On This Day: What happened on 16 February?

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 16 February, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


2013 | A bomb blast at a market in Hazara, Quetta, Pakistan killed more than 80 people and injured 190 others.

2006 | The last Mobile army surgical hospital (MASH) was decommissioned by the US Army.

2005 | The Kyoto Protocol came into force, following its adoption by Russia.

2005 | The National Hockey League was cancelled for the entire 2004-05 regular season and qualifying matches(playoffs).

1998 | A China Airlines Flight 676 crashed into a road and residential area near Chiang Kai-shek International Airport in Taiwan,  all 196 people killed aboard and seven others on the ground.


2012 | American journalist, Anthony Shadid, 44.

1998 | American public health researcher, Mary Amdur, 90.

2014 | American football player, Ken Farragut, 86.

2013 | Russian philosopher and author, Grigory Pomerants, 95.

2004 | American singer-songwriter, Doris Troy, 67.

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1932 | Sierra Leonean economist, lawyer, and politician, third President of Sierra Leone, Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, died in 2014.

1972 | American actress, Sarah Clarke.

1937 | Russian-German mathematician and academic, Yuri Manin.

1938 | American composer and academic, John Corigliano.

1988 | Spanish footballer, Diego Capel.


1995 | England fans humiliated themselves in Dublin and forced a friendly match between the Republic of Ireland and England at Lansdowne Road to be abandoned. When Ireland took a 1-0 lead with a David Kelly goal in the 23rd minute some British fans ripped up seats at the top and threw down spectators. No further game was possible and for the third time the England match was cancelled.


2007 | “Bridge to Terabithia”  was theatrically released in the United States for the first time on this day.


The largest ship graveyard in the world is in Mauritania. Near the city of Nouadhibou, hundreds of remains are trapped in shallow water where they have been dug or left to rot.

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