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    • December 16, 0755 "An Lushan revolts against Chancellor Yang Guozhong at Fanyang, initiating the An Shi Rebellion during the Tang Dynasty of China."

    • December 16, 1392 Nanboku-ch - Emperor Go-Kameyama abdicates in favor of rival claimant Go-Komatsu.

    • December 16, 1431 Henry VI of England is crowned King of France at Notre Dame in Paris.

    • December 16, 1497 "Vasco da Gama rounds the Cape of Good Hope, the point where Bartolomeu Dias had previously turned back to Portugal."

    • December 16, 1598 "Seven Year War: Battle of Noryang Point - The final battle of the Seven Year War is fought between the Korean and Japanese navies, resulting in a decisive Korean victory."

    • December 16, 1631 "Mount Vesuvius, Italy erupts, destroys 6 villages & kills 4,000"

    • December 16, 1653 "English Interregnum: The Protectorate - Oliver Cromwell becomes Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland."

    • December 16, 1653 "Oliver Cromwell became lord protector of England, Scotland & Ireland"

    • December 16, 1653 "Oliver Cromwell is named lord protector of England, Scotland and Ireland."

    • December 16, 1689 Convention Parliament: The Declaration of Right is embodied in the Bill of Rights.

    • December 16, 1689 English Parliament adopts Bill of Rights after Glorious Revolution

    • December 16, 1707 Last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan.

    • December 16, 1761 "Seven Years' War: After four-month siege, the Russians under Pyotr Rumyantsev take the Prussian fortress of Kolobrzeg."

    • December 16, 1770 "Ludwig Van Beethoven was born on Dec. 16, 1770 (baptized on Dec. 17, 1770)"

    • December 16, 1773 American Revolution: Boston Tea Party - Members of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawks dump crates of tea into Boston harbor as a protest against the Tea Act.

    • December 16, 1773 Big tea party in Boston harbor-Indians welcome

    • December 16, 1773 The Boston Tea Party occurs when American colonists board a British ship and dump overboard more than 300 chests of tea to protest high taxes.

    • December 16, 1809 Napoleon Bonaparte and the Empress Josephine are divorced by an act of the French Senate.

    • December 16, 1811 Most violent & prolonged quakes in US begins in Midwest region

    • December 16, 1811 "The first two in a series of severe earthquakes occurs, in the vicinity of New Madrid, Missouri."

    • December 16, 1826 "Benjamin W. Edwards rides into Mexican controlled Nacogdoches, Texas and declares himself ruler of the Republic of Fredonia."

    • December 16, 1835 "Disaster struck Wall Street on this day in 1835, as a fire ravaged the hub of the financial community in lower Manhattan. The inside of the Merchants' Exchange building was nearly destroyed by the fire, leaving the New York Stock and Exchange Board without a home"

    • December 16, 1835 Fire consumes over 600 buildings in New York NY

    • December 16, 1835 The Wall Street area of New York City is destroyed by fire.

    • December 16, 1838 "Battle of Blood River: Voortrekkers led by Andries Pretorius combat Zulu impis, led by Dambuza (Nzobo) and Ndlela kaSompisi in what is today KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa."

    • December 16, 1838 Boers beat Zulu chieftain Dingaan in South Africa

    • December 16, 1838 The Boers defeat the Zulus in South Africa.

    • December 16, 1850 History of New Zealand: The Charlotte-Jane and the Randolph bring the first of the Canterbury Pilgrims to Lyttelton.

    • December 16, 1852 "The Evening Star newspaper begins publication in Washington, DC."

    • December 16, 1857 "Earthquake in Naples, Italy"

    • December 16, 1862 Kingdom of Nepal accepts its constitution

    • December 16, 1863 American Civil War: Joseph E. Johnston replaces Braxton Bragg as commander of the Army of Tennessee.

    • December 16, 1864 American Civil War: Franklin-Nashville Campaign - Battle of Nashville - Major General George H. Thomas's Union forces defeat Lieutenant General John Bell Hood's Confederate Army of Tennessee.

