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December 16 - Today in History
By Staff
Dec 16, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

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0882 - John VIII, Italian Pope (872-82), dies
0882 - Marinus I begins his reign as Catholic Pope succeeding John VIII
1431 - King Henry VI of England crowned king of France
1538 - King Francois I orders renewed pursuit of Protestants
1577 - Danzig surrenders to troops of Polish King Istv�n B�thory
1617 - Spanish viceroy Hernando Arias de Saavedra founds provinces R�o de la Plata (Argentina)/Guaira (Paraguay)
1631 - Mount Vesuvious, Italy erupts, destroys 6 villages & kills 4,000
1653 - Oliver Cromwell sworn in as English Lord Protector
1659 - General Monck demands free parliamentary election in Scotland
1672 - John II Casimir Vasa, cardinal/king of Poland (1648-68), dies at 63
1689 - English Parliament adopts Bill of Rights after Glorious Revolution
1740 - Prussian Libya falls to Silezie
1761 - Russian army occupies Kolberg
1773 - Big tea party in Boston harbor-indians welcome (Boston Tea Party)
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 NYC
1838 - Boers beat Zulu chieftain Dingaan in South Africa
1857 - Earthquake in Naples, Italy
1858 - Dutch govt decides to vacate Schokland Island
1862 - Kingdom of Nepal accepts its constitution
1864 - Battle of Nashville ends after 4400 casualities
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"
1890 - Negro Methodist Episcopal Church founded in Jackson, TN
1892 - Commencement of 1st Sheffield Shield cricket game, SA v NSW
1897 - 1st submarine with an internal combustion engine demonstrated
1900 - Boer army under gen Kritzinger take Cape colony
1901 - Boer general Kritzinger captured
1903 - Majestic Theater, NYC, becomes 1st in US to employ women ushers
1905 - "Variety," covering all phases of show business, 1st published
1907 - Eugene H Farrar is 1st to sing on radio (Bkln Navy Yard NY)
1907 - Great White Fleet sails from Hampton Downs on it's World Cruise
1908 - 1st credit union in US forms (Manchester NH)
1909 - US pressure forces Nicaraguan Pres Jos� Santos Zelaya from office
1912 - 1st US 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
1915 - Albert Einstein publishes his "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 - Gabriel Narutowicz, 1st pres of Poland (Dec 7-16, 1922), assassinated
1922 - Mutual Association of Eastern Colored Baseball Clubs) formally organizes
1922 - NSW all out for 786 against South Australia Cricket
1926 - Kenesaw Mountain Landis renewed 7-years as baseball commissioner
1927 - Cricket 1st-class debut of Don Bradman, NSW v South Australia
1929 - Chic Blackhawks 1st game at Chicago Stadium, beat Pitts 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
1938 - Bradman scores 143 South Aust v NSW, 11 fours 91 singles
1939 - Bradman scores 251* SA v 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 & Balkan
1943 - "Tamiami Champion" trains collide, kills 73 & 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 - US 2nd Inf division occupies "Heartbreak Crossroads" Wahlerscheid
1945 - Cleveland Rams win NFL championship
1949 - Sukarno becomes president Indonesia, Mokammed Hatta premier
1950 - Truman proclaims state of emergency against "Communist imperialism"
1953 - 1st White House Press Conference (President Eisenhower & 161 reporters)
1953 - Charles E Yeager fly > 2,575 kph in Bell X-1A
1958 - Bogot warehouse fire kills 82
1959 - Snow falling in Lowarai Pass West Pakistan kills 48
1960 - TWA 266 & United 826 collide over Staten Island, kills 134
1962 - NY Giant YA Title sets NFL season touchdown pass record at 33 with 6 touchdowns vs Dallas (41-31)
1962 - Nepal gets constitution/becomes Constitutional Hindu Monarchy
1964 - US performs nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
1965 - Gemini 6 returns to Earth
1965 - Pioneer 6 launched into solar orbit
1965 - Taufaeahau Tupou IV, becomes King of Tonga
1966 - Jimi Hendrix Experience releases its 1st single, "Hey Joe," in the UK
1967 - Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila 76ers scores 68 points vs Chicago
1969 - British House of Commons votes 343-185 abolishing the death penalty
1969 - "War is Over! If You Want It, Happy Christmas from John & Yoko" posters begin appearing
1970 - 1st successful landing on Venus (USSR)
1970 - US 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
1973 - US kidnap victim Paul Getty III freed
1974 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1974 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1975 - Bill Veeck buys 80% of White Sox from John Allyn
1976 - Andrew Young named Ambassador & Chief US Delegate to UN
1976 - Charlie Finley's $10 million damage suit against Bowie Kuhn begins
  - 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 - QB Roger Staubach's last regular season game with the Dallas Cowboys
1980 - Harland "Colonel" Sanders, founder Kentucky Fried Chicken, dies at 90
1980 - President elect Reagan announces Alexander Haig as secretary of state
1981 - Dutch Van Agt's 2nd government falls
1982 - Tom Seaver agrees to new contract with Met
1983 - Spokesperson for The Who announces the group is disbanding
1983 - Yogi Berra named Yankee manager for 2nd time
1983 - Riverside, Cal judge denies cerebral palsy victim Elizabeth Bouviato request to starve herself to death in a county hospital
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 pres of Haiti
1990 - Rev Jean Betrand Aristide elected president of Haiti
1991 - Fla Marlins sign their 1st player, 16 year old pitcher Clemente Nunez
1991 - UN reverses ruling that Zionism is racism by 111-25 (13 abstain) vote
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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