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February 16: Statehood Day in Lithuania (1918)

  • 1918 – The Council of Lithuania signed the Act of Independence of Lithuania, proclaiming the restoration of an independent Lithuania governed by democratic principles, despite the presence of German troops in the country during World War I.
  • 1923 – English archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter unsealed the burial chamber of Tutankhamun an Egyptian Pharaoh of the Eighteenth dynasty.
  • 1961 – The DuSable Museum, the first museum dedicated to the study and conservation of African American history, culture, and art, was chartered.
  • 1977 – Archbishop Janani Luwum of the Church of Uganda, a leading voice against the regime of Idi Amin, was arrested for treason and murdered the next day.
  • 1983 – The Ash Wednesday fires burned 513,979 acres (2,080 km2) in South Australia and 518,921 acres (2,100 km2) in Victoria, killing 75 people and injuring 2676 others.
  • 1985 – “The Hizballah Program” was released, describing the ideology and goals of the Shia Islamic political and paramilitary organization Hizballah.

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