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Notable Historical Events for February 16th

1970Joe Frazier TKOs Jimmy Ellis in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

1943British premier Winston Churchill gets pneumonia

1979George Harrison releases "Blow Away"

1968Beatles George Harrison, John Lennon and their wifes fly to India for transcendental meditation study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

1953Ted Williams safely crash-lands his damaged Panther jet, later awarded the Air medal

1832HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin reaches St-Pauls (1°N, 29°W)

1923Howard Carter opens the inner burial chamber of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen's tomb and finds the sarcophagus

2013Angelina Jolie undergoes a preventive double mastectomy after learning she had an 87% risk of developing breast cancer due to a defective BRCA1 gene

1943Sign on Munich facade: "Out with Hitler! Long live freedom!" done by "White Rose" student group, caught on 2/18, beheaded on 2/22

1641English king Charles I accepts Triennial Act

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Notable Birthdays on February 16th

1942Kim Jong-il, Supreme Leader of North Korea (1994-2011) [disputed birthdate, 1941]

1921Vera-Ellen [Westmeier Rohe], Norwood, Ohio, American actress/dancer (Wonder Man)

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Notable Weddings on February 16th

1734Jurist William Allen (29) weds Margaret Hamilton

1784American Revolutionary War patriot Ethan Allen (46) weds second wife Frances Montresor Brush Buchanan

1955Playwright Brendan Behan (32) weds Beatrice Salkeld at Donnybrook Church in Dublin, Ireland

1867Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald (52) weds Agnes Bernard (30) at St George's Church in Hanover Square, London

1969Country singer Tammy Wynette (26) weds musician George Jones (37)

1967Hairdresser and businessman Vidal Sassoon (39) weds actress Beverly Adams (21)

1974MLB player Mike Schmidt (24) weds Donna Wightman

1948Baseball player and manager Leo Durocher (41) weds actress Laraine Day (27) in Santa Monica, California

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Notable Divorces on February 16th

1982Lee Majors & Farrah Fawcett Majors divorce

1989Jane Fonda & Tom Hayden separate after 16 years of marriage

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Notable Deaths on February 16th

2013Tony Sheridan, English singer-songwriter and guitarist, dies at 72

1990Keith Haring, American graffiti artist (brilliant baby), dies of AIDS at 31

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