Today in History - Feb. 16

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Elizabeth and Susan Ford are about to take off on an "airway" ride, Feb. 16, 1953 at Rockaway Playland, Rockaway, N.Y. This amusement park, which is crowded with New Yorkers in summer, opens on Saturday and Sunday in winter for hardy customers who brave the ocean breezes along the boardwalk. It is thought to be the only major amusement park in the United States which is open in winter. (AP Photo)

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View of the new Madison Square Garden during New York Athletic Club event, Feb. 16, 1968. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)

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With a happy smile, Capt. David E. Baker of Westbury, N.Y., salutes the military brass on hand to see the released POWs depart for the U.S. from Clark Air Base in the Philippines, Feb. 16, 1973. Capt. Baker was returned from North Vietnam using crutches. Saluting, left to right: Lt. Gen. William Moore, Jr., 13th Air Force Commander; Col. John W. Word, base hospital commander; and Col. John W. Clayborne. (AP Photo)

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Fidel Castro, at right, speaking just after he took office as new Cuban leader during a television speech, with Cuban President Manuel Urrutia left on Feb. 16, 1959. (AP Photo)

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Wearing a captured Soviet army belt, a tough-looking Afghan guerrilla crouches against a wall pock-marked by bullets, Feb. 16, 1989. Only 13 years old, he is part of a special elite guerrilla force that has penetrated 2 of 3 Afghan army security perimeters protected Ghazni City. After capturing Ghazni, the guerrillas plan to go to Kabul, 90 miles away, joining other insurgents massed around the capital, to overthrow the Communist regime. (AP Photo/Joe Gaal)

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Former POW, Air Force Col. Fred Cherry, center, of Suffolk, Va., poses with his two sons, Don, 19, right, and Fred, 17, both PFCs in the Army, after returning to Andrews Air Force base near Washington, D.C., Feb. 16, 1973. Cherry was one of seven POWs who were flown to Washington. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty)

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A crowd gathers to watch as a crane lifts cross-piece and supporting pillars of the last pieces of the 78-year-old Third Avenue "El" in mid-Manhattan, New York City, Feb. 16, 1956. The project, which was completed 8 days ahead of schedule, removed nearly eight miles of the elevated structure between Chatham Square and 129th Street. Widening, lighting, repaving and tree-planting would be completed by early 1957. (AP Photo/John Rooney)

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Dug in behind columns of the old imperial palace in Vietnam, South Vietnamese Marines overlook the palace courtyard in fighting within Hue's walled citadel, Feb. 16, 1968. (AP Photo)

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Youngsters and grownups, bundled up against the cold, enjoy the rides and walk along the midway of the amusement park which is open on weekends in winter, Feb. 16, 1953 at Rockaway, N.Y. (AP Photo)

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Anthony Madigan, right, of Sydney, Australia, tags Sigmund Wortherly, of New York City, with a hard right cross during second round in the New York Golden Gloves finals at New York's Garden Square Garden, Feb. 16, 1959. Madiganj won threee rounder on decision. (AP Photo/Marty Zimmerman)

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Firefighters look for passengers aboard a MARC train Friday Feb. 16, 1996 in Silver Spring, Md. after a train collision. Amtrak's Capital Limited train on a run between Chicago and Washington collided with a MARC passenger train. (AP Photo/Henrik G. de Gyor)

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Firefighters look for passengers aboard a MARC commuter train Friday Feb. 16, 1996 in Silver Spring, Md. after a train collision. Amtrak's Capital Limited train on a run between Chicago and Washington collided with another train. (AP Photo/Henrik G. de Gyor)

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Boston Celtics Bob Cousy, 14 gets ball knocked out of reach by New York knickerbockers Carl Braun, 4, who manages to out jump him in first quarter of pro basketball game in Madison Square Garden, on Feb. 16, 1954 in New York. Knicks' Nat Clifton, makes up the third part of triangle as Cousy fails to score. In right background is Boston Bob Donham, 12. (AP Photo/MZ)

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A Bosnian woman and her son stand behind a shattered window in a building which was under sniper fire while they wait to fill their water canisters in Sarajevo on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1993. Some areas in the besieged capital are still without electricity and water. Shelling and sniper fire continue to wrack Sarajevo on Tuesday with Serbian forces moving tanks to the main airport road, according to reports. (AP Photo/Hansi Krauss)

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Doomed by the toxic, thick crude oil that binds its feathers and feet, a small grebe lies helpless on the shore of Abu Ali peninsula on the Persian Gulf in Saudi Arabia, Feb. 16, 1991. Leakage from war-damaged petroleum facilities in Kuwait created the massive oil spill that has killed thousands of birds and threatened the region's delicate ecosystem. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Democratic presidential hopeful Gov. Bill Clinton of Arkansas waves out a car window to supporters while leaving a rally at Rundlett Junior High School in Concord, New Hampshire Sunday, Feb. 16, 1992. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

