16 December

December 16 is the 350th day of the year (351st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 15 days remain until the end of the year.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about December 16th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about December 16th in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • Chocolate Covered Anything Day
  • Day of Reconciliation
  • National Regifting Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – December 16

2010: Last episode of Larry King Live aired

After 25 years of being on TV, the last episode of Larry King Live, one of CNN’s most watched TV program was aired. While the official end date for the talk show was December 16, an episode on cancer was aired two days later on December 18. It was replaced by Piers Morgan Tonight.

1991: Kazakhstan independence

The Central Asian country was the last Soviet republic to declare its independence.

1971: End of Indo-Pakistani War

The third major conflict between the two countries was fought because of India’s support of Bangladesh’s War of Liberation. The war ended only after 13 days and with the creation of the independent state of Bangladesh.

1773: Boston Tea Party

Considered as one of the key events in the American Revolution, the Tea Party occurred when protesters in Boston, a territory controlled by the British, dumped heavily taxed British tea into Boston Harbor.

1707: Last eruption of Mount Fuji

The highest volcano in Japan erupted for the last time in what is known as the Hōei Eruption. The eruption lasted for 17 days.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, December 16

1917: Arthur C. Clarke, English author

1901: Margaret Mead, American anthropologist

1866: Wassily Kandinsky, Russian/French painter

1775: Jane Austen, English author

1485: Catherine of Aragon

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, December 16

1988: Sylvester, American singer-songwriter, pianist, producer

1980: Colonel Sanders, American businessman, founded KFC

1965: W. Somerset Maugham, French/English author, playwright

1515: Afonso de Albuquerque, Portuguese Admiral

705: Wu Zetian, Chinese empress

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