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Notable Historical Events for February 16th

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

201467th British Academy Film Awards: 12 Years a Slave, Chiwetel Ejiofor, & Cate Blanchett win

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

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

1952Hall of Famer Honus Wagner, 77, retires; Pirates retire his #33

1992LA Lakers retire Magic Johnson's #32 uniform

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

1741Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine (2nd US Mag) begins publishing

1913President Taft agrees not to intervene in Mexico

1943British premier Winston Churchill gets pneumonia

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Notable Birthdays on February 16th

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

1959John McEnroe, Wiesbaden, Germany, American tennis great (US Open 1979-81, 84 Wimb 1981, 83, 84)

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Notable Weddings on February 16th

1974MLB player Mike Schmidt (24) weds Donna Wightman

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

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

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

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

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

1734Jurist William Allen (29) weds Margaret Hamilton

February 16th Weddings
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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

February 16th Divorces
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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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