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December 16th, 1998 (December 16 1998)EventIraq disarmament crisis: Operation Desert FoxThe United States and United Kingdom bomb targets in Iraq.
December 16th, 1991 (December 16 1991)EventUnited Nations General Assembly: UN General Assembly Resolution 4686 revokes UN General Assembly Resolution 3379 after Israel makes revocation of resolution 3379 a condition of its participation in the Madrid Peace Conference of 1991.
December 16th, 1991 (December 16 1991)EventIndependence of The Republic of Kazakhstan.
December 16th, 1989 (December 16 1989)EventProtest breaks out in Timisoara in response to an attempt by the government to evict dissident Hungarian pastor, Laszlo Tokes.
December 16th, 1989 (December 16 1989)EventWalter LeRoy Moody begins his terrorist bombing streak when he sends Judge Robert Smith Vance a bomb in the mail, instantly killing him near his house in Birmingham, Alabama.
December 16th, 1986 (December 16 1986)EventRevolt in Kazakhstan against Communist party, known as Zheltoksan, which becomes the first sign of ethnic strife during Gorbachev s tenure
December 16th, 1985 (December 16 1985)EventMafia: In New York City, Paul Castellano and Thomas Bilotti are shot dead on the orders of John Gotti, who assumes leadership of the Gambino family.
December 16th, 1982 (December 16 1982)EventThe Federal Reserve announces that the operating capacity of factories has gone down to 67.8%.
December 16th, 1979 (December 16 1979)EventLibya joins four other OPEC nations in raising crude oil prices, having an immediate dramatic effect on the United States.
December 16th, 1978 (December 16 1978)EventCleveland, Ohio becomes the first post-Depression era city to default on its loans, owing $14,000,000 to local banks.
December 16th, 1972 (December 16 1972)EventVietnam War: Henry Kissinger announces that North Vietnam has left private peace negotiations, in Paris.Henry Kissinger Quotes
December 16th, 1971 (December 16 1971)EventBangladesh War of Independence and Indo-Pakistani War of 1971: The surrender of the Pakistan army brings an end to both conflicts.
December 16th, 1971 (December 16 1971)EventIndependence Day of the State of Bahrain from British Protectorate Status
December 16th, 1965 (December 16 1965)EventVietnam War: General William Westmoreland sends U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara a request for 243,000 more men by the end of 1966.Robert McNamara Quotes
December 16th, 1960 (December 16 1960)Event1960 New York air disaster: While approaching New York s Idlewild Airport, a United Airlines Douglas DC-8 collides with a TWA Lockheed Super Constellation in a blinding snowstorm over Staten Island, killing 134.
December 16th, 1957 (December 16 1957)EventSir Feroz Khan Noon replaces Ibrahim Ismail Chundrigar as Prime Minister of Pakistan.
December 16th, 1950 (December 16 1950)EventPresident Harry S. Truman declares a state of emergency, after Chinese troops enter the fight with communist North Korea in the Korean War.Harry S. Truman Quotes
December 16th, 1949 (December 16 1949)EventSvenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget, later knows as SAAB, is founded in Sweden.
December 16th, 1947 (December 16 1947)EventWilliam Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain build the first practical point-contact transistor.
December 16th, 1946 (December 16 1946)EventLeon Blum becomes Prime Minister of France.
December 16th, 1944 (December 16 1944)EventWorld War II: Battle of the BulgeGeneral Dwight D. Eisenhower s allied forces and Field Marshall Gerd von Rundstedt s German army engage in the Belgian Ardennes.Gerd von Rundstedt Quotes
December 16th, 1942 (December 16 1942)EventHolocaust: PorajmosHeinrich Himmler orders that Roma candidates for extermination be deported to Auschwitz.Heinrich Himmler Quotes
December 16th, 1941 (December 16 1941)EventWorld War II: Japanese occupy Miri, Sarawak
December 16th, 1938 (December 16 1938)EventAdolf Hitler institutes the Cross of Honor of the German MotherAdolf Hitler Quotes
December 16th, 1937 (December 16 1937)EventTheodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempt to escape from the American federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay; neither is ever seen again.
