On This Day: December 16th

This is 350th day of the year and 15 days remain in the year.

in history
1653
Oliver Cromwell became lord protector of England, Scotland, and Ireland.
1773
The Boston Tea Party took place.
1916
Grigori Rasputin assassinated by a group of noble Russian conspirators.
1920
One of the deadliest earthquakes in history hit the Gansu province in China. The 8.6 quake killed 200,000 people.
1944
The Battle of the Bulge during World War II began in Belgium.
1990
Jean-Bertrand Aristide was elected president of Haiti in the country's first democratic elections.
2000
Colin Powell was selected to become the first African-American secretary of state.
December 16 Birthdays
Ludwig van Beethoven1770–1827, German Composer.
Benjamin Brattactor
Philip K. Dickwriter
Margaret Meadanthropologist
George Santayanaphilosopher and poet
Noel Cowardplaywright, composer
Arthur C. Clarkescience fiction writer
Jane Austennovelist
Zoltán Kodálycomposer



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