    • December 16, 1864 Battle of Nashville

    • December 16, 1870 The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is lit for the first time.

    • December 16, 1893 "Antonn Dvok's Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, ""From The New World"" was given its world premiere at Carnegie Hall."

    • December 16, 1897 The first submarine with an internal combustion engine demonstrated

    • December 16, 1903 "Majestic Theater, New York NY, becomes first in US to employ women ushers"

    • December 16, 1905 """Variety,"" covering all phases of show business, first published"

    • December 16, 1907 Great White Fleet sails from Hampton Downs on its World Cruise

    • December 16, 1907 Great White Fleet started its circumnavigation of the world

    • December 16, 1909 US pressure forces Nicaraguan President Jose Santos Zelaya from office

    • December 16, 1910 "During a ground test of his Coand-1910 plane, Henri Coand, caught unaware by the power of the engine, finds himself briefly airborne and loses control of the machine which crashes to the ground."

    • December 16, 1912 "The first US postage stamp picturing an airplane, $0.20 parcel post, issued"

    • December 16, 1913 "Charles Chaplin, one of the most famous actors in the silent-film era comes to work for the first time at Keystone Studios."

    • December 16, 1914 World War I: German battle ships under Franz Von Hipper bombard the English ports of Hartlepool and Scarborough.

    • December 16, 1916 "Gregory Rasputin, a monk with considerable influence over the Russian court, is murdered by noblemen."

    • December 16, 1920 "A magnitude 8.5 earthquake rocks the Gansu province in China, killing an estimated 200,000."

    • December 16, 1920 "Over 180,000 die when earthquake destroys 15,000 miles (Kansu China)"

    • December 16, 1922 Florence E. Allen becomes the first woman justice of a state supreme court (Ohio).

    • December 16, 1922 Gabriel Narutowicz first President of Polish Republic assassinated

    • December 16, 1922 President of Poland Gabriel Narutowicz is assassinated by Eligiusz Niewiadomski at the Zachta Gallery in Warsaw.

    • December 16, 1925 A regular broadcasting service is instituted in Ceylon.

    • December 16, 1925 Alpha Phi Omega national service fraternity is founded at Lafayette College.

    • December 16, 1929 The first NHL game at Chicago Stadium (Black Hawks)

    • December 16, 1937 Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempt to escape from the American federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay; neither is ever seen again.

    • December 16, 1941 Sarawak occupied by the Japanese

    • December 16, 1942 Holocaust: Porajmos - Heinrich Himmler orders that Roma candidates for extermination be deported to Auschwitz.

    • December 16, 1943 """Tamiami Champion"" trains collide, kills 73 & injures 200"

    • December 16, 1944 Battle of the Bulge begins in Belgium

    • December 16, 1944 Germans begin Battle of the Bulge to strike back at U.S. troops.

    • December 16, 1944 The Battle of the Bulge begins in WWII as Germany launches a surprise counter-attack against Allied forces in Belgium.

    • December 16, 1946 Lon Blum becomes Prime Minister of France.

    • December 16, 1946 Thailand joins the United Nations.

    • December 16, 1947 "William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain build the first practical point-contact transistor."

    • December 16, 1949 "Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget, later knows as SAAB, is founded in Sweden."

    • December 16, 1949 "Swedish Carmaker DebutsA Swedish company by the name of Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget produced its first motorcar. In 1965 the concern changed its name to Saab Aktiebolag, and a few years later simply to Saab. The first Saab automobiles were engineered with the precision of fighter planes--the company's other main product."

    • December 16, 1950 "President Harry S. Truman declares a state of emergency, after Chinese troops enter the fight with communist North Korea in the Korean War."

    • December 16, 1950 "Truman proclaims state of emergency against ""Communist imperialism"""

    • December 16, 1951 The detective show Dragnet previews on the anthology show Chesterfield Sound-Off Time.

    • December 16, 1953 "The Delaware Water Gap Bridge, linking New Jersey with Pennsylvania, opens to traffic."

