This day, 16th of February in 1983, an Ash Wednesday according to the christian calendar,  extreme weather and years of severe drought combined to create one of Australia’s worst fire days in a century. Within 12 hours, more than 180 fires—fanned by high winds—were burning, causing widespread destruction across the states of Victoria and South Australia. The fires killed 75 people and left thousands of others injured and homeless. They obliterated entire townships in just minutes. This series of fires was the deadliest bushfire event in Australian history!

Also on this day 16/02 in 2005, the Kyoto Protocol (in full Kyoto protocol to the united Nations framework Convention on Climate Change) came was held. 41 countries participated in the protocol which aimed at reducing the emission of gases that contribute to global warming!