Today in History: February 16

Today in History: February 16

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1760

Cherokee Indians held hostage at Fort St. George are killed in revenge for Indian attacks on frontier settlements.

1804

1862

Fort Donelson, Tennessee, falls to Grant's Federal forces, but not before Nathan Bedford Forrest escapes.

1865

Columbia, South Carolina, surrenders to Federal troops.

1923

Bessie Smith makes her first recording "Down Hearted Blues."

1934

Thousands of Socialists battle Communists at a rally in New York's Madison Square Garden.

1937

Dupont patents a new thread, nylon, which will replace silk in a number of products and reduce costs.

1940

The British destroyer HMS Cossack rescues British seamen from a German prison ship, the Altmark, in a Norwegian fjord.

1942

Tojo outlines Japan's war aims to the Diet, referring to "new order of coexistence" in East Asia.

1945

American paratroopers land on Corregidor, in a campaign to liberate the Philippines.

1951

Stalin contends the U.N. is becoming the weapon of aggressive war.

1952

The FBI arrests 10 members of the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina.

1957

A U.S. flag flies over an outpost in Wilkes Land, Antarctica.

1959

Fidel Castro takes the oath as Cuban premier in Havana.

1965

Four persons are held in a plot to blow up the Statue of Liberty, Liberty Bell and the Washington Monument.

1966

The World Council of Churches being held in Geneva, urges immediate peace in Vietnam.

1978

China and Japan sign a $20 billion trade pact, which is the most important move since the 1972 resumption of diplomatic ties.