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TO­DAY IS SATUR­DAY, FEB. 16, the 47th day of 2019. There are 318 days left in the year.

TO­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHT IN HIS­TORY: On this date in 1959, Fidel Cas­tro be­came pre­mier of Cuba a month and a-half after the over­throw of Ful­gen­cio Batista.

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

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

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

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

In 1961, the United States launched the Ex­plorer 9 satel­lite.

In 1968, the na­tion’s first 911 emer­gency tele­phone sys­tem was in­au­gu­rated in Ha­leyville, Ala.

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 is on death row.

In 1996, 11 peo­ple were killed in a fiery col­li­sion between an Am­trak pas­sen­ger train and a Mary­land com­muter train in Sil­ver Spring, Md.

In 1998, a China Air­lines Air­bus A300 try­ing to land in fog near Taipei, Tai­wan, crashed, killing all 196 peo­ple on board, plus seven on the ground.

In 2001, The United States and Bri­tain staged air strikes against radar sta­tions and air de­fense com­mand cen­ters in Iraq. Dr. Wil­liam H. Mas­ters, who with his part­ner and later wife Vir­ginia John­son, pi­o­neered re­search in the field of hu­man sex­u­al­ity, died in Tuc­son, Ariz., at age 85.

In 2003, more than 100,000 peo­ple demon­strated in the streets of San Fran­cisco to protest a pos­si­ble U.S. in­va­sion of Iraq.

TO­DAY’S BIRTH­DAYS: Jazz/pop singer-ac­tress Peggy King is 89. Ac­tor Wil­liam Katt is 68. Ac­tor Le­Var Bur­ton is 62. Ac­tor-rap­per Ice-T and ac­tress Lisa Lor­ing are 61. In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Hall-of-Famer John McEn­roe is 60. Rock mu­si­cian Andy Tay­lor is 58. Rock mu­si­cian Dave Lom­bardo (Slayer) is 54. Olympic gold medal run­ner Cathy Free­man is 46. Ac­tor Ma­her­shala Ali is 45. Ac­tress Chloe Wep­per is 33. Pop-rock singer Ryan Follese (Hot Chelle Rae) is 32. Rock mu­si­cian Danielle Haim and ac­tress El­iz­a­beth Olsen are 30. Ac­tor Mike Wein­berg is 26.

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