What Happened on February 16

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Historical Events

1512 – Battle at Valeggio: French troops beat Venetianen
1559 – Pope Paul IV calls for deposition of sovereigns supporting heresy
1916 – The German ambassador in Washington announces that Germany will pay an indemnity for American lives lost on the Lusitania
1931 – Extreme right wing politician Pehr Evind Svinhufvud becomes President of Finland
1952 – Ian Craig makes NSW cricket debut aged 16 years 249 days (NSW record)
2016 – Former French President Nicholas Sarkozy is placed under investigation for campaign funds

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Famous Birthdays

1868 – Wilhelm Schmidt, German anthropologist and linguist (Anthropos), born in Hörde, Germany (d. 1954)
1900 – Vincent Coleman, American actor (For the Freedom of Ireland, Salome), born in Louisiana (d. 1971)
1934 – Harold “Hal” Kalin, American singer (Kalin Twins), born in Port Jervis, New York (d. 2005)
1945 – Julio Morales, Uruguayan soccer striker (24 caps; Racing Montevideo, Nacional, Austria Wien), born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 2022)
1971 – Marco Sas, Dutch soccer player (NAC)
1980 – Agim Kaba, American actor and film producer

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Famous Deaths

1823 – Pierre-Paul Prud’hon, French Romantic painter and draughtsman – allegorical paintings and portraits, dies at 64
1907 – Giosuè Carducci, Italian writer and Nobel Prize Laureate 1906 regarded as the official national poet of modern Italy, dies at 71
1932 – Ferdinand Buisson, French pacifist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1841)
1944 – Edmund von Borck, German composer, dies fighting in Italy in WWII at 37
1966 – Hendrik Tilanus, Dutch artillery officer and political leader (CHU 1939-63), dies at 81
1987 – Dmitri Kabalevsky, Russian pianist and composer (In the Fire), dies at 82

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