16 DECEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Catherine of Aragon, 1485
  • Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770
  • Jane Austen, 1775
  • King Leopold I of the Belgians, 1790
  • George Santayana, 1863
  • Noel Coward, 1899
  • V. S. Pritchett, 1900
  • Margaret Mead, 1901
  • Arthur C. Clarke, 1917
  • James McCracken, 1926
  • Liv Ullmann, 1939
  • Lesley Stahl, 1941
  • Steven Bochco, 1943
  • Ben Cross, 1947
  • William 'Refrigerator' Perry, 1962
  • Benjamin Bratt, 1963

Died On This Day:

  • Pepin II of the Franks, AD 714
  • Wilhelm Carl Grimm, 1859
  • Camille Saint-Saens, 1921
  • Thelma Todd, 1935
  • Glenn Miller killed, 1944
  • William Somerset Maugham, 1965
  • Colonel Harlan Sanders, 1980
  • Big Paul Castellano murdered, 1985
  • Silvana Mangano, 1989
  • Lee Van Cleef, 1989
  • Nathan Milstein, 1992
  • Moses Gunn, 1993
  • Dan Fogelberg, 2007
  • Roy Disney, 2009
  • Nicol Williamson, 2011
  • Keely Smith, 2017

Today's Events:

  • 1431 - 10 year-old Henry VI crowned King of France.
  • 1631 - Mount Vesuvius erupts again; 18,000 killed.
  • 1653 - Oliver Cromwell becomes Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland.
  • 1773 - Boston Tea Party begins U.S. War of Independence-342 chests of tea dumped in Boston harbor.
  • 1809 - Napoleon divorces Josephine.
  • 1811 - Huge earthquake in New Madrid, Missouri is felt 1,100 miles away in Boston.
  • 1835 - Fire in New York. 600 buildings demolished.
  • 1838 - Boers crush Zulu King Dingaan, kill 3,000 at Battle of Blood River, Natal.
  • 1877 - Anton Bruckner's Third Symphony in D has a disastrous premiere in Vienna; audience boos.
  • 1879 - Transvaal Republic founded under Marthinius Pretorius-South Africa born.
  • 1893 - Dvorak's New World Symphony premieres at Carnegie Hall, NY.
  • 1920 - Landslide in Kansu Province, China, kills 180,000.
  • 1944 - Battle of Ardennes. Battle of the Bulge, last major German offensive begins. WWII
  • 1947 - At Bell Labs in Murray Hill NJ, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain invent the transistor.
  • 1953 - Chuck Yeager sets new airborne speed record flying Bell X-1A rocket-fueled plane 1,600 mph.
  • 1954 - Commercially successful synthetic diamonds produced for the first time by Tracy Hall of General Electric.
  • 1954 - Agatha Christie's 'Witness for the Prosecution' starts 645 performance run on Broadway.
  • 1965 - Pioneer 6 satellite launched; expected to burn out in six months - still going after 18 billion miles.
  • 1973 - O. J. Simpson becomes first pro football player to rush more than 2,000 yards in one season.
  • 1997 - Record wind speed measured at Guam - 236 mph - during Typhoon Paka.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Adelaide (died today in A.D. 999)
  • Eusebius of Vercelli

Holiday:

  • Dingaans Day (South Africa)
  • The Posadas, nine days of Christmas, begins in Mexico

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • ADVENT SUNDAY, Sunday nearest to feast of Saint Andrew (Nov. 30) whether before or after.
  • CHANUKKA (Jewish Feast of Lights), eight day holiday beginning on 25th day of lunar month Kislev.
  • TSAO CHÜN, Festival of the Kitchen God in China (23rd day of the twelfth moon (or 24th in Kwantung)
  • CH'U HSI, Night of the Thirtieth (29th day of the twelfth moon)
  • KWANZAA - African American Heritage celebrated December 26 - January 1

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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