On February 16, 1909: The first subway car with side doors went into service. Subway officials did not like the side doors despite the time and crowding it saved, but the idea stuck and is seen on subway cars today.
On February 16, 1986: The Broadway musical Uptown…It’s Hot! closed at Lunt-Fontanne theater after 24 performances. The play was created, directed, choreographed, and starred Maurice Hines. Despite the play’s unfavorable reviews, it earned a Tony nomination for “Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.”
On February 16, 1964: The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show for the second time, only one week after their debut. The show was watched by an estimated 70 million people and was repeated in September.