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February 16: This Day That Year

February 16

- 600 - Pope Gregory stated that "God bless You" is the correct response to a sneeze.

- 1742 - Spencer Compton becomes 2nd Prime Minister of Great Britain.

- 1846 - India: First Anglo-Sikh War, Battle of Sobraon ends (10,000 sikh warriors killed).

- 1917 - Spain: 1st synagogue (in last 425 years) opened in Madrid.

- 1918 - Lithuania declared independence from Russia & Germany.

- 1923 - Egypt: Howard Carter opened the inner burial chamber of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb.

- 1942 - Birthday: Kim Jong-il, Supreme Leader of North Korea (1994-2011), born in Paektu Mountain, North Korea.

- 1959 - After overthrowing Fulgencio Batista, Fidel Castro became the 16th Prime Minister of Cuba.

- 2017 - Pakistan: Suicide attack on shrine of Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, Sehwan killed 72 people.

- 2017 - Iraq: Car bomb in Bayaa, Baghdad killed at least 45+ people.-

- 2020 - US evacuated its 400 citizens from coronavirus-infected cruise ship (Diamond Princess) quarantined in Yokohama port, Japan.

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