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This Day In History — The Boston Tea Party takes place

December 16

1653
Oliver Cromwell became lord protector of England, Scotland, and Ireland.

1773
The Boston Tea Party took place.

1916
Grigori Rasputin assassinated by a group of noble Russian conspirators.

1920
One of the deadliest earthquakes in history hit the Gansu province in China. The 8.6 quake killed 200,000 people.

1944
The Battle of the Bulge during World War II began in Belgium.

1990
Jean-Bertrand Aristide was elected president of Haiti in the country’s first democratic elections.

2000
Colin Powell was selected to become the first African-American secretary of state.

Birthdays

Ludwig van Beethoven

1770–1827, German Composer.

Jane Austen

novelist (1775)

George Santayana

philosopher and poet (1863)

Zoltán Kodály

composer (1882)

Noel Coward

playwright, composer (1899)

Margaret Mead

anthropologist (1901)

Arthur C. Clarke

science fiction writer (1917)

Philip K. Dick

writer (1928)

Benjamin Bratt

actor (1963)

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