On February 16:
1032 Emperor Yingzong of China, was born.
An allegory of the English Civil War by William Shakespeare Burton. It depicts a Cavalier lying on the ground wounded, while a Puritan in black stands in the background.
1770 Captain James Cook sighted what he called Banks Island but later discovered is was a peninsula.
1859 The French Government passed a law to set the A-note above middle C to a frequency of 435 Hz, in an attempt to standardize the pitch.
1926 Margot Frank, German-born Dutch Jewish holocaust victim, was born.
1941 –Kim Jong-il, North Korean leader, was born.
1947 Canadians granted Canadian citizenship after 80 years of being British subjects. Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King became the first Canadian citizen.
1954 – Iain Banks, Scottish author, was born.
1956 Vincent Ward, New Zealand director and screenwriter, was born.
1959 John McEnroe, American tennis player, was born.
1973 Cathy Freeman, Australian athlete, was born.
1999 – Across Europe Kurdish rebels took over embassies and hold hostages after Turkey arrested one of their rebel leaders, Abdullah Öcalan.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia