- German V-2 strikes Antwerp bioscope (638 kill)
- Nazi Germany launches a counteroffensive against the Allies in the Ardennes region of Belgium, beginning the 'Battle of the Bulge'
- US 2nd Infantry division occupies "Heartbreak Crossroads" Wahlerscheid
- John Abercrombie, American jazz guitarist, born in Portchester, New York (d. 2017)
- Yosemite Sam, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Friz Freleng, (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Stage Door Cartoon"
- General Dwight D. Eisenhower's clerk Rickey marries corporal Pearlie
- Don Meyer Basketball coach Northern State, Lipscomb, and Hamline
- Elisabeth ten Boom, Dutch woman portrayed in "The Hiding Place" dies at Ravensbrück concentration camp at 59
- Philip Guedalla, English barrister & historian, dies at 55
About December 16, 1944
Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 78 years, 5 months and 13 days
Leap Year: Yes
Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Sagittarius