spotlight Today in history: Feb. 16 Feb 16, 2020 Feb 16, 2020 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1862: Battle of Fort Donelson In 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 moniker "Unconditional Surrender Grant." AP 1959: Fidel Castro In 1959, Fidel Castro became premier of Cuba a month and a-half after the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista. AP 1988: Sunnyvale Shooting In 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. (The gunman is on death row.) AP 1996: Train Accident In 1996, eleven people were killed in a fiery collision between an Amtrak passenger train and a Maryland commuter train in Silver Spring, Md. AP 2002: Ray Brent Marsh In 2002, authorities in Noble, Ga., arrested Ray Brent Marsh, left, who'd been operating a crematory where hundreds of decomposing corpses were found stacked in storage sheds and scattered in the woods behind it. (Marsh later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.) AP 2005: NHL In 2005, the NHL canceled what was left of its decimated schedule after a round of last-gasp negotiations failed to resolve differences over a salary cap — the flash-point issue that had led to a lockout. AP 2006: MASH In 2006, the U.S. Army said goodbye to its last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, handing over equipment from the MASH unit to doctors and nurses in Pakistan, the scene of an Oct. 2005 earthquake. AP 2010: Barack Obama Ten years ago: President Barack Obama announced more than $8 billion in new federal loan guarantees to build two nuclear reactors in Georgia. Pablo Martinez Monsivais 2010: Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar Ten years ago: Officials reported the capture of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (BEHR'-uh-dahr), the Afghan Taliban's No. 2 commander, by a joint CIA and Pakistani team. (Baradar was set free by Pakistan in Sept. 2013 in hopes he could help jumpstart Afghanistan's peace process.) AP 2015: Egyptian Airstrikes Five years ago: Egyptian warplanes struck Islamic State targets in Libya, hours after the extremist group released a grisly video showing the beheading of Egyptian Coptic Christians it had held hostage for weeks. Egyptian Defense Ministry 2015: Lesley Gore Five years ago: Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, 68, died in New York. AP 2015: Lorena Rojas Five years ago: Lorena Rojas, 44, a popular Mexican soap opera and movie actress, died in Miami. AP 2019: Theodore McCarrick One year ago: The Vatican announced that former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who served as archbishop of Washington, D.C., had been found guilty by the Vatican of sex abuse and had been defrocked; McCarrick was the highest-ranking churchman and the first cardinal to face that punishment as the church dealt with clerical sex abuse. AP Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Birthday Celebrity Related to this collection Most Popular +16 Archives Today in history: March 31 Mar 31, 2020 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. +89 Archives Week in review: Top photos of the week from AP 14 hrs ago Here are some of the top photos of the week, as selected by the Associated Press. +15 Archives Today in history: March 28 Mar 28, 2020 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. +25 Archives Interesting things people found in Democrat-Herald archives Apr 2, 2020 Here’s what people are uncovering in Democrat-Herald newspaper archives. Search our historical issues for obituaries, marriage and birth annou… +23 Archives Celebrity Birthdays: March 29 Mar 29, 2020 Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Brendan Gleeson, Elle Macpherson, Lucy Lawless, Perry Farrell, Walt… +15 Archives Today in history: April 2 Apr 2, 2020 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. +21 Archives Celebrity Birthdays: March 31 Mar 31, 2020 Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Al Gore, Christopher Walken, Ewan McGregor, Rhea Perlman, Shirley J… +19 Archives Celebrity Birthdays: April 1 Apr 1, 2020 Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Asa Butterfield, David Oyelowo, Hillary Scott, Jimmy Cliff, Method … +15 Archives Today in history: March 30 Mar 30, 2020 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. +16 Archives Today in history: Feb: March 29 Mar 29, 2020 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history.