This day in history – February 16

Kaid Nickl, Reporter

Each and every day has it’s own history. February 16th is no exception.

Archeologists opened the tomb of King Tut on this day, a massive event in that time period. It was opened by Englishman Howard Carter in 1923. King Tutankhamen was a king that lived around 1400 B.C. It was discovered that he died while still a teenager. Inside the tomb was a sarcophagus with three coffins inside one another. The last coffin, made of solid gold, held the mummified body of King Tut. Along with this amazing discovery, the tomb also held countless jewels, and even had a chariot!

February 16th, 1997 marks NASCAR racer Jeff Gordon’s first ever Daytona 500 win! Dubbed the Super Bowl of stock car racing, the Daytona track has racers traveling 500 miles (Or 200 laps) to the finish. Also of note is that Gordon’s victory placed him as the youngest driver to win the Daytona 500! Jeff drove his #24 Monte Carlo at an average speed of 148 mph to secure the win.

Gordon also won the Daytona in 1999 and 2005.