An early nylon yarn producing machine. Nylon - a synthetic material - was created in the the 1930s by the Du Pont Company and Dr. Wallace Carothers was granted a patent for nylon in 1937.
Today in History
Today is Sunday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2014. There are 318 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 16, 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.
On Feb 16 -
In 1923, the burial chamber of King Tutankhamen's recently unearthed tomb was unsealed in Egypt by English archaeologist Howard Carter.
In 1945, American troops landed on the island of Corregidor in the Philippines during World War II.
In 1961, the United States launched the Explorer 9 satellite.
In 1994, more than 200 people were killed when a powerful earthquake shook Indonesia's Sumatra island.
In 1998, a China Airlines Airbus A300-600R trying to land in fog near Taipei, Taiwan, crashed, killing all 196 people on board, plus six on the ground.
In entertainment history –
On Feb 16 –
On February 16th, 1962, Bobby Vinton recorded the song "Roses Are Red." He was in danger of being dropped by Epic Records but still owed them two single sides.
In 1968, John Lennon, George Harrison and their wives traveled to India to study transcendental meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Later, they were joined by Ringo Starr and his wife and Paul McCartney and his fiancee.
In 1974, Elton John released "Bennie and the Jets."
In 1982, actress Farrah Fawcett and actor Lee Majors were divorced, after nine years of marriage.
In 1990, musician Ike Turner was sentenced to four years in prison on cocaine charges. He began serving his sentence the next day. Four years earlier, Turner had said he had been addicted to cocaine for 15 years.
In 2007, Britney Spears shaved her head after a salon owner refused to do it for her.