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THIS DAY IN HISTORY                Saturday, 16 February 2019
 
  1881
Anna Pavlova (d. 1931), legendary Russian ballerina was born.

  1894
British troops occupied Ilorin on the Gold Coast or present-day Ghana in West Africa

  1923
Howard Carter opened the burial chamber of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, revealing an astounding collection of Egyptian treasures.

  1937
The Du Pont Corporation patented nylon which was developed by an employee Wallace H Carothers.

  1941
Kim Jong-il (d. 2011), the supreme leader of North Korea from 1994 to 2011, was born.

 

1946
The first commercially designed helicopter was tested in Connecticut, USA.


  1948
Miranda, the famous moon of Uranus, was discovered by Gerard Kuiper at McDonald Observatory.

  1959
Fidel Castro named himself Cubaís premier after overthrowing the dictator, Fulgencio Batista.

 

1986
Mario Soares of the Socialist Party was elected Portugalís first civilian president.


  2005
The Kyoto Protocol, an international agreement to combat global warming came into force.

  2011
Lance Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France champion, officially announced his retirement from professional cycling.

 

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