"An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason."
C.S. Lewis, English author (1898-1963)
Feb. 16, 1968: The nation's first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, Alabama.
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.
1862: The Civil War Battle of Fort Donelson in Tennessee ended as some 12,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered; Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's victory earned him the nickname "Unconditional Surrender Grant."
1923: The burial chamber of King Tutankhamen's recently unearthed tomb was unsealed in Egypt by English archaeologist Howard Carter.
1937: Dr. Wallace H. Carothers, a research chemist for Du Pont who'd invented nylon, received a patent for the synthetic fiber.
1945: American troops landed on the island of Corregidor in the Philippines during World War II.
1959: Fidel Castro became premier of Cuba a month and a half after the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista.
1961: The United States launched the Explorer 9 satellite.
1977: Janani Luwum, the Anglican archbishop of Uganda, and two other men were killed in what Ugandan authorities said was an automobile accident.
1988: Seven people were shot to death during an office rampage in Sunnyvale, California, by a man obsessed with a co-worker who was wounded in the attack.
1996: 11 people were killed in a fiery collision between an Amtrak passenger train and a Maryland commuter train in Silver Spring, Maryland. Former California Gov. Edmund G. "Pat" Brown died in Beverly Hills, California, at age 90.
1998: A China Airlines Airbus A300600R trying to land in fog near Taipei, Taiwan, crashed, killing all 196 people on board, plus six on the ground.