    • December 16, 1957 Sir Feroz Khan Noon replaces Ibrahim Ismail Chundrigar as Prime Minister of Pakistan.

    • December 16, 1959 Snow falling in Lowarai Pass West Pakistan kills 48

    • December 16, 1960 134 die when a United DC-8 and a TWA Super Constellation collide in the skies over New York City.

    • December 16, 1960 "1960 New York air disaster: While approaching New York's Idlewild Airport, a United Airlines Douglas DC-8 collides with a TWA Lockheed Super Constellation in a blinding snowstorm over Staten Island, killing 134."

    • December 16, 1962 Constitutional Monarchical Hindu State of Nep l adopts new constitution

    • December 16, 1963 Kenya joins the United Nations.

    • December 16, 1965 Gemini 6 returns to Earth

    • December 16, 1965 Number one hit on UK music charts - The Beatles - Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out

    • December 16, 1965 Pioneer 6 launched into solar orbit

    • December 16, 1965 "Vietnam War: General William Westmoreland sends U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara a request for 243,000 more men by the end of 1966."

    • December 16, 1965 "W Somerset Maugham English author (""Of Human Bondage""), dies at 91"

    • December 16, 1966 "Beatles release ""Everywhere it's Christmas"" in the UK"

    • December 16, 1969 """War is Over! If You Want It, Happy Christmas from John & Yoko"" posters begin appearing"

    • December 16, 1970 The first successful landing on Venus (USSR)

    • December 16, 1971 Bangladesh War of Independence and Indo-Pakistani War of 1971: The surrender of the Pakistan army brings an end to both conflicts.

    • December 16, 1971 Independence Day of the State of Bahrain from British Protectorate Status

    • December 16, 1971 Pakistan army surrenders to Indian army in Bangladesh

    • December 16, 1972 Miami Dolphins become first undefeated NFL team (14-0-0)

    • December 16, 1972 Vietnam War: Henry Kissinger announces that North Vietnam has left private negotiations for peace in Paris.

    • December 16, 1973 "O.J. Simpson becomes first NFLer to rush 2,000 yard in a season"

    • December 16, 1973 "O.J. Simpson of the Buffalo Bills becomes the first NFL player to rush for 2,000 yards in a season."

    • December 16, 1976 George a goose that lived to 49 years 8 months

    • December 16, 1976 Government halts swine flu vaccination program following reports of paralysis

    • December 16, 1977 Saturday Night Fever debuts at the movies - USA

    • December 16, 1978 "Cleveland, Ohio becomes the first post-Depression era city to default on its loans, owing $14,000,000 to local banks."

    • December 16, 1978 "Cleveland, Ohio, become the first city in the post-Depression era to default on its loans."

    • December 16, 1978 Ronald Reagan denounces President Jimmy Carter's recognition of China PR

    • December 16, 1979 "Libya joins four other OPEC nations in raising crude oil prices, having an immediate dramatic effect on the United States."

    • December 16, 1980 Pres-elect Reagan announces Alexander Haig as secretary of state

    • December 16, 1981 Golden Knights Premier Clemson University

    • December 16, 1982 The Federal Reserve announces that the operating capacity of factories has gone down to 67.8%.

    • December 16, 1983 "Riverside, Cal judge denies cerebral palsy victim Elizabeth Bouviato request to starve herself to death in a county hospital"

    • December 16, 1983 Yogi Berra named Yankee manager for 2nd time

    • December 16, 1985 "Mafia: In New York City, Paul Castellano and Thomas Bilotti are shot dead on the orders of John Gotti, who assumes leadership of the Gambino family."

