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Notable Historical Events for December 16th

1978Ronald Reagan denounces President Jimmy Carter's recognition of China PR

1653Parliamentarian General Oliver Cromwell appointed as Lord Protector of England, Scotland and Ireland

1938Bradman scores 143 South Aust v NSW, 11 fours 91 singles

1950Harry Truman proclaims state of emergency against "Communist imperialism"

1918Jack Dempsey KOs Carl Morris in 14 seconds

1994Davy Jones (Monkees), charged with DWI

1930Golfer Bobby Jones wins James E Sullivan Award

1983Yogi Berra named Yankee manager for 2nd time

1940Joe Louis KOs Al McCoy in 6 for heavyweight boxing title in Chicago

1993Shannen Doherty (Brenda) is fired from Beverly Hills 90210

December 16th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on December 16th

1917Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Minehead England, science fiction author (2001, 2010, Childhood's End)

1770Ludwig van Beethoven, Bonn, Germany, composer (5th Symphony, Ode to Joy), (d. 1827)

1938Jimmie Lee Jackson, Marion Alabama, American civil rights protestor

1931Tom Brookshier, Roswell New Mexico, American football player and sportscaster

1775Jane Austen, Winchester, Hampshire, novelist (Pride and Prejudice), (d. 1817)

1485Catherine of Aragon, Madrid, Spanish princess/1st wife of Henry VIII, (d. 1536)

December 16th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on December 16th

1991NBA center David Robinson (26) weds Valerie Hoggatt at a Baptist church ceremony in San Antonio, Texas

2000Tennis player Todd Martin (30) weds Amy Martin in New Jersey

December 16th Weddings
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Notable Divorces on December 16th

2005American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (25) divorces singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (31) due to irreconcilable differences

1999Actress Linda Hamilton (43) divorces director James Cameron (45) due to irreconcilable differences after 2 years of marriage

December 16th Divorces
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Notable Deaths on December 16th

1980Harland Sanders, founder Kentucky Fried Chicken, dies at 90

1859Wilhelm Grimm, writer, dies at 73

December 16th Deaths
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