About December 16

December 16, 2022 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.

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Sagittarius is the sun 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.

What Happened On December 16

  • 1431
    Henry VI of England is crowned King of France at Notre Dame in Paris.
  • 1598
    Seven Year War: Battle of Noryang Point – The final battle of the Seven Year War is fought between the China and the Korean Allied Forces and Japanese navies, resulting in a decisive Allied Forces victory.
  • 1707
    Last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan.
  • 1826
    Benjamin W. Edwards rides into Mexican controlled Nacogdoches, Texas and declares himself ruler of the Republic of Fredonia.
  • 1838
    Battle of Blood River: Voortrekkers led by Andries Pretorius and Sarel Cilliers defeat Zulu impis, led by Dambuza (Nzobo) and Ndlela kaSompisi in what is today KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
  • 1850
    History of New Zealand: The Charlotte-Jane and the Randolph bring the first of the Canterbury Pilgrims to Lyttelton, New Zealand.
  • 1914
    World War I: German battleships under Franz von Hipper bombard the English ports of Hartlepool and Scarborough.
  • 1918
    Vincas Mickevičius-Kapsukas declares the formation of the Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic.
  • 1930
    Bank robber Herman Lamm and members of his crew are killed by a posse of 200, following a botched bank robbery in Clinton, Indiana.
  • 1937
    Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempt to escape from the American federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay; neither is ever seen again.
  • 1946
    Thailand joins the United Nations.
  • 1957
    Sir Feroz Khan Noon replaces Ibrahim Ismail Chundrigar as Prime Minister of Pakistan.
  • 1960
    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.
  • 1972
    Vietnam War: Henry Kissinger announces that North Vietnam has left private peace negotiations, in Paris.
  • 1978
    Cleveland, Ohio becomes the first post-Depression era city to default on its loans, owing $14,000,000 to local banks.
  • 1989
    Protests break out in Timişoara in response to an attempt by the government to evict dissident Hungarian pastor László Tőkés.
  • 1989
    Walter LeRoy Moody begins his terrorist bombing streak when he sends Judge Robert Smith Vance a bomb in the mail, instantly killing him near his house in Birmingham, Alabama.
  • 1991
    Independence of The Republic of Kazakhstan.
  • 1997
    An episode of Pokémon, “Dennō Senshi Porygon”, aired in Japan induces seizures in 685 Japanese children.
  • 1998
    Iraq disarmament crisis: Operation Desert Fox – The United States and United Kingdom bomb targets in Iraq.

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