On This Day

On This Day in History for December 16 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1978 Cleveland, Ohio becomes the first post-Depression era city to default on its loans, owing $14,000,000 to local banks.
  • 1979 4 British Army soldiers are killed by a PIRA landmine near Dungannon, County Tyrone. Another British Army soldier was killed by a PIRA landmine near Forkill, County Armagh
  • 1979 Libya raises crude oil prices, joining four other OPEC nations, which has a dramatic effect on the United States

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1980 President-elect Ronald Reagan announces Alexander Haig Jr. as 59th Secretary of State

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1981 Dutch Van Agt's 2nd government falls
  • 1982 The Federal Reserve announces that the operating capacity of factories has gone down to 67.8%.
  • 1983 Riverside, California; judge denies cerebral palsy victim Elizabeth Bouviato request to starve herself to death in a county hospital
  • 1985 Challenger moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) for mating of STS 51-L mission

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1985 John Gotti assumes leadership of New York's Gambino crime family after ordering the executions of Paul Castellano and Thomas Bilotti

Gangster John Gotti
Gangster
John Gotti
  • 1986 Revolt in Kazakhstan against Communist party, known as Zheltoksan, which becomes the first sign of ethnic strife during Gorbachev's tenure
  • 1987 Roh Tae Woo elected president of South Korea
  • 1988 Political cult leader Lyndon LaRouche convicted of tax, mail fraud
  • 1989 Geoff Marsh completes 355* for WA against South Australia
  • 1989 Protest breaks out in Timişoara in response to an attempt by the government to evict dissident Hungarian pastor, László Tőkés.
  • 1990 Rev. Jean-Bertrand Aristide elected President of Haiti
  • 1990 KUSW, Salt Lake City Utah, final shortwave radio transmissions

  • 1991 UN reverses ruling that Zionism is racism by 111-25 (13 abstain) vote
  • 1991 Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
  • 1995 The official adoption of the name "Euro"

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1997 US President Bill Clinton names his Labrador retriever "Buddy"

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 1998 Iraq disarmament crisis: Operation Desert Fox - the United States and United Kingdom bomb targets in Iraq
  • 2004 NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft is the 1st to cross the termination shock, where solar and interstellar winds merge

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2009 Ben Bernanke, Chair of the US Federal Reserve is named Time's Person of the Year for rescuing the global economy from the Great Recession

Economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke
Economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve
Ben Bernanke
  • 2012 4 people are killed after Cyclone Evan strikes Fiji
  • 2012 A gang rape of a woman on a bus in India that resulted in her death leads to national and international outrage
  • 2013 21 people are killed and 20 are injured after a bus falls from an elevated highway in Manila, Philippines
  • 2014 An Army Public School in Pakistan is attacked by Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan militants who kill 145 people
  • 2015 US Federal Reserve raises interest rates by 0.25% for the first time since 2006
  • 2016 5 day pollution red alert declared in Beijing and 21 other Chinese cities, classified by officials as a “meteorological disaster”

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2016 US State Department increases reward for information on Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to $25 million

Leader of Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Leader of Islamic State
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
  • 2018 Huge explosion and fire in a restaurant in Sapporo, Japan injures 42
  • 2018 Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is sworn back into office two months after being removed by President Sirisena
  • 2020 China blocks imports of coal, from Australia, the world's second biggest market for the world's biggest coal exporter
  • 2020 14 people found guilty of 2015 terror attacks on Charlie Hebdo office and supermarket in Paris
  • 2020 Major winter storm hits US Northeast resulting in at least seven deaths and Binghamton, New York, receiving record 41 inches of snow
  • 2020 Nine-year-old girl who died of an asthma attack in 2013 becomes first person in the world to officially have air pollution listed as cause of death

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