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This Day In History: Feb. 16

This Day in History

1923: The burial chamber of King Tutankhamen's tomb, which was recently discovered, is unsealed in Egypt by archaeologists.
1945: U.S. troops land on Corregidor in the Philippines during World War II.
1959: Fidel Castro becomes prime minister of Cuba.
1968: The first 911 telephone emergency system in the United States goes into operation, in Haleyville, AL.
2005: The Kyoto Protocol for the reduction of greenhouse gases takes effect for the 141 nations that have ratified it since it was drawn up in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997.

Today's Birthdays

1838: Henry Adams, historian/journalist (Boston, MA; died 1918)
1886: Van Wyck Brooks, literary critic/cultural historian (Plainfield, NJ; died 1963)
1903: Edgar Bergen, entertainer/ventriloquist (Chicago, IL; died 1978)
1904: George F. Kennan, historian and diplomat (Milwaukee, WI; died 2005)
1920: Patty Andrews, singer (Minneapolis, MN)
1955: William Katt, actor (Los Angeles, CA)
1956: James Ingram, singer/songwriter (Akron, OH)
1957: LeVar Burton, actor (Landstuhl, West Germany)
1958: Ice-T, rap singer (Newark, NJ)
1959: John McEnroe, tennis champion (Wiesbaden, West Germany). Kelly Tripucka, basketball player (Glen Ridge, NJ)
1977: Ahman Green, football player (Omaha, NE)


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