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Events - February 16
1741 - Benjamin Franklin published America’s second magazine, "The General Magazine and Historical Chronicle".

1857 - The National Deaf Mute College was incorporated in Washington, DC. It was the first school in the world for advanced education of the deaf. It was later renamed Gallaudet College.

1868 - The Jolly Corks organization in New York City decided to change their goofy name to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE). The purpose of the fraternal group: “...practice charity, justice, brotherly love and faithfulness.”

1926 - Suzanne Lenglen defeated Helen Wills at Cannes, France to retain the women’s tennis championship title. It was the only meeting between the two tennis greats.

1932 - The first fruit tree patent was issued to James E. Markham for a peach tree which ripens later than other varieties.

1937 - Wallace H. Carothers patented nylon ... a Dupont product, incidentally.

1942 - Shep Fields and his orchestra recorded "Jersey Bounce" on Bluebird Records.

1948 - NBC-TV presented the first daily newsreel telecast. The program was known as the "20th Century Fox - Movietone News".

1950 - “That’s three down. We move now to Arlene Francis.” Arlene Francis, Dorothy Kilgallen, humorist Hal Block, and Louis Untermeyer joined host John Daly as one of the classics of early television debuted on CBS. "What’s My Line" stayed on the air for 17 years -- the longest-running game show in the history of prime-time network television -- and launched one of TV’s biggest production companies: that of Mark Goodson and Bill Todman.

1963 - The Beatles moved to the top of the British rock charts with "Please, Please Me" exactly one month after the record was released. It was the start of the Beatles domination of the British music charts, as well as the beginning of the British Invasion in America and elsewhere around the world.

1968 - Elvis Presley received a gold record for his sacred album of hymns, "How Great Thou Art". Despite his popularity in the pop music world, Elvis won only 3 Grammy Awards -- one for this album, the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1970; then for "He Touched Me" in 1972. He did, however, receive over a dozen Grammy nominations.

1972 - Los Angeles Lakers basketball-great Wilt Chamberlain topped the 30,000-point mark in his career during a game against the Phoenix Suns.

1985 - Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini lost the World Boxing Association lightweight championship crown to Livingstone Bramble. Mancini had been trying to regain the title, but ended up fighting for the last time on this night. The fighter retired in August, 1985.

1985 - Telly “Who Loves Ya Baby!” Savalas brought his "Kojak" character back to network television after an absence of seven years. The show, "Kojak: The Belarus File", was a special on CBS-TV, the network that launched "Kojak" to stardom.

1993 - Rod Stewart surprised the crowd at the annual Brit Awards in London. He invited his former band, The Faces, on stage to perform with him. They were accompanied by former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman. Stewart was also honored with a lifetime achievement award.

1996 - Films debuting in the U.S.: The thriller "City Hall", starring Al Pacino, John Cusack, Bridget Fonda, Danny Aiello and Martin Landau; and "Muppet Treasure Island", starring Tim Curry, Kevin Bishop, Billy Connolly, Jennifer Saunders, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Rizzo the Rat, Gonzo the Great and Fozzie Bear.

2001 - First-run time in the U.S. for these movies: The romantic comedy "Down to Earth", featuring Chris Rock and Regina King; the animated comedy "Recess: School’s Out", with the voices of Andy Lawrence, Ashley Johnson, Rickey D'shon Collins, Courtland Mead, Jason Davis, Pamela Segall, Melissa Joan Hart, Dabney Coleman, April Winchell and James Woods; and the romantic comedy "Sweet November", starring Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron.

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Birthdays - February 16
1884 - Robert Flaherty (‘Father of the Documentary Film’: film producer: Nanook of the North, Moana, Man of Aran; died July 23, 1951)

1898 - Katharine Cornell (actress: The Barretts of Wimpole Street, Stage Door Canteen; died June 9, 1974)

1901 - Chester Morris (actor: Five Came Back, Frankie and Johnny, Wagon’s Westward, The Great White Hope; died Sep 11, 1970)

1903 - Edgar Bergen (Bergren) (actor, ventriloquist: radio: The Edgar Bergen Show w/dummy Charlie McCarthy; father of actress Candice Bergen; died Sep 30, 1978)

