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This Day in History for February 16

1838 – Kentucky passes law permitting women to attend school under conditions.

1852 – Studebaker Brothers wagon company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, is established.

1883 – “Ladies Home Journal” begins publishing.

1909 – 1st subway car with side doors goes into service (NYC)

1914 – 1st airplane flight from LA to SF.

1937 – DuPont Corp patents nylon, developed by employees Wallace Carothers.

1938 – US Federal Crop Insurance program authorized.

1945 – US forces land on Corregidor, complete conquest on March 3.

1950 – Longest-running prime-time game show, “What’s My Line” begins on CBS.

1953 – Ted Williams safely crash-lands his damaged Panther jet, later awarded the Air medal.

1959 – Fidel Castro becomes the 16th Prime Minister of Cuba after overthrowing Fulgencio Batista.

1961 – 1st all-solid propellant rocket put in orbit, Wallops Island, Virginia.

1963 – North Carolina forward Billy Cunningham grabs a record 27 rebounds in a game vs Clemson.

1968 – US 1st 911 phone system goes into service in Haleyville, Alabama.

1968 – Elvis Presley receives a gold record for “How Great Thou Art”

1975 – 17th Daytona 500: Benny Parsons wins over Cale Yarborough sends race leader David Pearson spinning on the backstretch; Parsons avoids the accident and takes the victory.

1984 – Bill Johnson becomes 1st American to win Olympic downhill skiing gold.

1999 – O.J. Simpson’s 1968 Heisman Trophy is sole for $230,000 to help settle a $33.5 million civil judgement against Simpson for the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend.

2006 – The last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army.

2013 – Angelina undergoes a preventive double mastectomy after learning she had an 87% risk of developing breast cancer due to a defective BRCAI gene.

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