Friday, December 16, 2011
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
President of Somalia Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed names former Interior Minister Mohamoud Mohamed Gacmodhere as Prime Minister, but incumbent PM Nur Hassan Hussein is supported in a parliamentary vote, requiring a confidence motion before Ahmed could replace Hussein. //news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-12/16/content_10513247.htm
Friday, December 16, 2005
Tuesday, December 16, 2003
Monday, December 16, 2002
Former Vice President and 2000 Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore announces on the CBS News' "60 Minutes" that he will not seek election to the presidency in 2004.
Former Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavšić pled guilty to one count of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague for her part in atrocities against Bosnian Muslims and Croats during the 1992–95 Bosnian War.
Wednesday, December 16, 1998
19 ndash Iraq disarmament crisis: U.S. President Bill Clinton orders airstrikes on Iraq. UNSCOM withdraws all weapons inspectors from Iraq.
Tuesday, December 16, 1997
Saturday, December 16, 1995
HM The Queen advises an early divorce to Lady Diana Spencer and Charles, Prince of Wales. The divorce was finalized on 28 August 1996.
Thursday, December 16, 1993
Brazil's Supreme Court rules that former President Fernando Collor de Mello may not hold elected office again until 2000 due to political corruption.
Monday, December 16, 1991
Sunday, December 16, 1990
Friday, December 16, 1988
Perennial U.S. presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche
is convicted of mail fraud.
Monday, December 16, 1985
In New York City, Mafia bosses Paul Castellano and Thomas Bilotti are shot dead in front of Spark's Steak House, making hit organizer John Gotti the leader of the powerful Gambino organized crime family.
Tuesday, December 16, 1980
During a summit on the island of Bali
decides to raise the price of petroleum
Saturday, December 16, 1978
Train 87 from Nanjing
collides with train 368 from Xi'an
near Yangzhuang railway station in China, killing 106, injuring 218.
Friday, December 16, 1977
Sunday, December 16, 1973
Thursday, December 16, 1971
In the longest game in NFL history, the Miami Dolphins beat the Kansas City Chiefs.
Intelsat IV (F3) is launched it enters commercial service over the Atlantic Ocean February 18, 1972.
The U.S. dollar
is devalued for the second time in history.
Wednesday, December 16, 1970
General Secretary of the Polish Communist Party, Władysław Gomułka, resigns Edward Gierek replaces him.
An Egyptian delegation leaves for Moscow to ask for economic and military aid
n Revolutionary Council declares that it will nationalize all foreign banks in the country.
The North Tower of the World Trade Center is topped out at 1,368 feet (417 m), making it the tallest building in the world.
The Polish government freezes food prices for 2 years.
The Ethiopian government declares a state of emergency in the county of Eritrea over the activities of the Eritrean Liberation Front.
Tuesday, December 16, 1958
A fire breaks out in the Vida Department Store in Bogota, Colombia
and kills 84 persons.
Sunday, December 16, 1951
Saturday, December 16, 1950
Friday, December 16, 1949
Sukarno is elected president of the Republic of Indonesia.
Monday, December 16, 1946
Siam joins the United Nations (changes name to Thailand in 1949).
Saturday, December 16, 1944
Monday, December 16, 1940
Friday, December 16, 1938
Thursday, December 16, 1937
Saturday, December 16, 1922
Gabriel Narutowicz, president of Poland, is assassinated.
Wednesday, December 16, 1903
Taj Mahal Palace Tower hotel in Bombay opens its doors to guests.
Saturday, December 16, 1893
Colored High becomes the first African American high school in Houston, TX its name is later changed to Booker T. Washington High School.
In the U.S., the National Sculpture Society (NSS) is founded.
Evergreen Park, Illinois is founded.
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada is incorporated as a town.
William Ewart Gladstone introduces a bill to give Ireland self-government but it fails to pass.
71.2% of the working population of São Paulo
The Athletic Club Královské Vinohrady, later Sparta Prague
, is founded.
Tuesday, December 16, 1884
The Third Reform Act widens the adult male electorate in the United Kingdom to around 60%.
The Stefan-Boltzmann law is reformulated by Ludwig Boltzmann.
Economic depression in the USA.
Reformers in Korea who admire the Meiji Restoration in Japan stage a coup with Japan's help. China intervens to rescue the king and help suppress the rebels. Afterward both China and Japan agree to withdraw their troops and military advisers.
Mexican General Manuel Mondragón creates the Mondragón rifle
, the worlds first automatic rifle.
Police training schools are established in every prefecture in Japan.
The first Christian
missionary arrives in Korea.
Tuesday, December 16, 1873
Wednesday, December 16, 1857
An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.9 kills 11,000 people in Naples, Italy.
Monday, December 16, 1850
Europeans make up 22% of the world population.
The city of Manchester reaches 400,000 inhabitants.
shows that 11.2% of the population classed as Negro are of mixed race.
