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 This day in History - February 16
420 Historic Events for February 16
1979

Emma Louise DeSilets, Miss Washington Teen USA (1997)

Birth
1979

William Gargan, actor (New Adventures of Martin Kane), dies at 73

Death
1979

Nematullah Nassiri, Iran general/head of Savak, executed

Death
1979

Louise Allbritton, actress (Celia-Stage Door), dies at 58

Death
1980

Continuous traffic jam extends 176 km north of Lyons, France

Event
1980

Eric Heiden skates 5k in 7:02.29 (Olympic Record)

Event
1981

Howard Hanson, composer, dies at 84

Death
1982

Lee Majors and Farrah Fawcett Majors divorce

Event
1982

Assembled STS-3 vehicle moves from Vandenberg AFB to launch pad

Event
1982

Agatha Barbara elected as 1st female president of Malta

Event
1984

Bill Johnson becomes 1st American to win Olympic downhill skiing gold

Event
1984

NJ Devils 1st OT goal, Jan Ludvig beats Hartford Whalers 6-5

Event
1984

Ken Williams, TV announcer (Video Village), dies at 69

Death
1985

NJ Devils score their fastest hat trick in 42 seconds

Event
1985

Larry Ward, actor (Frank Ragan-Dakotas), dies at 69

Death
1985

Livingston Bramble defeats Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini to win WBA champ

Event
1985

Largest NBA crowd to date, 43,816, sees Phila at Detroit

Event
1986

Howard Da Silva, Cleve Oh, actor (Ben Franklin-1776), dies at 76

Death
1986

French air force bombs Ouadi Doum airport in Chad

Event
1986

Mario Soares (Socialist) elected Portugal's 1st civilian pres

Event
1986

"Uptown... It's Hot!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 24 perfs

Event
1986

Hein Vergeer becomes world champion skater

Event
1986

Karlstad skates world record 10 km (14:12.14)

Event
1987

John Demjanjuk, accused of being "Ivan the Terrible" trial begins

Event
1987

Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky, composer, dies at 82

Death