Today in history 2/16/2017

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2/16/2017:

Today in history, U.S. Navy lieutenant Steven Decatur (see picture below) leads a small group of sailors into Tripoli harbor and burns the USS Philadelphia, captured earlier by Barbary pirates in 1804.

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Today in history, Bessie Smith (see picture below) makes her first recording “Down Hearted Blues” in 1923.

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Today in history, Dupont patents a new thread, nylon, which will replace silk in a number of products and reduce costs in 1937.

Today in history, A U.S. flag flies over an outpost in Wilkes Land, Antarctica in 1957.

Today in history,  China and Japan sign a $20 billion trade pact, which is the most important move since the 1972 resumption of diplomatic ties in 1978.

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