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February 16 – Today In History

We take a look at some of the events that occurred on February 16th.

Today In …

1857 - The first school for the education of the deaf was established. The National Deaf Mute College located in Washington D.C. would later be renamed Gallaudet College.

1923 - King Tutankhamen’s tomb was unsealed by Howard Carter.

1937 - Nylon was patented by Wallace Carothers who happened to be working for the DuPont company.

1959 - Fidel Castro became the leader of Cuba.

1968 - Haleyville, Alabama became the location of the first 9-1-1 Emergency call system.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Edgar Bergen the ventriloquist best known for his act with Charlie McCarthy and father of actress Candice Bergen was born in 1903.

Hugh Beaumont best known as Ward Cleaver on the TV show “Leave it to Beaver” was born in 1909.

Jerome Bettis, “The Bus”, the former football player and now commentator was born in 1972.

Sonny Bono the actor/comedian/singer/politician who not only sang “I Got You Babe” with Cher but was also a Congressman from California, was born in 1935.

Jeremy Bulloch the actor best known as Boba Fett in the Star Wars movies “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi” and who also made an appearance as another character in “Revenge of the Sith” was born in 1945.

LeVar Burton who starred on TV’s “Reading Rainbow” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” was born in 1957.

Margaux Hemingway the model and actress was born in 1954.

Ice-T the rapper and actor from TV’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” was born in 1959.

James Ingram the singer behind the song “Where Did My Heart Go?” was born in 1957.

Kim Jong-Il the leader of North Korea was born in 1941.

John McEnroe the famed tennis player was born in 1959.

Andy Taylor guitarist for the band Duran Duran which were behind such hits as “Hungry Like the Wolf”, “Rio” and “A View to a Kill” was born in 1961.

Pete Willis the former guitarist for the rock band Def Leppard was born in 1960. Willis played on the band’s first two albums before being replaced by Phil Collen during the recording of “Pyromania”.

We Said Goodbye To…

Roger Bowen who appeared in the movies “M*A*S*H” and “What About Bob” passed away in 1996 at the age of 63.

Smiley Burnette the lovable actor who appeared in films and on TV’s “Petticoat Junction” passed away in 1967 at the age of 55.

Howard Da Silva the actor of film, TV and stage who starred in Broadway’s “Oklahoma!” and as Benjamin Franklin in “1776” passed away in 1986 at the age of 76.

Nicole DeHuff the actress best known for her work in the hit comedy “Meet the Parents” passed away in 2005 at the age of 30.

Mike Durham better known as Johnny Grunge, one half of the wrestling team Public Enemy with partner Rocco Rock, passed away in 2006 at the age of 39.

Doris Troy who sang the song “Just One Look” passed away in 2004 at the age of 67.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1957 - “Young Love” by Tab Hunter
1974 - On The Country Charts – “That’s the Way Love Goes” by Johnny Rodriguez
1980 - “Do That To Me One More Time” by Captain and Tennille
1985- “Careless Whisper” by Wham!

Memorable Sports Moments In…

1970 - Joe Frazier became the Heavyweight World Boxing Champion when he defeated Jimmy Ellis in round five via K.O.

1972 - Wilt Chamberlain makes basketball history when he scores point number 30,000.

2005 - After labor disputes couldn’t be resolved, the 2004-2005 National Hockey League season was officially cancelled.

In Print In…

1883 - The first issue of “Ladies Home Journal” was published today.





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