16 February 1838
On this date in 1838...
Kentucky passed a law permitting women to attend school under certain conditions.
- 1804 - Maryland-native Lt. Stephen Decatur led a raid to burn the U.S. Navy frigate Philadelphia that had been taken by Barbary pirates.
- 1857 - The National Deaf Mute College was incorporated in Washington, DC as the first school in the world for advanced education of the deaf. It was later renamed Gallaudet College.
- 1861 - Texas state troops occupied the federal arsenal and barracks at San Antonio.
- 1862 - Fort Donelson, Tennessee fell to Ulysses Grant's invading federal forces.
- 1865 - Columbia, South Carolina fell to General W.T. Sherman's federal invaders.
- 1959 - Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba after the overthrow of President Fulgencio Batista.
- 1968 - The first 911 emergency telephone system in the U.S. was inaugurated in Haleyville, Alabama.
- 1970 - Joe Frazier of Beaufort, SC began his reign as the undefeated heavyweight world champion when he knocked out Jimmy Ellis in five rounds. Frazier lost the title on January 22, 1973, losing for the first time in his professional career to George Foreman of Texas.
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