Historical Events for 16th February 2023

1646 – Battle of Great Torrington, Devon – the last major battle of the first English Civil War
1892 – Opera “Werther” by Jules Massenet premieres in Vienna
1909 – 1st subway car with side doors goes into service (NYC)
1916 – Russian troops conquer the Ottoman Empire city of Erzurum during WWI
1916 – The US rejects the right of Germany and Austria-Hungary to sink armed merchant ships
1961 – 1st all-solid-propellant rocket put in orbit, Wallops Island, Virginia
1963 – 1st round-trip swim of Strait of Messina, Italy (Mary Revell of US)
1966 – End of Wally Grout’s Test Cricket career, 187 dismissals as Australian wicketkeeper
1973 – West Indies v Australia at Kingston, 1st time since 1955 without Gary Sobers
1975 – 17th Daytona 500: Benny Parsons wins after Cale Yarborough sends race leader David Pearson spinning on the backstretch; Parsons avoids the accident and takes the victory

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