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This Day in History

Today is Sunday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2014. There are 318 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Actor Jeremy Bulloch is 69. Actor William Katt is 63. Rhythm-and-blues singer James Ingram is 62. Actor LeVar Burton is 57. Actor-rapper Ice-T is 56. Actress Lisa Loring is 56. International Tennis Hall of Famer John McEnroe is 55. Rock musician Andy Taylor is 53. Rock musician Dave Lombardo (Slayer) is 49. Actress Sarah Clarke is 43. Rock musician Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) is 42. Olympic gold medal runner Cathy Freeman is 41.Electronic dance music artist Bassnectar is 36. Rapper Lupe Fiasco is 32. Pop-rock singer Ryan Follese (Hot Chelle Rae) is 27.

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In 1804, Lieutenant Stephen Decatur led a successful raid on Tripoli Harbor to burn the Navy frigate Philadelphia, which had fallen into the hands of pirates in the First Barbary War.

In 1862, the Civil War Battle of Fort Donelson in Tennessee ended as some 12,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered; Union General Ulysses S. Grant’s victory earned him the nickname “Unconditional Surrender Grant.”

In 1868, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was organized in New York City.

In 1923, the burial chamber of King Tutankhamen’s recently unearthed tomb was unsealed in Egypt by English archaeologist Howard Carter.

In 1945, American troops landed on the island of Corregidor in the Philippines during World War II.

In 1959, Fidel Castro became premier of Cuba a month and a half after the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista.

In 1977, Janani Luwum, the Anglican archbishop of Uganda, and two other men were killed in what authorities said was an automobile accident.

In 1988, seven people were shot to death during an office rampage in Sunnyvale, Calif., by a man obsessed with a co-worker who was wounded in the attack. (The gunman, Richard Farley, is on death row.)

In 1994, more than 200 people were killed when a powerful earthquake shook Indonesia’s Sumatra island.

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