UPI Almanac for Monday, Feb. 16, 2015

Fidel Castro sworn in as Cuba's PM, NHL cancels a season ... on this date in history.

By United Press International
Rebel leader Fidel Castro was sworn in as prime minister of Cuba Feb. 16, 1959. (He is pictured the previous month in Havana.) File Photo/UPI
1 of 10 | Rebel leader Fidel Castro was sworn in as prime minister of Cuba Feb. 16, 1959. (He is pictured the previous month in Havana.) File Photo/UPI | License Photo

Today is Monday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2015 with 318 to follow.

This is observed in the United States as Presidents' Day.


The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mercury and Saturn. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Uranus and Venus.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Aquarius. They include French mathematician Pierre Bouguer in 1698; historian Henry Brooks Adams in 1838; orchestra leader Wayne King ("The Waltz King") in 1901; actor Chester Morris in 1901; ventriloquist Edgar Bergen in 1903; actor Hugh Beaumont in 1909; singer Patty Andrews of the Andrews Sisters in 1918; actor Vera-Ellen in 1921; U.S. Rep. Sonny Bono, R-Calif. (also part of the comedy/song team Sonny and Cher) in 1935; former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in 1941; writer Richard Ford in 1944 (age 71); actor William Katt in 1951 (age 64); model/actor Margaux Hemingway (granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway) in 1954; actor/director LeVar Burton in 1957 (age 58), actor-rapper Ice-T, born Tracy Marrow, in 1958 (age 57); tennis Hall of Fame member John McEnroe in 1959 (age 56).


On this date in history:

In 1923, archaeologists opened the treasure-laden tomb of Tutankhamen, "King Tut," in Egypt's Valley of the Kings.

In 1933, a patent for the synthetic fiber nylon was awarded to the DuPont Co.

In 1959, Fidel Castro was sworn in as Cuba's leader and set up a Communist regime.

In 1986, Mario Soares was elected Portugal's first civilian head of state in 60 years.

In 1999, Germany announced that $1.7 billion would be set aside to compensate victims of the Holocaust.

In 2005, after a five-month lockout, the National Hockey League canceled its entire 2004-05 season.

In 2009, Japan reported its domestic product fell at a 12.7 percent annual rate in the last quarter of 2008, plunging the country into what experts say was its worst financial crisis since World War II.

In 2011, Borders, the 40-year-old retail book superstore chain that began as a used book shop in Ann Arbor, Mich., and rapidly expanded in the 1990s with 650 locations and 19,500 employees, filed for bankruptcy.

In 2013, protesters in Quetta, Pakistan, threw rocks at police cars and set fires in the streets after a bomb attack in a Shiite neighborhood killed at least 65 people and injured about 175.


In, 2014, Best Picture and Best Actor honors at the British Film Academy Awards went to "12 Years a Slave" and its star, Chiwetel Ejiofor.

A thought for the day: "Don't be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice." -- Steve Jobs

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