The Daily News | February 16

Principal photography on “Thunderball” began (France), 1965
Pegasus I (US) launched, 1965
The Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks was organized, 1868
Explorer IX (US) launched, 1961
Tutankhamen’s (“King Tut”) actual burial chamber opened, 1923
Lithuania declared its independence, 1918
Billy Sullivan announced his new team’s name as the Patriots, 1960
First daily newsreel broadcast presented, 1948
Nylon patented (DuPont Corp. - developed by Wallace H. Carothers), 1937
Fidel Castro sworn in as Cuba’s leader, 1959
“Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard,” by Thomas Gray, published, 1751
Stephen Decatur burned US frigate in Tripoli, 1804
First 911 emergency telephone system went into operation (Haleyville, Alabama), 1968
Chaim Weizmann inaugurated as first Israeli president, 1949
A tank burst at a sugar factor in Gering, Nebraska (1.2 million gallons of molasses), 1989
Fort Donelson (near Nashville) surrendered to U.S. Grant, 1862