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Notable Historical Events for December 16th

1918Jack Dempsey KOs Carl Morris in 14 seconds

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

1939Bradman scores 251* SA v NSW, 271 minutes, 38 fours 2 sixes

1994Davy Jones (Monkees), charged with DWI

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

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

1997President Clinton names his Labrador retriever "Buddy"

1966Jimi Hendrix Experience releases its 1st single, "Hey Joe," in the UK

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

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

December 16th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on December 16th

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

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)

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

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

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

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

1809Napoleon Bonaparte divorces Empress Joséphine by French Senate

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

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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