December 16th, 1925 (December 16 1925)EventAlpha Phi Omega national service fraternity is founded at Lafayette College.
December 16th, 1922 (December 16 1922)EventPresident of Poland Gabriel Narutowicz is assassinated by Eligiusz Niewiadomski at the Zacheta Gallery in Warsaw.
December 16th, 1920 (December 16 1920)EventThe Haiyuan earthquake, magnitude 8.5, rocks the Gansu province in China, killing an estimated 200,000.
December 16th, 1914 (December 16 1914)EventWorld War I: German battleships under Franz Von Hipper bombard the English ports of Hartlepool and Scarborough.
December 16th, 1910 (December 16 1910)EventDuring a ground test of his Coanda-1910 plane, Henri Coanda, caught unaware by the power of the engine, finds himself briefly airborne and loses control of the machine which crashes to the ground.
December 16th, 1907 (December 16 1907)EventGreat White Fleet started its circumnavigation of the world
December 16th, 1893 (December 16 1893)EventAntonin Dvorak s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, "From The New World" was given its world premiere at Carnegie Hall.Antonin Dvorak Quotes
December 16th, 1864 (December 16 1864)EventAmerican Civil War: Franklin-Nashville CampaignBattle of NashvilleMajor General George H. Thomas s Union forces defeat Lieutenant General John Bell Hood s Confederate Army of Tennessee.Thomas Hood Quotes
December 16th, 1863 (December 16 1863)EventAmerican Civil War: Joseph E. Johnston replaces Braxton Bragg as commander of the Army of Tennessee.
December 16th, 1850 (December 16 1850)EventHistory of New Zealand: The Charlotte-Jane and the Randolph bring the first of the Canterbury Pilgrims to Lyttelton.
December 16th, 1838 (December 16 1838)EventBattle of Blood River: Voortrekkers led by Andries Pretorius combat Zulu impis, led by Dambuza (Nzobo) and Ndlela kaSompisi in what is today KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
December 16th, 1826 (December 16 1826)EventBenjamin W. Edwards rides into Mexican controlled Nacogdoches, Texas and declares himself ruler of the Republic of Fredonia.
December 16th, 1811 (December 16 1811)EventThe first two in a series of severe earthquakes occurs, in the vicinity of New Madrid, Missouri.
December 16th, 1773 (December 16 1773)EventAmerican Revolution: Boston Tea PartyMembers of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawks dump crates of tea into Boston harbor as a protest against the Tea Act.
December 16th, 1761 (December 16 1761)EventSeven Years War: After four-month siege, the Russians under Pyotr Rumyantsev take the Prussian fortress of Kolobrzeg.
December 16th, 1707 (December 16 1707)EventLast recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan.
December 16th, 1689 (December 16 1689)EventConvention Parliament: The Declaration of Right is embodied in the Bill of Rights.
December 16th, 1653 (December 16 1653)EventEnglish Interregnum: The ProtectorateOliver Cromwell becomes Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland.Oliver Cromwell Quotes
December 16th, 1598 (December 16 1598)EventSeven Year War: Battle of Noryang PointThe final battle of the Seven Year War is fought between the Korean and Japanese navies, resulting in a decisive Korean victory.
December 16th, 1575 (December 16 1575)EventThe 1575 Valdivia earthquake takes place.
December 16th, 1497 (December 16 1497)EventVasco da Gama rounds the Cape of Good Hope, the point where Bartolomeu Dias had previously turned back to Portugal.
December 16th, 1431 (December 16 1431)EventHenry VI of England is crowned King of France at Notre Dame in Paris.
December 16th, 1392 (December 16 1392)EventNanboku-choEmperor Go-Kameyama abdicates in favor of rival claimant Go-Komatsu.
December 16th, 0755 (December 16 0755)EventAn Lushan revolts against Chancellor Yang Guozhong at Fanyang, initiating the An Shi Rebellion during the Tang Dynasty of China.

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