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Notable Historical Events for December 16th

1930Golfer Bobby Jones wins James E Sullivan Award

1980President-elect Reagan announces Alexander Haig as secretary of state

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

1994Davy Jones (Monkees), charged with DWI

1967Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila 76ers scores 68 points vs Chicago

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

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

1918Jack Dempsey KOs Carl Morris in 14 seconds

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

1942Hitler orders combat against partisans in Russia & Balkan

December 16th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on December 16th

1901Margaret Mead, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, American anthropologist (Coming of Age in Samoa)

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

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

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

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

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

December 16th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on December 16th

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

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

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

1809Napoleon Bonaparte divorces Empress Joséphine by French Senate

December 16th Divorces
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Notable Deaths on December 16th

1859Wilhelm Grimm, writer, dies at 73

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

December 16th Deaths
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