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Events and People Who Made History on December 16

9th Century

882 - Marinus I begins his reign as Catholic Pope succeeding John VIII

15th Century

1431 - King Henry VI of England crowned king of France

16th Century

1538 - King Francois I orders renewed pursuit of Protestants
1577 - Danzig surrenders to troops of Polish king Istvan Bathory

17th Century

1617 - Spanish viceroy Hernando Arias de Saavedra founds provinces Rio de la Plata (Argentina)/Guaira (Paraguay)
1631 - Mount Vesuvious, Italy erupts, destroys 6 villages and kills 4,000
1653 - Oliver Cromwell sworn in as English Lord Protector
1659 - General Monck demands free parliamentary election in Scotland
1689 - English Parliament adopts Bill of Rights after Glorious Revolution

18th Century

1740 - Prussian Libya falls to Silezie
1761 - Russian army occupies Kolberg
1767 - Van Ritter von Glucks opera "Alceste" premiers
1773 - Big tea party in Boston harbor-indians welcome (Boston Tea Party)

19th Century

1809 - Napoleon Bonaparte divorces Empress Josephine by French Senate
1811 - 8.0 earthquake shakes New Madrid, Missouri
1817 - Leaders of Molukkas uprising hanged in Ambon
1824 - Great North Holland Canal opens
1835 - Fire consumes over 600 buildings in New York City
1838 - Boers beat Zulu chieftain Dingaan in South Africa
1857 - Earthquake in Naples, Italy
1858 - Dutch government decides to vacate Schokland Island
1862 - Kingdom of Nepal accepts its constitution
1864 - Battle of Nashville ends after 4400 casualities
1877 - Anton Bruckner's 3rd Symphony in D, premieres
1880 - Republic of South Africa forms
1884 - Great Britain recognizes King Leopold II's Congo Free State
1886 - Rift at Dutch Reformed Church over "Doleantie"
1892 - Commencement of 1st Sheffield Shield cricket game, SA vs. NSW
1893 - Anton Dvorak's "New World Symphony" premieres
1897 - 1st submarine with an internal combustion engine demonstrated

