This was 351st day of the year and 15 days remained in the year.

December 16 Birthdays

Ludwig van Beethoven
1770–1827, German Composer.

Jane Austen
novelist (1775)

George Santayana
philosopher and poet (1863)

Zoltán Kodály
composer (1882)

Noel Coward
playwright, composer (1899)

Margaret Mead
anthropologist (1901)

Arthur C. Clarke
science fiction writer (1917)

Philip K. Dick
writer (1928)

Benjamin Bratt
actor (1963)

December 16 in History


Oliver Cromwell became lord protector of England, Scotland, and Ireland.


The Boston Tea Party took place.


Grigori Rasputin assassinated by a group of noble Russian conspirators.


One of the deadliest earthquakes in history hit the Gansu province in China. The 8.6 quake killed 200,000 people.


The Battle of the Bulge during World War II began in Belgium.


Jean-Bertrand Aristide was elected president of Haiti in the country's first democratic elections.


Colin Powell was selected to become the first African-American secretary of state.

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