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This Day in History for February 16 – Castro Assumes Power and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1923 – English archaeologist Howard Carter enters the sealed burial chamber of the ancient Egyptian ruler King Tutankhamen (More info)

1937 – Wallace H. Carothers receives a US patent for nylon (More info)

1959 – Fidel Castro is sworn in as prime minister of Cuba after leading a guerrilla campaign that forced right-wing dictator Fulgencio Batista into exile (More info)

1968 – In Haleyville, Alabama, the first 911 emergency telephone system goes into service (More info)

1997 – Jeff Gordon claims his first Daytona 500 victory at the age of 25, becoming the youngest winner in the history of the legendary race (More info)

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