On This Day: December 16th
This is 351st day of the year and 15 days remain in the year.
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.
Colin Powell was selected to become the first African-American secretary of state.
December 16 BirthdaysLudwig van Beethoven1770–1827, German Composer.
Philip K. Dickwriter
George Santayanaphilosopher and poet
Noel Cowardplaywright, composer
Arthur C. Clarkescience fiction writer