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Friday 16 February 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Restoration of Lithuania's Statehood Day, celebrate the independence of Lithuania from Russia and Germany in 1918 (Lithuania)

Events

  • 2006 – The last Mobile army surgical hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army.
  • 1985 Hezbollah is founded.
  • 1978 The first computer bulletin board system is created (CBBS in Chicago).
  • 1968 – In Haleyville, Alabama, the first 9-1-1 emergency telephone system goes into service.
  • 1960 The U.S. Navy submarine USS Triton begins Operation Sandblast, setting sail from New London, Connecticut, to begin the first submerged circumnavigation of the globe.
  • 1945 – World War II: American forces land on Corregidor Island in the Philippines.
  • 1937 – Wallace H. Carothers receives a United States patent for nylon.
  • 1933 – The Blaine Act ends Prohibition in the United States.
  • 1899 Iceland's first football club, Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur, is founded.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant captures Fort Donelson, Tennessee.
  • 1804 – First Barbary War: Stephen Decatur leads a raid to burn the pirate-held frigate USS Philadelphia.
  • 1699 – First Leopoldine Diploma is issued by the Holy Roman Emperor, recognizing the Greek Catholic clergy enjoyed the same privileges as Roman Catholic priests in the Principality of Transylvania.
  • 1646 – Battle of Torrington, Devon: The last major battle of the first English Civil War.

Births

  • 1989 – Elizabeth Olsen, American actress
  • 1985 – Stacy Lewis, American golfer
  • 1981 – Jerry Owens, American baseball player
  • 1981 – Qyntel Woods, American basketball player
  • 1980 – Longineu W. Parsons III, French-American drummer
  • 1979 – Eric Mun, American-South Korean singer and actor
  • 1978 – John Tartaglia, American actor, singer, and puppeteer
  • 1977 – Ahman Green, American football player
  • 1977 – Ian Clarke, Irish-American computer scientist, founded Freenet
  • 1976 – Eric Byrnes, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1972 – Jerome Bettis, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1972 – Sarah Clarke, American actress
  • 1965 – Dave Lombardo, Cuban American drummer
  • 1959 – John McEnroe, German-American tennis player and sportscaster
  • 1959 – Kelly Tripucka, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1958 – Herb Williams, American basketball player and coach
  • 1958 – Ice-T, American rapper and actor
  • 1958 – Natalie Angier, American author
  • 1957 – LeVar Burton, German-American actor, director, and producer
  • 1954 – Margaux Hemingway, American model and actress (d. 1996)
  • 1953 – Roberta Williams, American video game designer, co-founded Sierra Entertainment
  • 1952 – James Ingram, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1952 – William Katt, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1951 – Barry Foote, American baseball player and coach
  • 1944 – Richard Ford, American novelist and short story writer
  • 1942 – Richard Williams, American tennis player and coach
  • 1938 – John Corigliano, American composer and academic
  • 1935 – Bradford Parkinson, American colonel and engineer
  • 1935 – Brian Bedford, English-American actor and director (d. 2016)
  • 1935 – Kenneth Price, American painter and sculptor (d. 2012)
  • 1935 – Sonny Bono, American actor, singer, and politician (d. 1998)
  • 1935 – Stephen Gaskin, American activist, co-founded The Farm (d. 2014)
  • 1934 – August Coppola, American author and academic (d. 2009)
  • 1934 – Marlene Hagge, American golfer
  • 1932 – Gretchen Wyler, American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 2007)
  • 1931 – Otis Blackwell, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2002)
  • 1921 – Vera-Ellen, German-American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 1981)
  • 1920 – Anna Mae Hays, American general
  • 1916 – Bill Doggett, African-American pianist and composer (d. 1996)
  • 1914 – Jimmy Wakely, American country music singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1982)
  • 1909 – Hugh Beaumont, American actor and director (d. 1982)
  • 1909 – Jeffrey Lynn, American actor (d. 1995)
  • 1909 – Richard McDonald, Irish-American businessman, co-founded McDonald's (d. 1998)
  • 1904 – George F. Kennan, Scotch-Irish American historian and diplomat, United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union (d. 2005)
  • 1904 – James Baskett, African-American actor and singer (d. 1948)
  • 1903 – Edgar Bergen, Swedish-American ventriloquist and actor (d. 1978)
  • 1901 – Chester Morris, American actor (d. 1970)
  • 1901 – Wayne King, American singer-songwriter and conductor (d. 1985)
  • 1898 – Katharine Cornell, American actress and producer (d. 1974)
  • 1887 – Kathleen Clifford, American actress (d. 1962)
  • 1884 – Robert J. Flaherty, German-Irish American director and producer (d. 1951)
  • 1878 – James Colosimo, Italian-American mob boss (d. 1920)
  • 1868 – Edward S. Curtis, American ethnologist and photographer (d. 1952)
  • 1866 – Billy Hamilton, American baseball player and manager (d. 1940)
  • 1856 – Ossian Everett Mills, American academic, founded Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (d. 1920)
  • 1845 – George Kennan, American journalist and explorer (d. 1924)
  • 1843 – Henry M. Leland, American engineer and businessman, founded Cadillac and Lincoln (d. 1932)
  • 1838 – Henry Adams, American journalist, historian, and author (d. 1918)
  • 1812 – Henry Wilson, American colonel and politician, 18th Vice President of the United States (d. 1875)
  • 1802 – Phineas Quimby, American mystic and philosopher (d. 1866)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Lesley Gore, American singer-songwriter (b. 1946)
  • 2014 – Ken Farragut, American football player (b. 1928)
  • 2014 – Michael Shea, American author (b. 1946)
  • 2012 – Anthony Shadid, American journalist (b. 1968)
  • 2012 – Elyse Knox, American model, actress, and fashion designer (b. 1917)
  • 2012 – Gary Carter, American baseball player and coach (b. 1954)
  • 2012 – John Macionis, American swimmer and lieutenant (b. 1916)
  • 2011 – Len Lesser, American actor (b. 1922)
  • 2006 – Ernie Stautner, German-American football player and coach (b. 1925)
  • 2006 – Johnny Grunge, American wrestler (b. 1966)
  • 2004 – Doris Troy, American singer-songwriter (b. 1937)
  • 2003 – Rusty Magee, American actor and composer (b. 1955)
  • 2001 – Howard W. Koch, American director and producer (b. 1916)
  • 2001 – William Masters, American gynecologist and sexologist (b. 1915)
  • 2000 – Karsten Solheim, Norwegian-American businessman, founded PING (b. 1911)
  • 2000 – Marceline Day, American actress (b. 1908)
  • 1998 – Mary Amdur, American toxicologist and public health researcher (b. 1908)
  • 1997 – Chien-Shiung Wu, Chinese-American physicist and academic (b. 1912)
  • 1996 – Brownie McGhee, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1915)
  • 1996 – Pat Brown, American lawyer and politician, 32nd Governor of California (b. 1905)
  • 1996 – Roger Bowen, American actor and author (b. 1932)
  • 1990 – Keith Haring, American painter and activist (b. 1958)
  • 1975 – Morgan Taylor, American hurdler and coach (b. 1903)
  • 1974 – John Garand, Canadian-American engineer, designed the M1 Garand Rifle(b. 1888)
  • 1967 – Smiley Burnette, American singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1911)
  • 1961 – Dazzy Vance, American baseball player (b. 1891)
  • 1957 – Josef Hofmann, Polish-American pianist and composer (b. 1876)
  • 1932 – Edgar Speyer, American-English financier and philanthropist (b. 1862)
  • 1928 – Eddie Foy, Sr., American actor and dancer (b. 1856)
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