English Parliament passes Bill of Rights establishing limits on crown powers and requirement for regular elections
On December 16, 1689
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
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