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Palestinian refugees looking at the damage of a building used by Yasser Arafat’s mainstream Fatah faction in South Lebanon’s Ein El-Hilweh shantytown, which was attacked by Israeli helicopter gunships on Sunday, Feb. 16, 1992. Four people were killed and 11 wounded in an air raid on two refugee camps in South Lebanon. The attack was an apparent retaliation for a fatal assault on an Israeli army base yesterday. (AP Photo/Zatari)

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U.S. Army launch Rocket System fires rockets into Iraq from Saudi Arabian Desert, Feb. 16, 1991, during Operation Desert Storm. Operated by "B" Battery, 6th field Artillery, 1st Infantry Division. (AP Photo/Jordan)

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Britain?s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher,right, is pictured with a wax portrait of herself at Madame Tussaud?s Wax Museum in London, Feb. 16, 1988. The portrait is the fourth sitting for her at the museum since 1975. She is now second to Winston Churchill who modeled thirteen times. (AP Photo/Gillian Allen)

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Actress Julie Andrews, center, clenches a flower in her teeth as she rides through Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass., Wednesday, Feb. 16, 1983 on the way to accepting Harvard?s Hasty Pudding Theatrical Club Woman of the Year award. At left, in costume for the club?s production, is club President John Stimpson, and at right is cast member Terry Robinson. (AP Photo/Peter Southwick)

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** ADVANCE FOR MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2009, AND THEREAFTER - FILE ** In this Feb. 16, 1982, file three-year-old Michael Quinones has a little problem handling the free 5-pound package of processed American cheese his mother received as part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture program to support needy persons in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/File)

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Boston Celtics' Larry Bird, right, speaks to the crowd gathered at the Form in Inglewood, California, Sunday, Feb. 16, 1992 during a ceremony to retire former Los Angeles Lakers Earvin "Magic" Johnson's jersey. Johnson, left, retired from the Lakers after testing positive for the AIDS virus. Bird presented Johnson with a piece of the parquet floor from the Boston Garden. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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Egyptian police motorcycle team perform balancing trick during the Police Day parade in Egypt on Feb. 16, 1979. (AP Photo/Bill Foley)

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Members of the Egyptian police perform arms drill, Feb. 16, 1979. (AP Photo/Bill Foley)

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Comedian Chevy Chase, second from left, joins cast of NBC-TV's "Saturday Night Live," Feb. 16, 1978 in New York, where he first got his start with the "Not Ready For Prime Time Players." Others are, from left, Jane Curtin, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, and Laraine Newman. Chase is doing a guest shot on the program. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)

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Jurors of the Hearst bank robbery case leaves the house at 37 Northbridge in Daly City, Calif., a San Francisco suburb,, Monday, Feb. 16, 1976 after they and Miss Hearst inspected the place. This is the house where Miss Hearst says she was taken by her abductors when she was kidnapped in 1974. (AP Photo)

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State troopers stand guard at a black elementary school at Social Circle, Georgia on Friday, Feb. 16, 1968 after reports circulated that a group of angry demonstrators planned to take over the school. At left, demonstrators confront the officers, with some protest leaders shouting jibes at the troopers. Two news photographers were struck by deputy sheriffs, but they said they were not hurt seriously. (AP Photo)

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Mrs. David Patterson and her four children at their Farmville, Virginia home in Prince Edward County on Feb. 16, 1960 where public schools have been closed rather than permit integration in the classrooms. The children, from left, are David Jr., 14; George, 6; Katherine, 16; and Carolyn Ann, 11. (AP Photo)

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A typical pachinko parlor in downtown Tokyo shown Feb. 16, 1955, where all sorts of people play the Japanese version of pinball games imported from the United States after the War. Players at the Pachinko Machines. The balls cost two yen each. (One yen is worth 1/360th of a U.S. Dollar.) The “take” in the Pachinko parlors all over Japan is estimated at 150 billion yen (about 357 million dollars a year.) (AP Photo/My Huynh)

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Britain’s Princess Margaret asks white-uniformed worker a question about one of the machines during tour of St. Kitts (Basseterre) Sugar Factory, Ltd., at St. Kitts, British West Indies on Feb. 16, 1955. Plant’s officials conducted the tour for the princess. (AP Photo)

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Lord Clydesdale, Douglas Douglas-Hamilton carrying his sun helmet and boots before boarding his plane at Heston Aerodrome, England on Feb. 16, 1933. He is part of a Mount Everest Flight Expedition Team who are leaving for India. (AP Photo)