    • December 16, 1985 Paul Castellano Organized-crime chief shot dead by a NYC restaurant

    • December 16, 1986 "Revolt in Kazakhstan against Communist party, known as Zheltoksan, which becomes the first sign of ethnic strife during Gorbachev's tenure"

    • December 16, 1987 Roh Tae Woo wins Presidential Election in South Korea

    • December 16, 1988 "Political cult leader Lyndon LaRouche convicted of tax, mail fraud"

    • December 16, 1989 Number one hit on UK music charts - Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers - Let's Party

    • December 16, 1989 "Protest breaks out in Timioara in response to an attempt by the government to evict dissident Hungarian pastor, Lszl Tks."

    • December 16, 1989 "Walter LeRoy Moody begins his terrorist bombing streak when he sends Judge Robert Smith Vance a bomb in the mail, instantly killing him near his house in Birmingham, Alabama."

    • December 16, 1991 Independence of The Republic of Kazakhstan.

    • December 16, 1991 UN reverses ruling that Zionism is racism by 111-25 (13 abstain) vote

    • December 16, 1992 "IBM said it would make its first layoffs in fifty years. The company announced it would trim its staff by 25,000 employees and dispose of some of the assets of its mainframebusiness."

    • December 16, 1992 Israel orders deportation of 415 Palestinians after escalating terrorist activity

    • December 16, 1996 "IBM announced on this day in 1996 it would stop selling computers that used that PowerPC chip and ran Windows NT. IBM, Motorola, and Apple had teamed up to challenge Intel Corporation's dominance in chips and Microsoft's near monopoly on operating systems"

    • December 16, 1998 Iraq disarmament crisis: Operation Desert Fox - The United States and United Kingdom bomb targets in Iraq.

    • December 16, 2006 "Leona Lewis wins the third series of British UK talent show The X Factor (TV series), winning a 1 million record deal, and releases her debut single A Moment Like This."

    • December 16, 2007 "Presidential Candidate Ron Paul breaks record for 1 day fundrasing, raising 6 million dollars, a record previously held by John Kerry, at 5.7 million dollars."

    • December 16, 2009 An unarmed 26-year-old man is detained after attempting to enter the hospital room of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi as he recuperates from the recent assault.

    • December 16, 2009 Archaeologists in Jerusalem say they have discovered a burial shroud from around the time of Jesus in a tomb.

    • December 16, 2009 "Danish Prime Minister Lars L?kke Rasmussen replaces Connie Hedegaard in a ""procedural move"" as president of the U.N. climate talks, as further clashes take place around the perimeter of the summit."

    • December 16, 2009 "Kelly Kwalik, leader of the Free Papua Movement (OPM), is fatally shot by police in Indonesia."

    • December 16, 2009 Malawi recognizes the independence of Kosovo

    • December 16, 2009 "Mexican drug lord Arturo Beltr n Leyva, leader of the Beltr n-Leyva Cartel, is killed by personnel of the Mexican Navy during a shootout in Cuernavaca, Morelos."

    • December 16, 2009 "Nauru recognizes the independence of South Ossetia, one day after also establishing diplomatic relations with Abkhazia."

    • December 16, 2009 "North Korea reportedly bans all foreigners from entering the country until early February 2010, for unknown reasons."

    • December 16, 2009 "Roy E. Disney, head of Disney Animation and responsible for guiding the studio through a golden age of animation, dies in a California hospital in the United States."

    • December 16, 2009 "Russian economist Yegor Gaidar, the architect of the neoliberal reforms of the early 1990s as the first finance minister of post-Soviet Russia, dies unexpectedly in his home."

    • December 16, 2009 "The Philippine province of Albay is put under a ""state of imminent disaster"" as activity at the Mayon Volcano increases."

    • December 16, 2009 "The Supreme Court of Pakistan declares NRO as unconstitutional, paving way for the reopening of the corruption cases involving the President and other senior officials."

    • December 16, 2009 "Toumba Diakite, an aide to Guinea's military leader Moussa Dadis Camara admits to shooting him after the junta leader wanted him to take responsibility for the massacre of opposition protesters in September."

    • December 16, 2009 "UK airline Flyglobespan goes into administration, with the cancellation of all scheduled flights."

    • December 16, 2010 "Important Islamic date - Aashura: December 16, 2010"







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