February 16 in History

February 16 in Pop Culture History

February 16th is…

National Almond Day: Almonds are a nutritious and delicious snack, and this day is set aside to celebrate this versatile nut. Almonds are a type of tree nut that has been enjoyed as a food source since ancient times. They were mentioned in one of the earliest known written records, the Bible, and were believed to have originated in western Asia and North Africa. They have been used to sweeten foods and beverages such as cakes, teas, coffees, jams, and preserves throughout history. Almonds are popular worldwide for their flavor and versatility, often featured in recipes ranging from savory dishes to sweet desserts. 

Do-A-Grouch-A-Favor Day is about spreading kindness and doing something nice for someone who may be having a tough day. It is when people worldwide try to do nice things for people who seem grumpy or unhappy. The idea behind the day is that even the crankiest people can have a surprise boost of cheer when someone does something kind and unexpected for them. People tend to perform small acts of kindness like giving compliments, buying coffees for strangers, donating to charity or simply offering a listening ear. 

National Innovation Day recognizes the importance of innovation and its role in driving progress and growth in various fields.

Tim Tam Day is dedicated to celebrating Australia’s popular chocolate biscuit – the Tim Tam. The Tim Tam originated in 1964 and has since become a staple of Australia’s snack culture.

1852 – The Studebaker Brothers wagon company was established.

1883 – Ladies Home Journal magazine began publication.

1894 – Gunslinger John Wesley Hardin is pardoned after spending 15 years in a Texas prison for murder. Hardin shot and killed a man just for snoring by firing through the wall at the sleeping snorer.

1923 – In Thebes, Egypt, English archaeologist Howard Carter entered the sealed burial chamber of the ancient Egyptian ruler King Tutankhamun. He had been looking for King Tut’s tomb since his first trip to Egypt in 1891. The outer chambers were discovered in November 1922.

1959 – Fidel Castro was sworn in as prime minister of Cuba after leading a Communist guerrilla campaign that forced dictator Fulgencio Batista into exile.

1960 – The U.S.S. Triton began the first circumnavigation of the globe underwater, and finished on May 10.

1964 – The Beatles appeared in the Ed Sullivan Show for the second time.

1968 – Haleyville, Alabama, was the first town to use the 911 emergency number.

1980 – # 1 Hits February 16, 1980 – February 22, 1980: Captain & Tennille – Do That to Me One More Time

1983 – The Ash Wednesday bushfires in Southern Australia took the lives of 71 people, becoming Australia’s worst fire ever.

1985 – # 1 Hit February 16, 1985 – March 8, 1985: Wham! featuring George Michael – Careless Whisper

2005 – The National Hockey League canceled the entire 2004-2005 regular season and playoffs.