Historical Events for 16th February 2024

1646 – Battle of Great Torrington, Devon – the last major battle of the first English Civil War
1804 – US Navy Lt Stephen Decatur raids Tripoli Harbor and burns Navy frigate “Philadelphia” after it is seized by pirates
1824 – Athenaeum club founded in London
1892 – Opera “Werther” by Jules Massenet premieres in Vienna
1951 – San Francisco City Hall dome fire
1966 – France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker, Algeria
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
1984 – 3-time men’s figure skating world champion Scott Hamilton of the US wins the gold medal at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics from Brian Orser of Canada and Jozef Sabovčík of Czechoslovakia
1992 – Ethiopia finds the remains of former Emperor Haile Selassie on the grounds of the Imperial Palace, under the private lavatory of dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam, who overthrew the Emperor
2016 – China announces it will relocate 9,000 people in Guizhou province, before completion of world’s largest telescope (FAST), designed to look for extraterrestrial life

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