Sunday, December 16, 1838
Duke University is established in North Carolina.
40,000 chests of opium are sold in China
December ndash Pastry War: Mexico is invaded by French forces.
Wednesday, December 16, 1835
December 17 ndash The Great Fire of New York destroys 530 buildings, including the New York Stock Exchange.
Monday, December 16, 1811
Saturday, December 16, 1780
Emperor Kōkaku accedes to the throne of Japan.
Thursday, December 16, 1773
Russo-Turkish War, 1768-1774: Russian forces fail to take Silistria.
Boston Tea Party: A group of Americans, dressed as Mohawk Indians, steal aboard ships of the British East India Company and dump their cargo of tea into Boston Harbor.
, written work begins on the "Siku Quanshu
", the largest literary compilation of books in China
's history (surpassing the Yongle Encyclopedia
of the 15th Century). Upon completion in 1782
, the books are bound in 36,381 volumes (册) with more than 79,000 chapters (卷), comprising about 2.3 million pages, and approximately 800 million Chinese character
The Regulating Act creates the office of governor general, with an advising council, to exercise political authority over the territory controlled by The British East India Company.
Istanbul Technical University
is established (under the original name of Royal School of Naval Engineering) as the world's first comprehensive institution of higher learning dedicated to engineering education.
Wednesday, December 16, 1761
In Dutch Guyana
, a state formed by escaped slaves signs a treaty with the local governor.
The tune to "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" is published in France.
Saturday, December 16, 1747
War of the Austrian Succession: Spanish troops invade and occupy the coastal towns of Beaufort and Brunswick in the Royal Colony of North Carolina during what becomes known as the Spanish Alarm. They are later driven out by the local militia.
Friday, December 16, 1740
Annual British iron production reaches 17,000 tons.
Friday, December 16, 1707
Friday, December 16, 1689
The English East India Company expands its influence with the establishment of administrative districts called presidencies in the Indian provinces of Bengal, Madras and Bombay, the effective beginning of the company's long rule in India.
Tuesday, December 16, 1659
Tuesday, December 16, 1653
Instrument of Government in England: The world's first written constitution, under which Oliver Cromwell becomes Lord Protector of England, Scotland, and Ireland,ref name=Pocket On This Day being advised by a remodelled English Council of State. This is the start of The First Protectorate, bringing an end to the first period of republican government in the country, the Commonwealth of England.
The Taj Mahal mausoleum is completed at Agra.
Wednesday, December 16, 1598
Battle of Noryang Point: The China and Korean Allied Forces are victorious over Japan.
Tuesday, December 6, 1575 (Julianian calendar)
Portugal founds the city of Luanda, Angola.
Russians occupy Pernau in Western Estonia and the fortress of Weissenstein.
Gaspar da Cruz, a Portuguese Dominican
friar, writes about his travels to the Ming Dynasty
, including the Chinese civil service
handbook "The Bureaucratic System of the Ming Dynasty
", and how the Chinese draw lots to determine which days of the year are most auspicious or most ill-fated to travel upon.
Friday, December 7, 1431 (Julianian calendar)
Sunday, December 8, 1392 (Julianian calendar)
Queen Maria of Sicily defeats an army of rebel barons.
Muhammed VII succeeds Yusuf II as Nasrid Sultan of Granada (now southern Spain).
Seoan mac Pilib succeeds Tomas mor mac Mathghamhna as King of East Breifne in present day north-central Ireland.
The city of Afyonkarahisar (now in western Turkey) is conquered by Sultan Beyazid I of the Ottoman Empire.
Goryeo Revolution 1388–1392: In present-day Korea, rebel leader General Yi Seonggye with the support of the Ming overthrows King Gongyang and crowns himself King Taejo, ending the Goryeo Dynasty and establishing the Joseon Dynasty. King Gongyang is exiled and later secretly murdered.
King Charles VI of France, later known as Charles the Mad, begins experiencing bouts of psychosis which will continue throughout his life.
King Jogaila of Poland and Lithuania appoints his cousin Vytautas the Great as regent of Lithuania in return for Vytautas giving up his claim to the Lithuanian throne. Vytautas replaces Jogaila's unpopular brother Skirgaila as regent.
Tuesday, December 8, 1332 (Julianian calendar)
Battle of Annan: The loyalists of David II defeat Edward Balliol in Scotland.
The city of Marosvásárhely
(Transylvania) is first documented in the papal registry under the name Novum Forum Siculorum.
Tuesday, December 11, 955 (Julianian calendar)
Wednesday, December 12, 882 (Julianian calendar)
Friday, December 12, 755 (Julianian calendar)
Wednesday, December 14, 533 (Julianian calendar)
The "Digesta" or "Pandectae", a collection of jurist writings and other sources, is completed (see Corpus Juris Civilis).