Today in History – February 16 – India and World is designed for those people who are preparing for some competitive exam and need to study history. This chronologically arranged historical events help them to remember whatever they studied and helps in quickly recalling the detailed incidents. The whole article has been divided into two parts – historical events that took place in India on this day and historical events that took place in rest of the world on this very day. The purpose of doing so is to ensure that Indians who are appearing for such competitive exams in India can focus on Indian history quickly.
What Happened On This Day in History – February 16
Today in History – February 16: “India”
1759: French siege of Madras came to an end on this day.
1944: Dadasaheb Phalke – one of the most eminent screenwriter, producer and director – died on this day.
1956: Meghnad Saha – one of the most eminent scientists of India – died on this day.
1982: Jawaharlal Nehru Invitation International Gold Cup Football Tournament was staged for the first time.
1987: SSK (submarine-to-submarine killer) missile was inducted into the Indian Navy on this day.
Today in History – February 16: “World”
1646: Battle of Torrington, Devon took place on this day. It was the last major battle that was fought during the first British Civil War.
1742: Earl of Wilmington – Spencer Compton – became the Prime Minister of Britain on this day.
1862: During American Civil War, Fort Donelson in Tennessee was captured by General Ulysses S. Grant.
1881: Act of Parliament at Ottawa incorporated the Canadian Pacific Railway.
1918: Act of Independence was unanimously adopted by Council of Lithuania under which Lithuania was declared as an independent state.
1923: Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s burial chamber was unsealed by Howard Carter.
1933: Prohibition in the United States was ended by the Blaine Act.
1943: In Third Battle of Kharkov’s early phase during WWII, Red Army troops managed to re-enter the city.
1959: Fidel Castro became Cuba’s Premier on this day after Fulgencio Batista (dictator of Cuba) was overthrown on January 1.
1968: The first 9-1-1 emergency telephone system entered service in Haleyville, Alabama.
1985: Hezbollah was founded on this day.