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December 16th Today's Highlights in History

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« on: December 16, 2009, 06:50:08 am »

Wednesday, December 16th
The 350th day of 2009.
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Today's Highlights in History

   On Dec. 16, 1950, President Truman proclaimed a national state of emergency in order to fight "Communist imperialism." (Go to article.)

On Dec. 16, 1901, Margaret Mead, the American anthropologist who authored 44 books and over 1000 articles , was born. Following her death on Nov. 15, 1978, her obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
Editorial Cartoon of the Day
   On December 16, 1871, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about the Academy of Music in New York City. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1653    Oliver Cromwell became lord protector of England, Scotland and Ireland.

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.

1899    Playwright Noel Coward was born in London.

1916    Gregory Rasputin, the monk who had wielded powerful influence over the Russian court, was murdered by a group of noblemen.

1917    Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke was born in Minehead, England.

1944    The Battle of the Bulge during World War II began as German forces launched a surprise counterattack against Allied forces in Belgium.

1960    A United Air Lines DC-8 and a TWA Super Constellation collided over New York City, killing 134 people.

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1991    The U.N. General Assembly rescinded its 1975 resolution equating Zionism with racism.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 UN 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.

Current Birthdays

Benjamin Bratt turns 45 years old today.

AP Photo/Chris Pizzello Actor Benjamin Bratt turns 45 years old today.

72    Morris Dees
Civil rights attorney

71    Joyce Bulifant

70    Liv Ullmann

67    Lesley Stahl
Broadcast journalist ("60 Minutes")

66    Don Carcieri
Governor of Rhode Island

65    Steven Bochco
TV producer ("NYPD Blue," "Hill Street Blues")

64    Jim Gibbons
Governor of Nevada

63    Tony Hicks
Rock musician (The Hollies)

62    Benny Andersson
Singer (ABBA)

61    Ben Cross

57    Bill Bateman
Rock musician (The Blasters)

49    Alison LaPlaca

47    Sam Robards

47    Jon Tenney
Actor ("The Closer")

45    Jeff Carson
Country singer, songwriter

37    Michael McCary
R&B singer (Boyz II Men)

26    Chris Scruggs
Country musician

21    Hallee Hirsh
Actress ("JAG")

20    Anna Popplewell
Actress ("The Chronicles of Narnia" films)

Historic Birthdays

Margaret Mead

12/16/1901 - 11/15/1978
American anthropologist
(Go to obit.)

50    Catherine of Aragon
12/16/1485 - 1/7/1536
English queen

41    Jane Austen
12/16/1775 - 7/18/1817
English novelist

58    Francois Boieldieu
12/16/1775 - 10/8/1834
French composer

61    Josephine Shaw Lowell
12/16/1843 - 10/12/1905
American social reformer

51    Hans Buchner
12/16/1850 - 4/5/1902
German bacteriologist

88    George Santayana
12/16/1863 - 9/26/1952
Spanish-American philosopher and poet

81    Sir John Berry Hobbs
12/16/1882 - 12/21/1963
English athlete

73    Sir Noel Coward
12/16/1899 - 3/26/1973
English actor and playwright

96    V.S. Pritchett
12/16/1900 - 3/20/1997
English author

61    James McCracken
12/16/1926 - 4/29/1988
American operatic tenor

56    Ludwig van Beethoven
12/16/1770 - 3/26/1827
German composer and pianist

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