is the 350th day of the year (351st in December 16 leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 15 days remaining until the end of the year.
755 - An Lushan revolted against Chancellor Yang Guozhong at Fanyang, beginning of the An Shi Rebellion during the Tang Dynasty of China.
1392 - Historku-cho - Emperor Go-Kameyama abdicates in favor of rival claimant Go-Komatsu.
1431 - Henry VI of England is crowned King of France at Notre Dame in Paris.
1497 - Vasco da Gama rounds the Cape of Good Hope, the point where Bartolomeu Dias had previously turned back to Portugal.
1598 - Seven Year War: Battle of Noryang Point - The final battle of the Seven Year War is fought between the Korean and Japanese navies, resulting in a decisive Korean victory.
1653 - English Interregnum: The Protectorate - Oliver Cromwell becomes Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland.
1689 - Convention Parliament: The Declaration of Right is embodied in the . Bill of Rights
1707 - Last recorded eruption of Fuji Mount in Japan.
1761 - Seven Years' War: After four-month siege, the Russians under Pyotr Rumyantsev take the Prussian fortress of Kolobrzeg.
1773 - American Revolution: Boston Tea Party - Members of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawks dump crates of tea into Boston harbor as a protest against the Tea Act.
1811 - The first two in a series of severe earthquakes occurs, in the vicinity of New Madrid, Missouri.
1838 - Battle 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.
1850 - History of New Zealand: The and the Charlotte-Jane bring the first of the Randolph Canterbury Pilgrims to Lyttelton.
1864 - American Civil War: Franklin-Nashville Campaign - Battle of Nashville - Major General George H. Thomas's Union forces defeat Lieutenant General John Bell Hood's Confederate Army of Tennessee.
1893 - Antonín Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, "From The New World" was given its world premiere at Carnegie Hall.
1910 - During a ground test of his Coandă-1910 plane, Henri Coandă, caught unaware by the power of the engine, finds himself briefly airborne and loses control of the machine which crashes to the ground.
1922 - President of Poland Gabriel Narutowicz is assassinated by Eligiusz Niewiadomski at the Zachęta Gallery in Warsaw.
1925 - A regular broadcasting service was instituted in Ceylon.
1925 - Alpha Phi Omega national service fraternity was founded at Lafayette College.
1937 - Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempt to escape from the American federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay; neither is ever seen again.
1941 - World War II: Japanese occupy Miri, Sarawak
1942 - Holocaust: Porajmos - Heinrich Himmler orders that Roma candidates for extermination should be deported to Auschwitz.
1944 - World War II: Battle of the Bulge - General Dwight D. Eisenhower's allied forces and Field Marshall Gerd von Rundstedt's German army engage in the Belgian Ardennes.
1946 - Léon Blum becomes Prime Minister of France.
1957 - Sir Feroz Khan Noon replaces Ibrahim Ismail Chundrigar as Prime Minister of Pakistan.
1960 - 1960 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.
1971 - Bangladesh War of Independence & Indo-Pakistani War of 1971: The surrender of the Pakistan army simultaneously brings an end to both conflicts. 1971 - Independence Day of the State of
Bahrain from British Protectorate Status
1973 - O.J. Simpson of the Buffalo Bills becomes the first NFL player to rush for 2,000 yards in a season.
1985 - Mafia: 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.
1986 - revolt in Kazakhstan against Communist party, known as Zheltoksan, which became the first signs of ethnic strife during Gorbachev's tenure
1989 - Protest breaks out in Timişoara in response to an attempt by the government to evict dissident Hungarian pastor, László Tőkés.
1991 - United 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. 1991 -
Independence of The Republic of Kazakhstan. 1998 - Iraq disarmament crisis: Operation Desert Fox - The United States and United Kingdom bomb targets in Iraq.
