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Thursday February 16, 2017

February 16: Day of the Week

February 16, 2017 was the 47th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 318 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.

If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is jueves.

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Here’s the February calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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Zodiac & Birthstone

Aquarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

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February 16 Historical Event(s)

  • 1742
    Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, becomes British Prime Minister.
  • 1866
    Spencer Compton Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington becomes British Secretary of State for War.
  • 1945
    World War II: American forces land on Corregidor Island in the Philippines.
  • 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.
  • 1961
    Explorer program: Explorer 9 (S-56a) is launched.
  • 1980
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Monkey in Chinese astrology.
  • 1987
    The trial of John Demjanjuk, accused of being a Nazi guard dubbed “Ivan the Terrible” in Treblinka extermination camp, starts in Jerusalem.
  • 1998
    China Airlines Flight 676 crashes into a road and residential area near Chiang Kai-shek International Airport in Taiwan, killing all 196 aboard and six more on the ground.
  • 1999
    Across Europe, Kurdish rebels take over embassies and hold hostages after Turkey arrests one of their rebel leaders, Abdullah Öcalan.
  • 2005
    The Kyoto Protocol comes into force, following its ratification by Russia.

Who were born on February 16?

  • 1727
    Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin, Austrian scientist (d. 1817)
  • 1826
    Joseph Victor von Scheffel, German poet (d. 1886)
  • 1896
    Eugénie Blanchard, French supercentenarian (d. 2010)
  • 1922
    Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, German night fighter pilot (d. 1950)
  • 1926
    John Schlesinger, English film director (d. 2003)
  • 1937
    Yuri Manin, Russian mathematician
  • 1960
    Cherie Chung, Hong Kong actress
  • 1960
    Pete Willis, English guitarist (Def Leppard)
  • 1964
    Bebeto, Brazilian footballer
  • 1971
    Amanda Holden, British actress

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