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Raindrops spatter against car window as actor Richard Burton and his wife Elizabeth Taylor leave New York’s Kennedy Airport at night on Sunday, Feb. 16, 1976, following Miss Taylor’s arrival from Geneva. The dog, Daisy Mae, accompanied Miss Taylor from Europe. Burton is scheduled to take over from Tony Perkins in the star role in Broadway play “Equus”. (AP Photo)

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Leon Spinks connects with a right hook to Muhammad Ali, Feb.16, 1978, during the late rounds of their championship fight in Las Vegas, Nev. The 24-year-old Spinks won the bout in a 15-round decision. (AP Photo)

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President Richard M. Nixon, is shown at his desk in the White House in this Feb. 16, 1969, file photo. For nearly a quarter-century, only prosecutors and archivists have listened to 3,700 hours of conversations recorded secretly by Richard Nixon when he was president. The government released 201 hours of the tapes Monday, Nov. 18, 1996 for public hearing, opening a rich vein of information for historians and Watergate addicts. (AP Photo)

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British fashion model Twiggy is pictured at a London Salon where she is presenting the first collection from her line of clothing in England, Feb. 16, 1967. (AP Photo)

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Police in a rubber rescue craft row a man to safety in Hamburg on Feb. 16, 1962 as floodwater laps halfway up the shops in the background. Tens of thousands of Germans were forced to flee their homes in one of the century?s worst storm floods had breached dykes along the North sea coast. Hamburg, a city of nearly 2,000,000 people, was the worst hit area. At least 144 persons are known to have lost their lives and another 100 are missing. (AP Photo)

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Wilt (The Stilt) Chamberlain Kansas University's timber-tall frosh basketball player, ducks his head as he leaves a classroom on the campus at Lawrence, towering over an existing student, Feb. 16, 1956. (AP Photo)

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The King of the Krew of Babylon pauses for a toast in front of the reviewing stand at City Hall as he leads his parade through the city of New Orleans, La., Feb. 16, 1955. Warm weather brought out thousands to witness the second night parade of the carnival season. (AP Photo/Dave Tenenbaum)

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Marchers carry signs with differing messages in front of the White House in Washington on Feb. 16, 1953. A women and an elderly man (right), seek clemency for the condemned atom spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Man at left holds a sign calling for ?death to all traitors.? (AP Photo)

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Frank Fay, star of Harvey in which the Invisible rabbit became famous, meets life size Mr. and Mrs. Bunny in New York on Feb. 16, 1947. At right is Charles W. St. Clair, publicity director of Sanger Brothers. (AP Photo)

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West Germany’s production in basic industries has risen rapidly since reform of currency and the arrival of U.S. ERP help. A steel worker is pushing by hand a loaded ore cart weighting 4,000 pounds in Germany on Feb. 16, 1949. Ruhr industrialists say they favor integration of all heavy industry of Western Europe for common benefit. (AP Photo/HJ)

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Actor George Sanders kisses his wife Zsa Zsa Gabor on her arrival at the Rome Ciampino Airport, Feb. 16, 1953. Sanders is making a new film by Roberto Rossellini in Naples. (AP Photo/Jim Pringle)

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This is the newest anti-gas helmet, designed for persons who cannot wear any ordinary type gas mask shown in England, Feb. 16, 1941. (AP Photo)

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A monoplane of novel design declared by its inventor, R.V. Norris, of San Francisco, Calif., to be "foolproof," which is undergoing tests at the Redwood City, Calif. airport, Feb. 16, 1930. The radial motor is attached to the wing, from which is suspend the fuselage which remains on an even keel during flight. The wing may be tilted in any direction at the will of the pilot, by means of control wires from his seat in the cockpit. (AP Photo)

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Georgette Harvey, Ethel Waters and Fredi Washington in “Mamba’s Daughters”, Heyward drama which Guthrie McClintic is presenting at the Empire Theatre on Feb. 16, 1939. (AP Photo)

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Lord Inverclyde and June Howard-Tripp are shown leaving St. Columba Church in Pont Street, London, England after their wedding ceremony on Feb. 16, 1929. (AP Photo)

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Princess Marie-Jose, only daughter of the King and Queen of Belgium, in the Royal Palace, Brussels, Feb. 16,1928. (AP Photo)

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Left to right: District Attorney Joab N. Banton, Judge Keneshaw Mountain Landis, High Commissioner of the American National Game and Assistant District Attorney George N. Brothers of Mr. Banton’s staff at the District Attorney’s office in New York on Feb. 16, 1925 where Judge Landis appeared for the purpose of discussing the advisability of having a grand jury investigation into the O’Connell baseball scandal. (AP Photo)

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A youngster riding on his father's shoulders at right appears delighted by the huge dragon that wriggled its way through the streets of Philadelphia's Chinatown, Feb. 16, 1964, as Chinese New Year of the Dragon is celebrated. For the Chinese, it is the year 4662. (AP Photo/Bill Ingraham)

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