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
Vasco da Gama rounds the Cape of Good Hope, the point where Bartolomeu Dias had previously turned back to Portugal.
The 1575 Valdivia earthquake takes place.
Last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan.
Seven Years’ War: After a four-month siege, the Russians under Pyotr Rumyantsev take the Prussian fortress of Kolobrzeg.
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.
History of New Zealand: The Charlotte-Jane and the Randolph bring the first of the Canterbury Pilgrims to Lyttelton, New Zealand.
President of Poland Gabriel Narutowicz is assassinated by Eligiusz Niewiadomski at the Zachęta Gallery in Warsaw.
William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain build the first practical point-contact transistor.
Sir Feroz Khan Noon replaces Ibrahim Ismail Chundrigar as Prime Minister of Pakistan.
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?
Louis-Jules Mancini-Mazarini, Duc de Nivernais, French diplomat and writer (d. 1798)
Mary Russell Mitford, English writer (d. 1855)
Hristo Tatarchev, Bulgarian revolutionary (d. 1952)
Carol Browner, American environmentalist and government official
Xander Berkeley, American actor
Gretchen Palmer, American actress
Gareth Williams, Scottish footballer
Frankie Ballard, American singer
Keita Tachibana, Japanese singer (w-inds.)
Hallee Hirsh, American actress
Who died on December 16?
Pavel Tretyakov, Russian businessman and art collector (b. 1832)
Betsie ten Boom, sister of Corrie ten Boom and Holocaust victim (b. 1885)
General Muhammad Suheimat, Jordanian military commander and statesman (b.1916)
Hellmuth Walter, German engineer and inventor (b. 1900)
Colin Chapman, English engineer and automobile manufacturer (b. 1928)
Lee Van Cleef, American actor (b. 1925)
Tamási Eszter, Hungarian TV announcer and actress (b. 1938)
Gary Stewart, American musician and songwriter (b. 1945)
Dan Fogelberg, American singer/songwriter (b. 1951)
Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, South African physician and politician (b. 1940)
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