Tuesday, 16 February 2016

On This Day In History - 16th February

On This Day in 1742, Spencer Compton, the Earl of Wilmington, became the British Prime Minister.
He was Britain's second Prime Minister, after Robert Walpole. The guy was a workaholic and quite literally worked himself to death after a year in office.
On This Day in 1874, the Silver Dollar became legal tender in the United States of America.
On This Day in 1918, Lithuania became an independent state after the Council of Lithuania unanimously adopted the Act of Independence.
On This Day in 1923, Howard Carter is cursed for eternity after unsealing the burial chamber of the Egyptian Boy Pharaoh, Tutankhamun.
The following week he uncovered the Stargate and, with the US Air Force, began exploring other planets. Watch out for the Goa'uld. Too late.
On This Day in 1959, Fidel Castro became the Premier of Cuba, and later a total dictator, after he overthrew Fulgencio Batista, who liked to serve coffee, the previous dictator.

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