What Happened on December 16

Historical Events

  • 755 An Lushan revolts against Chancellor Yang Guozhong at Fanyang, initiating the An Shi Rebellion during the Tang Dynasty of China.
  • 1598 Seven Year War: Battle of Noryang Point - The final battle of the Seven Year War is fought between the Korean and Japanese navies, resulting in a decisive Korean victory.
  • 1653 Parliamentarian General Oliver Cromwell appointed as Lord Protector of England, Scotland and Ireland
  • 1773 Boston tea party incident - Sons of Liberty protesters throw tea shipments into Boston harbour in protest against British imposed Tea Act
  • 1944 Ardennes campaign ('Battle of the Bulge') begins in Belgium
  • 1998 Iraq disarmament crisis: Operation Desert Fox - the United States and United Kingdom bomb targets in Iraq.
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Did You Know?

English Parliament passes Bill of Rights establishing limits on crown powers and requirement for regular elections

On December 16, 1689

Famous Weddings

  • 1944 Gen Eisenhower's clerk Rickey marries corporal Pearlie
  • 1991 NBA center David Robinson (26) weds Valerie Hoggatt at a Baptist church ceremony in San Antonio, Texas
  • 2000 Tennis player Todd Martin (30) weds Amy Martin in New Jersey

Famous Divorces

  • 1809 Napoleon Bonaparte divorces Empress JosĂ©phine by French Senate
  • 1999 Actress Linda Hamilton (43) divorces director James Cameron (45) due to irreconcilable differences after 2 years of marriage
  • 2005 American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (25) divorces singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (31) due to irreconcilable differences
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