1. On February 16, 1930, the famous murder trial of Velma Barfield commenced in Southern Pines. Barfield, the first woman to be executed by lethal injection in the United States, was convicted of poisoning several people, including her fiancé and mother.
2. The Wright Brothers, two North Carolina natives, made history on February 16, 1908, when they flew the first U.S. military airplane, known as the "Military Flyer," at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia.
3. Former North Carolina governor Robert W. Scott was born on February 16, 1929. Scott served as governor from 1969 to 1973 and is known for his efforts to improve the state's infrastructure, education system, and economic development.
4. On February 16, 1960, the Greensboro Four made history by staging a sit-in protest at a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina. The protest, which was led by four college students, sparked a wave of similar demonstrations throughout the country and helped to ignite the civil rights movement.
5. The USS North Carolina, a World War II-era battleship, was commissioned on February 16, 1941. The ship, which now serves as a museum in Wilmington, North Carolina, played a significant role in several naval battles during the Pacific War and was awarded 15 battle stars for her service.
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