Today in History, December 16th

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, December 16th!

1431 Henry VI of England is crowned King of France.
1653 Oliver Cromwell takes on dictatorial powers with the title of “Lord Protector.”

Oliver Cromwell

Oliver Cromwell

1773 The Boston Tea Party took place as American colonists boarded a British ship and dumped more than 300 chests of tea overboard to protest tea taxes.
1809 Napoleon Bonaparte was divorced from the Empress Josephine by an act of the French Senate.
1811 The first of the powerful New Madrid earthquakes, with an estimated magnitude of 7.7, struck the central Mississippi Valley.
1835 A fire in New York City destroys property estimated to be worth $20,000,000. It lasts two days, ravages 17 blocks, and destroys 674 buildings including the Stock Exchange, Merchants’ Exchange, Post Office, and the South Dutch Church.
1863 Confederate General Joseph Johnston takes command of the Army of Tennessee.
1864 Union forces under General George H. Thomas win the battle at Nashville, smashing an entire Confederate army.
1916 Gregory Rasputin, the monk who had wielded powerful influence over the Russian court, was murdered by a group of noblemen.

Gregory Rasputin

Gregory Rasputin

1917 Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke was born in Minehead, England.
1930 In Spain, a general strike is called in support of the revolution.
1939 The National Women’s Party urges immediate congressional action on equal rights.
1940 British troops carry out an air raid on Italian Somalia.
1944 Germany mounts a major offensive in the Ardennes Forest in Belgium. As the center of the Allied line falls back, it creates a bulge, leading to the name–the Battle of the Bulge.
1949 Chinese Communist leader Mao Tse-tung is received at the Kremlin in Moscow.
1950 President Harry Truman declares a state of National Emergency as Chinese communists invade deeper into South Korea.
1976 President Jimmy Carter appoints Andrew Young as Ambassador to the United Nations.

Andrew Young

Andrew Young

1978 Cleveland becomes the first U.S. city to default since the depression.
1985 Reputed organized-crime chief Paul Castellano was shot to death outside a New York City restaurant.
1990 Jean-Bertrand Aristide was elected president of Haiti in the country’s first democratic elections.
1991 The U.N. General Assembly rescinded its 1975 resolution equating Zionism with racism.
1998 President Bill Clinton ordered a sustained series of airstrikes against Iraq by American and British forces in response to Saddam Hussein’s continued defiance of U.N. weapons inspectors.
2000 President-elect George W. Bush selected Colin Powell to become the first African-American secretary of state.
2007 British forces formally handed over to Iraq responsibility for Basra, the last Iraqi region under their control.
2009 Iran test-fired a missile capable of hitting Israel and parts of Europe.
2010 Larry King concluded his CNN talk show after 25 years.

Today in history facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG Historynet.com, and HistoryOrb.com.

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history!

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