1909 - Hugh Beaumont (actor: To the Shores of Tripoli, The Human Duplicators, Leave It to Beaver; died May 14, 1982)

1914 - Jimmy Wakely (actor: over 50 films as a western star, country singer: Slippin’ Around, Wedding Bells; died Sep 23, 1982)

1916 - Bill Doggett (musician: Honky Tonk, Slow Walk; died Nov 13, 1996)

1918 - Patty Andrews (Patricia Marie Andrews) (lead singer: group: The Andrews Sisters: Bei Mir Bist Du Schon, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Rum and Coca Cola, Beer Barrel Polka; solo: I Can Dream Can’t I; died Jan 30, 2013)

1921 - Jean Behra (auto racer: competed in 52 Grand Prix races [best was 4th: 1956]; killed in crash at AVUS track [Berlin, Germany] Aug 1, 1959)

1932 - Gretchen Wyler (Wienecke) (actress: The Devil’s Brigade, The Marrying Man; died May 27,2007)

1934 - Marlene Bauer Hagge (golf: LPGA Champion [1956])

1934 - Harold & Herbie Kalin (singers: group: The Kalin Twins: When, Forget Me Not; died Aug 24, 2005 & Jul 21, 2006, respectively)

1935 - Sonny (Salvatore) Bono (singer, entertainer [Sonny & Cher]: I Got You Babe, Baby Don’t Go, The Beat Goes On; TV: The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour; mayor: Palm Springs, CA; U.S. Congressman; killed Jan 5, 1998 [skiing accident])

1938 - Barry Primus (actor: Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Absence of Malice, Cagney and Lacey)

1943 - (Arthur) Bobby (Lee) Darwin (baseball: LA Angels, LA Dodgers, Minnesota Twins, Milwaukee Brewers, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs)

1943 - Brig Owens (football: Washington Redskins Safety: Super Bowl VII)

1948 - Ted Washington (football: San Diego State Univ., Cincinnati Bengals)

1951 - William Katt (actor: Rattled, Tollbooth, The Greatest American Hero, Perry Mason series, Carrie)

1952 - James Ingram (singer: [w/Patti Austin]: Baby Come to Me, How Do You Keep the Music Playing; Just Once)

1953 - George Martin (football: NY Giants defensive end: Super Bowl XXI)

1954 - Margaux Hemingway (actress: Bad Love, Deadly Conspiracy, Lipstick; sister of actress Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of writer, Ernest Hemingway; died July 1, 1996)

1957 - LeVar Burton (Levardis Robert Martyn Burton Jr.) (actor: Alex Haley’s Roots, Star Trek: The Next Generation series)

1958 - Ice-T (Tracy Marrow) (rapper: group: Body Count: Cop Killer)

1959 - John McEnroe (tennis’ bad boy for his frequent outbursts on the tennis court: Wimbledon Men’s Singles Champion [1981, 1983, 1984]; U.S. Open Men’s Singles Champion: [1979, 1980, 1981, 1984])

1961 - Andy Taylor (musician: guitar: group: Duran Duran: Planet Earth, Hungry like the Wolf, Save a Prayer, Rio, Is There Something I Should Know, Union of the Snake, Wild Boys)

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Chart Toppers - February 16
1951
My Heart Cries for You - Guy Mitchell
Tennessee Waltz - Patti Page
If - Perry Como
There’s Been a Change in Me - Eddy Arnold

1959
Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price
16 Candles - The Crests
The All American Boy - Bill Parsons
Billy Bayou - Jim Reeves

1967
I’m a Believer - The Monkees
Georgy Girl - The Seekers
Kind of a Drag - The Buckinghams
Don’t Come Home a’Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind) - Loretta Lynn

1975
You’re No Good - Linda Ronstadt
Pick Up the Pieces - AWB
Best of My Love - The Eagles
Devil in the Bottle - T.G. Sheppard

1983
Down Under - Men at Work
Baby, Come to Me - Patti Austin with James Ingram
Shame on the Moon - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
’Til I Gain Control Again - Crystal Gayle

1991
Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) - C & C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams
All the Man that I Need - Whitney Houston
One More Try - Timmy -T-
Brother Jukebox - Mark Chesnutt

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