February 16: Day of the Week
February 16, 2021 was the 47th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 318 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Tuesday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is mardi.
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Here’s the February calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
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)
- 1646Battle of Torrington, Devon – the last major battle of the first English Civil War.
- 1904New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Dragon in Chinese astrology.
- 1918The Council of Lithuania unanimously adopts the Act of Independence, declaring Lithuania an independent state.
- 1940World War II: Altmark Incident: The German tanker Altmark is boarded by sailors from the British destroyer HMS Cossack. 299 British prisoners are freed.
- 1960The U.S. Navy submarine USS Triton begins Operation Sandblast, setting sail from New London, Connecticut, to begin the first submerged circumnavigation of the globe.
- 1961The DuSable Museum of African American History is chartered.
- 1968In Haleyville, Alabama, the first 9-1-1 emergency telephone system goes into service.
- 1978The first computer bulletin board system is created (CBBS in Chicago, Illinois).
- 1999In Uzbekistan, a bomb explodes and gunfire is heard at the government headquarters in an apparent assassination attempt against President Islam Karimov.
- 2006The last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army.
Who were born on February 16?
- 1822Sir Francis Galton, English explorer, biologist and statistician (d. 1911)
- 1903Georges-Henri Lévesque, Quebec priest and sociologist (d. 2000)
- 1909Richard McDonald, American fast food entrepreneur (d. 1998)
- 1929Gerhard Hanappi, Austrian footballer (d. 1980)
- 1937Yuri Manin, Russian mathematician
- 1951William Katt, American actor
- 1957LeVar Burton, American actor
- 1964Bebeto, Brazilian footballer
- 1980Ashley Lelie, American football player
- 1983Tuomo Ruutu, Finnish ice hockey player
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