran Duran and The Power Station.
  • 1959 Fidel Castro was sworn in as Prime Minister of Cuba after dictator Fulgencio Batista was overthrown on January 1.
  • 1959 Born: John McEnroe, American professional tennis player. During his career, McEnroe won 77 ATP-listed singles titles and 71 in doubles.
  • 1957 Born: LeVar Burton, American actor, director, producer, presenter, and author. He is known for his role as Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • 1944 Died: Dadasaheb Phalke, Indian film director, screenwriter, and producer who is considered to be the father of Indian cinema. He filmed India's first full-length feature.
  • 1944 Born: Richard Ford, American novelist and short story writer whose best known works are The Sportswriter, Independence Day, and The Lay of the Land.
  • 1932 Died: Ferdinand Buisson, French educator, philosopher, pacifist, and politician. He was awarded the 1927 Nobel Peace Prize jointly with Ludwig Quidde.
  • 1923 English archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter opened the sealed burial chamber of Pharaoh Tutankhamun and got his first glimpse of the sarcophagus.
  • 1919 Died: Vera Kholodnaya, Russian actress who the first star of Russian silent cinema. She died at age 25, presumably of the Spanish flu.
  • 1909 Born: Richard McDonald, American fast food pioneer, who co-founded the first McDonald's restaurant with his elder brother Maurice McDonald.
  • 1907 Died: Giosuè Carducci, Italian poet and educator who was awarded the 1906 Nobel Prize in Literature. He was regarded as the official national poet of modern Italy.
  • 1906 Born: Vera Menchik, British-Czech chess player, the world's first women's chess champion. She defeated many of the leading male chess masters.
  • 1899 Died: Félix Faure, French politician, the 7th President of France. The latter day of his presidency were infamous for the Dreyfus affair.
  • 1838 Born: Henry Adams, American historian who is best known for his works The Education of Henry Adams and The History of the United States of America 1801–1817.
  • 1834 Born: Ernst Haeckel, German naturalist, biologist, physician, philosopher, artist, and professor who discovered and described thousands of new species and coined many scientific terms.
  • 1812 Born: Henry Wilson, the 18th Vice President of the United States. Wilson was a Radical Republican and a strong opponent of slavery.
  • 1754 Died: Richard Mead, English physician who is known for having made a significant contribution to the understanding of transmissible diseases.
  • 1646 The last major battle of the first English Civil War occurred. It was the Battle of Torrington that marked the end of Royalist resistance in the West Country.