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Original hand-written Act of Independence of Lithuania with twenty original signatures of signatories
, Chinese New Year , Korean New Year in Bhutan and Tibet, Losar in Mongolia, and Tsagaan Sar others (2018);
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1742 – became Spencer Compton British Prime Minister, but ended up being a figurehead for the true leader of the British Government: Lord Carteret, the Secretary of State for the Northern Department.
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1849 – The French Government passed a law to set the A above middle C to a frequency of 435 Hz, in an attempt to standardize the and combat pitch inflation.
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1899 – French President suddenly died from Félix Faure apoplexy while having sexual activities with Marguerite Steinheil in his office.
1934 – The ended with the military of the Austrian Civil War First Austrian Republic defeating the Social Democrats and the Republikanischer Schutzbund, leaving at least several hundred people dead in the five-day conflict.
1940 – Second World War: The British Royal Navy the boarded and captured German tanker and freed 299 captured British sailors.
1946 – The Sikorsky S-51 (pictured), the first helicopter to be built for civilian instead of military use, made its first flight.
1960 – The U.S. Navy submarine set sail from USS Triton New London, Connecticut, to begin the first submerged circumnavigation of the globe.
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1968 – The first 9-1-1 emergency telephone system for the North American Numbering Plan went into service in Haleyville, Alabama.
1977 – Archbishop of the Janani Luwum Church of Uganda, a leading voice against the regime of Idi Amin, was arrested for treason and murdered the next day.
1978 – The first computer bulletin board system, , was established by CBBS Ward Christensen during a blizzard in Chicago.
2005 – The , an amendment to the international treaty on Kyoto Protocol climate change, entered into force.
1270 – Livonian Crusade: In the , the Battle of Karuse Grand Duchy of Lithuania achieved a decisive victory over the Livonian Order on the frozen surface of the Baltic Sea.
1862 – American Civil War: Union victory in the gave General Battle of Fort Donelson Ulysses S. Grant the nickname "Unconditional Surrender".
1923 – Howard Carter, the English Egyptologist and archaeologist, unsealed the burial chamber of Tutankhamun (mask pictured).
1961 – The , the first museum dedicated to the study and conservation of African American history, culture, and art, was chartered. DuSable Museum
1983 – The burned 513,979 acres (2,080 km Ash Wednesday bushfires 2) in South Australia and 518,921 acres (2,100 km 2) in Victoria, killing 75 people and injuring 2,676 others.
1985 – "The Hizballah Program" was released, describing the ideology and goals of the Shia Islamic political and paramilitary organization . Hizballah Born/died: (d. 1184) Richard of Dover · (b. 1922) Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer · (b. 1987) Theresa Goh
: February 16 in North Korea
Day of the Shining Star
The original hand-written Act of Independence of Lithuania
(b. 1331) Coluccio Salutati · (d. 1898) Thomas Bracken · (d. 1998)