1485 - Catherine of Aragon, Queen of England (d. 1536)
1584 - John Selden, English jurist and oriental scholar (d. 1654)
1614 - Eberhard III (d. 1674)
1714 - George Whitefield, British-born Methodist leader (d. 1770)
1716 - Louis-Jules Mancini-Mazarini, French diplomat and writer (d. 1798)
1717 - Elizabeth Carter, British writer (d. 1806)
1742 - Gebhard Fürst Blücher von Wahlstatt, German Field Marshal (d. 1819)
1770 - Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer (Is his supposed birthday, since he was baptized the following day it is believed his birthday is on the 16th.) (d. 1827)
1775 - Jane Austen, British writer (d. 1817) 1775 -
François-Adrien Boïeldieu, French composer (d. 1834)
1776 - Johann Wilhelm Ritter, German physicist (d. 1810)
1790 - King Léopold I of Belgium (d. 1865)
1804 - Viktor Bunyakovsky, Russian mathematician (d. 1889)
1834 - Léon Walras, French economist (d. 1910)
1861 - Antonio de La Gandara, French painter (d. 1917)
1863 - George Santayana, Spanish philosopher and writer (d. 1952)
1865 - Olavo Bilac, Brazilian poet (d. 1918)
1866 ( N.S.) - Wassily Kandinsky, Russian-born French abstract painter (d. 1944)
1867 - Amy Carmichael - missionary in Dohnavur, India (d. 1951)
1869 - Hristo Tatarchev - Bulgarian revolutionary (d. 1952)
1872 - Anton Ivanovich Denikin, Russian general (d. 1947)
1882 - Sir Jack Hobbs, English test cricketer (d. 1963) 1882 -
Zoltán Kodály, Hungarian composer (d. 1967) 1882 -
Walther Meissner, German physicist (d. 1974)
1883 - Max Linder, French pioneer of silent film (d. 1925)
1888 - King Alexander I of Yugoslavia (d. 1934) 1888 -
Alphonse Juin, marshall of France (d. 1967)
1899 - Sir Noel Coward, British playwright, actor and composer (d. 1973)
1900 - V. S. Pritchett, British author and critic (d. 1997)
1901 - Margaret Mead, American anthropologist (d. 1978)
1902 - Rafael Alberti, Spanish poet (d. 1999)
1905 - Piet Hein, Danish mathematician and inventor (d. 1996)
1906 - Barbara Kent, Canadian actress
1917 - Nabi Bux Khan Baloch, Sindhi Scholar
1917 - Sir Arthur C. Clarke, British writer
1926 - James McCracken, American tenor (d. 1988)
1927 - Randall Garrett, American writer (d. 1987)
1928 - Philip K. Dick, American writer (d. 1982)
1929 - Nicholas Courtney, British actor
1932 - Rodion Shchedrin, Soviet-born Russian composer
1938 - Liv Ullmann, Norwegian actress
1941 - Lesley Stahl, American journalist
1943 - Steven Bochco, American television producer and writer 1943 -
Tony Hicks, British guitarist ( The Hollies)
1945 - Bobby George, English professional darts player 1945 -
Yukio Hattori, Japanese Iron Chef commentator
1946 - Benny Andersson, Swedish musician, singer and songwriter ( ABBA) 1946 -
Trevor Pinnock, British conductor and harpsichordist
1947 - Ben Cross, British actor 1947 -
Vincent Matthews, American sprinter and Olympic gold medalist
1949 - Billy Gibbons, American guitarist ( ZZ Top)
1950 - Claudia Cohen, American gossip columnist and socialite (d. 2007) 1950 -
Roy Schuiten, Dutch cyclist (d. 2006)
1951 - Robben Ford, American guitarist
1952 - Joel Garner, Barbadian West Indies cricketer
1955 - Xander Berkeley, American actor 1955 -
Prince Lorenz of Belgium
1961 - Bill Hicks, American comedian (d. 1994)
1962 - William Perry, American football player
1963 - Benjamin Bratt, American actor 1963 -
Jeff Carson, American singer
1964 - Heike Drechsler, East German-born sprinter 1964 -
Billy Ripken, American baseball player
1965 - Chris Jones, American baseball player 1965 -
Melanie Sloan, American attorney 1965 -
Nancy Valen, American actress
1966 - Dennis Wise, English footballer
1966 - Clifford Robinson, American basketball player
1967 - Donovan Bailey, Jamaican-born Canadian sprinter 1967 -
Miranda Otto, Australian actress
1971 - Paul van Dyk, German Trance music DJ 1971 -
Michael McCary, American singer ( Boyz II Men)
1972 - Charles Gipson, American baseball player 1972 -
Željko Kalac, Australian soccer player 1972 -
Angela Bloomfield, New Zealand actress
1973 - Scott Storch, Canadian-American hip-hop producer 1973 -
Themba Mnguni, South African footballer
1974 - Frida Hallgren, Swedish actress
1975 - Benjamin Kowalewicz, Canadian musician ( Billy Talent) 1975 -
Nawo Kawakita, Japanese drummer ( Maximum the Hormone)
1977 - Éric Bélanger, Canadian ice hockey player 1977 -
Sylvain Distin, French footballer
1978 - Gunter Van Handenhoven, Belgian footballer 1978 -
Kaine, American rapper ( Ying Yang Twins)
1979 - Mihai Trăistariu, Romanian singer 1979 -
Jessie Ward, American professional wrestler
1979- Flo-Rida American African rapper
1981 - Anna Sedokova, Ukrainian singer 1981 -
Took Leng How, Malaysian criminal 1981 -
Gareth Williams, Scottish footballer
1982 - Garnon Davies, Welsh actor
1983 - Kelenna Azubuike, English basketball player 1983 -
Danielle Lloyd, English model
1985 - Keita Tachibana, member of Japanese boy band w-inds.
