Studebaker Company Founded
The Studebaker Corporation in South Bend, Indiana, was founded on February 16, 1852, by Henry and Clement Studebaker. The Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company, as it was originally called, was a producer of wagons and then automobiles in 1902. The Studebaker had a reputation for quality and reliability. The South Bend plant closed its doors on December 20, 1963. The last Studebaker was manufactured in the Ontario, Canada, plant on March 16, 1966.
First 911 Call
Haleyville, Alabama, was the first community to install an emergency telephone system with a single phone number for reporting emergencies. On February 16, 1968, the first 911 call was made by Rankin Fite, the Alabama Speaker of the House. The call was answered on a bright red telephone in the police department.
King Tut's Burial Chamber Unsealed
On February 16, 1923, The burial chamber of King Tutankhamen was opened by archaeologist Howard Carter in Thebes, Egypt.
1st Commercial Helicopter Flew
On February 16, 1946, the first commercial helicopter flew. It was a Sikorsky S51, single rotor helicopter and the first licensed by the Civil Aviation Administration for commercial operations.