What happened this day in history December 16

What are the important events that happened on December 16? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

December 16: Facts & Myths About This Day

December 16 is the 350th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 15 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is December 3, 2022 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,671,148,800 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘trihectapentacontagon’ day.

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Sagittarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 37 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 3,647 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 16 Historical Events

  • 1497
    Vasco da Gama rounds the Cape of Good Hope, the point where Bartolomeu Dias had previously turned back to Portugal.
  • 1575
    The 1575 Valdivia earthquake takes place.
  • 1707
    Last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan.
  • 1761
    Seven Years’ War: After a 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.
  • 1850
    History of New Zealand: The Charlotte-Jane and the Randolph bring the first of the Canterbury Pilgrims to Lyttelton, New Zealand.
  • 1922
    President of Poland Gabriel Narutowicz is assassinated by Eligiusz Niewiadomski at the Zachęta Gallery in Warsaw.
  • 1947
    William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain build the first practical point-contact transistor.
  • 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.

Who were born on December 16?

  • 1716
    Louis-Jules Mancini-Mazarini, Duc de Nivernais, French diplomat and writer (d. 1798)
  • 1787
    Mary Russell Mitford, English writer (d. 1855)
  • 1869
    Hristo Tatarchev, Bulgarian revolutionary (d. 1952)
  • 1955
    Carol Browner, American environmentalist and government official
  • 1955
    Xander Berkeley, American actor
  • 1961
    Gretchen Palmer, American actress
  • 1981
    Gareth Williams, Scottish footballer
  • 1983
    Frankie Ballard, American singer
  • 1985
    Keita Tachibana, Japanese singer (w-inds.)
  • 1987
    Hallee Hirsh, American actress

Who died on December 16?

  • 1898
    Pavel Tretyakov, Russian businessman and art collector (b. 1832)
  • 1944
    Betsie ten Boom, sister of Corrie ten Boom and Holocaust victim (b. 1885)
  • 1968
    General Muhammad Suheimat, Jordanian military commander and statesman (b.1916)
  • 1980
    Hellmuth Walter, German engineer and inventor (b. 1900)
  • 1982
    Colin Chapman, English engineer and automobile manufacturer (b. 1928)
  • 1989
    Lee Van Cleef, American actor (b. 1925)
  • 1991
    Tamási Eszter, Hungarian TV announcer and actress (b. 1938)
  • 2003
    Gary Stewart, American musician and songwriter (b. 1945)
  • 2007
    Dan Fogelberg, American singer/songwriter (b. 1951)
  • 2009
    Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, South African physician and politician (b. 1940)

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