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What Happened On This Day In History?


Saturday, December 16th 2017

Today is the 350th day of 2017.  There are 15 days left in this year.

Notable Events

1653
Oliver Cromwell became lord protector of England, Scotland and Ireland.
1773
The Boston Tea Party took place as American colonists boarded a British ship and dumped more than 300 chests of tea overboard to protest tea taxes.
1809
Napoleon Bonaparte was divorced from the Empress Josephine by an act of the French Senate. He divorced her because she had not produced children.
1811
Near New Madrid, Missouri, the greatest series of earthquakes in United States history occurred with a quake of an estimated 8.6 magnitude on the Richter scale. The region was sparsely inhabited at the time and there were no known fatalities.
1916
Gregory Rasputin, the monk who had wielded powerful influence over the Russian court, was murdered by a group of noblemen.
1925
One of the deadliest earthquakes in history measuring 8.5 on the Richter scale, hit the Gansu province of midwestern China, and caused massive landslides and the deaths of over 200,000 people.
1944
The Battle of the Bulge during World War II began as German forces launched a surprise counterattack against Allied forces in Belgium.
1950
President Truman proclaimed a national state of emergency in order to fight ''Communist imperialism.''
1951
"Dragnet" premiered on television.
1960
A United Air Lines DC-8 and a TWA Super Constellation collided over New York City, killing 134 people.
1978
Cleveland became the first U.S. city to default since the Depression.
1985
Reputed organized-crime chief Paul Castellano was shot to death outside a New York City restaurant.
1990
Jean-Bertrand Aristide was elected president of Haiti in the country's first democratic elections.
1991
The U.N. General Assembly rescinded its 1975 resolution equating Zionism with racism by a 111-25 vote.
1996
Britain's agriculture minister announced the slaughter of an additional 100,000 cows thought to be at risk of contracting BSE (mad cow disease) in an effort to persuade the EU to lift its ban on British beef.
1998
President Clinton ordered a sustained series of airstrikes against Iraq by American and British forces in response to Saddam Hussein's continued defiance of UN weapons inspectors.
2000
President-elect George W. Bush selected Colin Powell to become the first African-American secretary of state.

Notable Births

1485
Catherine of Aragon, 1st wife of King Henry VIII of England, who bore him five children.
1770
Composer Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany.
1775
Jane Austen, British author.
1863
George Santayana, Spanish-born American philosopher/poet.
1899
Noel Coward, the English actor, playwright and composer, was born in London.
1901
Margaret Mead, American anthropologist, who wrote 44 books and over 1000 articles.
1917
Arthur C. Clark, English science fiction writer.

Notable Deaths

1859
Wilhelm Carl Grimm, German philologist and folklorist who teamed up with his brother, Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm (Brothers Grimm) to write many folk songs and folktales.
1944
Glenn Miller, American trombonist, composer, and band leader, presumably in an airplane crash (no bodies or wreckage were ever found) over water while in the military during World War II.
1980
Colonel Harlan Sanders, founder of KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) restaurants.
2005
Jack Anderson, Pulitzer Prize-winning American newspaper columnist, considered one of the fathers of modern investigative journalism. He was 83.
2007
Dan Fogelberg, the singer and songwriter whose hits "Leader of the Band" and "Same Old Lang Syne" helped define the soft-rock era, died Sunday at his home in Maine after battling prostate cancer. He was 56
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