1987 - Hallee Hirsh, American actress
1988 - Anna Popplewell, English actress 1989 - Chen Yaoye, Chinese professional Go player
705 - Empress Wu of Zhou (b. 625)
714 - Pippin of Herstal, Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia
867 - Eberhard of Friuli
999 - Saint Adelaide of Italy (b. 931)
1325 - Charles of Valois, son of Philip III of France (b. 1270)
1378 - Otto III of Montferrat
1379 - John Fitzalan, Marshal of England
1470 - John II (b. 1425)
1515 - Afonso de Albuquerque Portuguese naval general (b. 1453)
1598 - Yi Sun-sin, Korean admiral (b. 1545)
1669 - Nathaniel Fiennes, English politician
1687 - William Petty, English scientist and philosopher (b. 1623)
1751 - Leopold II of Anhalt-Dessau, Prussian general (b. 1700)
1765 - Peter Frederick Haldimand, Swiss military officer and surveyor
1774 - François Quesnay, French economist (b. 1694)
1783 - Johann A. Hasse, German composer (b. 1699) 1783 - Sir
William James British naval commander (b. 1720)
1809 - Antoine François, French chemist (b. 1755)
1859 - Wilhelm Grimm, German writer and folklorist (b. 1786)
1898 - Pavel Tretyakov, Russian businessman and art collector (b. 1832)
1914 - Ivan Zajc, Croatian composer (b. 1832)
1916 - Grigori Rasputin, Russian monk (b. 1869)
1921 - Camille Saint-Saëns, French composer (b. 1835)
1922 - Gabriel Narutowicz, first President of Poland (b. 1865)
1928 - Elinor Wylie, American poet and writer (b. 1885)
1935 - Thelma Todd, American actress (b. 1905)
1940 - Billy Hamilton, MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder (b. 1866)
1945 - Giovanni Agnelli, Italian automobile manufacturer (b. 1866) 1945 -
Fumimaro Konoye, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1891)
1949 - Sidney Olcott, Canadian film director (b. 1873)
1956 - Nina Hamnett, British artist (b. 1890)
1965 - W. Somerset Maugham, British writer (b. 1874)
1976 - Réal Caouette, French Canadian politician ( Social Credit Party of Canada) (b. 1917)
1977 - Risto Jarva, Finnish filmmaker (b. 1934)
1980 - Colonel Harland Sanders, American fast food entrepreneur (b. 1890) 1980 -
Hellmuth Walter, German engineer and inventor (b. 1900)
1982 - Colin Chapman, British engineer and automobile manufacturer, founder of Lotus Cars (b. 1928)
1984 - Debs Garms, baseball player (b. 1907)
1985 - Paul Castellano, American mafioso (b. 1915) 1985 -
Thomas Bilotti, American mafioso (b. 1940)
1988 - Sylvester James, American R&B singer, disco performer (b. 1948)
1989 - Lee Van Cleef, American actor (b. 1925) 1989 -
Aileen Pringle, American actress (b. 1895) 1989 -
Silvana Mangano, Italian actress (b. 1930) 1989 -
Oscar Alfredo Gálvez, Argentine racing driver (b. 1913)
1990 - Douglas Campbell, American pilot (b. 1896)
1993 - Moses Gunn, American actor (b. 1929) 1993 -
Tanaka Kakuei, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1918)
1995 - Mariele Ventre, Italian choir director (b. 1939) 1995 -
Johnny Moss, American poker player (b. 1907)
1996 - Quentin Bell, British art historian (b. 1910)
1997 - Nicolette Larson, American singer (b. 1952)
1998 - William Gaddis, American writer (b. 1922)
2001 - Stuart Adamson, British musician (b. 1958) 2001 -
Stefan Heym, German author (b. 1913)
2003 - Robert Stanfield, Premier of Nova Scotia (b. 1914) 2003 -
Gary Stewart, American musician, singer and songwriter (b. 1945)
2004 - Ted Abernathy, American baseball player (b. 1933)
2005 - Kenneth Bulmer, British author (b. 1921) 2005 -
John Spencer, American actor (b. 1946)
2006 - Pnina Salzman, Israeli pianist (b. 1922) 2006 -
Taliep Petersen, South African singer and composer (b. 1950) 2006 - Don Jardine, professional wrestler (b. 1940)
100 Familypedia people were born on December 16
126 Familypedia people died on December 16
98 Familypedia people were first married on December 16