This Day in History on 16th February

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including the IAS Exam. 

On this page, we will list all historical events that occurred on 16th February. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

Important Events

1659: The first check was withdrawn from a British bank, housed in the National Westminster Bank.

1704: Aurangzeb conquered Rajgad fort and renamed it as Nabishahagad.

1918: Lithuania declared independence from Russia and Germany.

1959: Fidel Castro became the President of Cuba.

1960: US submarine Triton started to orbit the earth underwater.

1982: Jawaharlal Nehru International Gold Cup Football tournament organized for the first time in Kolkata, India.

1985: Hezbollah, a radical Shia Muslim organization, formed in Lebanon.

1991: Nicaraguan Contras leader Enrique Bermúdez is assassinated in Managua.

1996: A Chicago-bound Amtrak train, the Capitol Limited, collides with a MARC commuter train bound for Washington, D.C., killing 11 people.

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 seven more on the ground.

2005: The Kyoto Protocol comes into force, following its ratification by Russia.

2005: The National Hockey League cancels the entire 2004–05 regular season and playoffs.

2006: The last Mobile army surgical hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army.

2013: A bomb blast at a market in Hazara Town, Quetta, Pakistan kills more than 80 people and injures 190 others.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

Wasim Jaffer

1222: Nichiren, a Japanese Buddhist priest of the Kamakura period, who developed the teachings of Nichiren Buddhism, a branch school of Mahayana Buddhism.

1822: Sir Francis Galton, an English statistician.

1928: Dinesh Nandini Dalmia, an Indian poet, short story writer, and novelist.

Pardeep Narwal

1954: Michael Holding, a Jamaican cricket commentator, and former cricketer.

1964: Bebeto, a Brazilian former professional football player.

1978: Wasim Jaffer, an Indian former cricketer.

1997: Pardeep Narwal, an Indian kabaddi player.

Death/ Death Anniversary

Dadasaheb Phalke

1944: Dadasaheb Phalke, an Indian producer-director-screenwriter, is known as the Father of Indian cinema.

1956: Meghnad Saha, an Indian astrophysicist developed the Saha ionization equation.

1996: R. D. Aga, an Indian industrialist and founder of Thermax.

R. R. Patil

2000: Karsten Solheim, an American golf club designer, and businessman.

2000: Bellary Kesavan, the first National Librarian of independent India.

2015: R. R. Patil, an Indian politician from the state of Maharashtra.

Further Reading

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