20th Century

1900 - Boer army under General Kritzinger take Cape colony
1901 - Boer general Kritzinger captured
1903 - Majestic Theater, New York City, becomes 1st in U.S. to employ women ushers
1905 - "Variety," covering all phases of show business, 1st published
1907 - Eugene H Farrar is 1st to sing on radio (Brooklyn Navy Yard New York)
1907 - Great White Fleet sails from Hampton Downs on it's World Cruise
1908 - 1st credit union in U.S. forms, Manchester, New Hampshire
1909 - U.S. pressure forces Nicaraguan President Jose Santos Zelaya from office
1912 - 1st U.S. postage stamp picturing an airplane, 20 cent parcel post, issued
1912 - Austria-Hungary engage in conflict with Serbia
1913 - Charlie Chaplin began his film career at Keystone for $150 a week
1914 - French offensive in Artois (Petain)
1915 - Albert Einstein publishes the General Theory of Relativity
1918 - Jack Dempsey KOs Carl Morris in 14 seconds
1920 - 8.6 earthquake destroys 15,000 miles (Kansu China); Over 180,000 die
1922 - Mutual Association of Eastern Colored Baseball Clubs formally organizes
1922 - NSW all out for 786 against South Australia Cricket
1924 - Noel Coward's "Vortex," premieres in London
1926 - Darius Milhauds opera "Le Pauvre Matelot," premieres in Paris
1926 - Kenesaw Mountain Landis renewed 7-years as baseball commissioner
1926 - WOW-AM in Omaha NE begins radio transmissions
1927 - Cricket 1st-class debut of Don Bradman, NSW vs. South Australia
1929 - Chicago Blackhawks 1st game at Chicago Stadium, beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-1
1930 - Golfer Bobby Jones wins James E Sullivan Award
1931 - German SPD begins Eiserne Front against fascism
1932 - Heavy earthquake ravages Kansu China, 70,000 killed
1933 - Abe de Vries and Sipke Castelein win Elfstedentocht
1936 - John Monks/Fred Finklehoff's "Brother Rat," premieres in New York City
1938 - Bradman scores 143 South Australia vs. NSW, 11 fours 91 singles
1939 - Bradman scores 251* SA vs. NSW, 271 minutes, 38 fours 2 sixes
1940 - British air raid on Mannheim
1940 - Joe Louis KOs Al McCoy in 6 for heavyweight boxing title in Chicago
1941 - Sarawak occupied by Japanese
1942 - Hitler orders combat against partisans in Russia and Balkan
1943 - "Tamiami Champion" trains collide, kills 73 and injures 200
1944 - Battle of Bulge begins in Belgium
1944 - General Eisenhower's clerk Rickey marries corporal Pearlie
1944 - German V-2 strikes Antwerp bioscope (638 kill)
1944 - U.S. 2nd Inf division occupies "Heartbreak Crossroads" Wahlerscheid
1945 - Cleveland Rams win NFL championship
1948 - "Lend an Ear" opens at National Theater New York City for 460 performances
1949 - Sukarno becomes president Indonesia, Mokammed Hatta premier
1950 - "Let's Make an Opera" closes at John Golden Theater New York City after 5 performances
1950 - Truman proclaims state of emergency against "Communist imperialism"
1953 - 1st White House Press Conference (President Eisenhower and 161 reporters)
1953 - Charles E Yeager fly > 2,575 kph in Bell X-1A
1956 - "Fanny" closes at Majestic Theater New York City after 888 performances
1958 - Bogota warehouse fire kills 82
1959 - Snow falling in Lowarai Pass West Pakistan kills 48
1960 - TWA 266 and United 826 collide over Staten Island, kills 134
1960 - "Wildcat" opens at Alvin Theater New York City for 172 performances
1961 - "Evening with Yves Montand" opens at John Golden New York City after 55 performances
1962 - David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia" premieres
1962 - Nepal gets constitution/becomes Constitutional Hindu Monarchy
1962 - New York Giant YA Title sets NFL season touchdown pass record at 33 with 6 touchdowns vs Dallas (41-31)
1964 - U.S. performs nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
1965 - Gemini 6 returns to Earth
1965 - Pioneer 6 launched into solar orbit
1965 - Taufa'ahau Tupou IV, becomes King of Tonga
1966 - Beatles release "Everywhere its Christmas" in UK
1966 - Jimi Hendrix Experience releases its 1st single, "Hey Joe," in the UK
1967 - Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia 76ers scores 68 points vs Chicago
1968 - KFIZ TV channel 34 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin begins broadcasting
1969 - British House of Commons votes 343-185 abolishing the death penalty
1969 - "War is Over! If You Want It, Happy Christmas from John and Yoko" posters begin appearing
1970 - 1st successful landing on Venus (U.S.S.R.)
1970 - U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1971 - Bangladesh (East Pakistan) declares independence from Pakistan
1971 - Don McLean's 8+ minute version of "American Pie" released
1971 - India's army occupies Dacca, West Pakistani troops surrenders
1972 - Bangladesh Constitution goes into effect
1972 - Miami Dolphins become 1st undefeated NFL team (14-0-0)
1973 - O. J. Simpson becomes 1st NFLer to rush 2,000 yard in a season
1974 - U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1974 - U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1975 - 1st broadcast of "One Day at a Time" on CBS TV
1975 - Bill Veeck buys 80% of White Sox from John Allyn
1976 - Andrew Young named Ambassador and Chief U.S. Delegate to UN
1976 - Charlie Finley's $10 million damage suit against Bowie Kuhn begins
1976 - Government halts swine flu vaccination prog following reports of paralysis
1976 - Liberian tanker stranded at Nantucket, 180,000 barrels oil in sea
1978 - Ronald Reagan denounces President Jimmy Carter's recognition of China PR
1979 - 68th Davis Cup: USA beats Italy in San Francisco (5-0)
1979 - Quarterback Roger Staubach's last regular season game with the Dallas Cowboys
1980 - Alexander Haig named Reagan's Secretary of State
1981 - Dutch Van Agt's 2nd government falls
1982 - Tom Seaver agrees to new contract with Mets
1983 - Spokesperson for The Who announces the group is disbanding
1983 - Yogi Berra named Yankee manager for 2nd time
1985 - Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS-51-L mission
1987 - Roh Tae Woo elected president of South Korea
1988 - Political cult leader Lyndon LaRouche convicted of tax, mail fraud
1989 - Commencement of 1st Test Cricket play at Bellerive Oval, Hobart (v SL)
1989 - Geoff Marsh completes 355* for WA against South Australia
1990 - Jean-Bertrand Aristide elected President of Haiti
1990 - KUSW, Salt Lake City Utah, final shortwave radio transmissions
1991 - Florida Marlins sign their 1st player, 16 year old pitcher Clemente Nunez
1991 - U.N. reverses ruling that Zionism is racism by 111-25 (13 abstain) vote
1993 - "Red Shoes" opens at Gershwin Theater New York City for 5 performances
1993 - Shannen Doherty (Brenda) is fired from Beverly Hills 90210
1994 - Davy Jones (Monkees), charged with DWI
1997 - President Clinton names his Labrador retriever, "Buddy"


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