On This Day

What Happened on December 16

Important Events

  • 755 An Lushan revolts against Chancellor Yang Guozhong at Fanyang, initiating the An Shi Rebellion during Chinese Tang Dynasty
  • 1598 Seven Year War: Battle of Noryang Point - in the final battle of the war Korean navy decisively defeats the Japanese
  • 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
  • 1920 8.5 earthquake rocks the Gansu province in China, killing an estimated 200,000
  • 1944 Nazi Germany launches a counteroffensive against the Allies in the Ardennes region of Belgium, beginning the 'Battle of the Bulge'
  • 1998 Iraq disarmament crisis: Operation Desert Fox - the United States and United Kingdom bomb targets in Iraq
More Historical Events

Dec 16 in Film & TV

  • 1967 "Playtime", French film directed by Jacques Tati, starring himself, is released

Dec 16 in Music

  • 1893 Antonín Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 - "New World Symphony" premieres at Carnegie Hall, New York

Dec 16 in Sport

  • 1930 Golfer Bobby Jones is the first to win the James E. Sullivan Award (best US amateur athlete)

Do you know this fact about today?Did You Know?

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

On December 16, 1689

Would you believe this fact about today?Would You Believe?

Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempt to escape from American federal prison Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay; neither is ever seen again.

On December 16, 1937

Famous Weddings

  • 1944 General Dwight D. Eisenhower's clerk Rickey marries corporal Pearlie
  • 1950 Former child actress Shirley Temple marries 2nd husband naval officer Charles Alden Black
  • 1991 NBA center David Robinson (26) weds Valerie Hoggatt at a Baptist church ceremony in San Antonio, Texas

Famous Divorces

  • 1809 Napoleon Bonaparte divorces Empress Joséphine 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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