2/16/2021 12:01:00 AM Today In History - February 16
Reprinted By Permission From OnThisDay.com
Today in History in 1741 Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine begins publishing; in 1923 Howard Carter opens the inner burial chamber of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen's tomb and finds the sarcophagus; and in 1968 Elvis Presley received a gold record for "How Great Thou Art."
Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:
1741 - Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine (2nd US Mag) begins publishing
1760 - Native American hostages killed in Fort Prince George, SC
1859 - The French Government passes a law to set the A-note above middle C to a frequency of 435 Hz, in an attempt to standardize the pitch.
1862 - Ft Donelson captured by General Ulysses S. Grant (1,400 confederates surrender)
1878 - Silver dollar became US legal tender
1923 - Howard Carter opens the inner burial chamber of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen's tomb and finds the sarcophagus
1959 - Fidel Castro names himself Cuba's premier after overthrowing Batista
1963 - North Carolina forward Billy Cunningham grabs a record 27 rebounds in a game vs Clemson
1968 - Elvis Presley receives gold record for "How Great Thou Art"
1999 - O.J. Simpson's 1968 Heisman Trophy is sold for $230,000 to help settle a $33.5 million civil judgement against Simpson for the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend
1903 - Edgar Bergen, ventriloquist (Charlie McCarthy), born in Chicago, Illinois