Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/February 16

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This is a list of selected February 16 anniversaries that appears on the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial, or on a day that is or soon will be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.

Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only 5–6 events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is not generally posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled February 16, 2019 featured article or the February 16, 2019 featured picture.

To report an error when this appears on the Main Page, see Main Page errors. Please remember that this list defers to the supporting articles, so it is best to achieve consensus and make any necessary changes there first.

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Chinese New Year, Korean New Year, Losar in Bhutan and Tibet, Tsagaan Sar in Mongolia, and others (2018); only Losar is eligible
1742Spencer Compton became 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. needs more footnotes
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 pitch and combat pitch inflation. unreferenced section
1899French President Félix Faure suddenly died from apoplexy while having sexual activities with Marguerite Steinheil in his office. refimprove
1934 – The Austrian Civil War ended with the military of the First Austrian Republic defeating the Social Democrats and the Republikanischer Schutzbund, leaving at least several hundred people dead in the five-day conflict. more footnotes
1940Second World War: The British Royal Navy boarded and captured the German tanker Altmark and freed 299 captured British sailors. refimprove
1946 – The Sikorsky S-51 (pictured), the first helicopter to be built for civilian instead of military use, made its first flight. unreferenced section
1960 – The U.S. Navy submarine USS Triton set sail from New London, Connecticut, to begin the first submerged circumnavigation of the globe. both featured on April 25
1968 – The first 9-1-1 emergency telephone system for the North American Numbering Plan went into service in Haleyville, Alabama. refimprove section
1977 – Archbishop Janani Luwum of the Church of Uganda, a leading voice against the regime of Idi Amin, was arrested for treason and murdered the next day. refimprove
1978 – The first computer bulletin board system, CBBS, was established by Ward Christensen during a blizzard in Chicago. refimprove
2005 – The Kyoto Protocol, an amendment to the international treaty on climate change, entered into force. expansion


February 16: Day of the Shining Star in North Korea

The original hand-written Act of Independence of Lithuania
The original hand-written Act of Independence of Lithuania

Coluccio Salutati (b. 1331) · Thomas Bracken (d. 1898) · Mary Amdur (d. 1998)

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