This Day in History
This Day in History

Shimla, Feb.

2016

Egyptian scholar and statesman Boutros Boutros-Ghali—who, as UN secretary-general (1992–96), vigorously supported UN mediation in post-Cold War strife and oversaw lengthy and difficult peacekeeping operations in several war-torn countries—died at age 93.

2005

The Kyoto Protocol, an international treaty aimed at reducing the emission of gases that contribute to global warming, went into effect.

2005

The NHL became the first North American professional sports league to cancel an entire season; the 2004–05 season was canceled after the collective-bargaining agreement between the owners and the players’ union ran out.

1959

American tennis player John McEnroe was born in West Germany.

1949

The first Knesset (Hebrew: “Assembly”), the unicameral parliament of Israel and supreme authority of that state, opened in Jerusalem.

1945

American paratroopers landed on Corregidor Island in the Philippines during World War II, and within two weeks they recaptured it from the Japanese.

1938

Austrian Chancellor Kurt von Schuschnigg admitted an Austrian Nazi to his cabinet, believed to be the first step in the German overthrow of his government.

1937

DuPont chemist Wallace Hume Carothers patented nylon.

1923

The burial chamber of King Tutankhamun was unsealed by British archaeologist Howard Carter; his discovery of the tomb the previous year was one of the most-celebrated contributions to Egyptology.

1918

The 20-member Taryba (council) of Lithuanian delegates proclaimed their country an independent state.

1903

American ventriloquist and radio comedian Edgar Bergen was born in Chicago.

1893

Katharine Cornell, one of the most-celebrated American stage actresses from the 1920s to the 1950s, was born in Germany.

1620

Frederick William, the Great Elector of Brandenburg in 1640–88, who restored the Hohenzollern dominions after the devastation of the Thirty Years’ War, was born.

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