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December 16: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on December 16

December 16th is known as Day Of Reconciliation and Chocolate Covered Anything Day.

Today marks the 350th day of the year. We now have only 9 days left until Christmas.

Everyone who was born on this day shares the star sign of Sagittarius.

Does December 16 have a special meaning for you? If so, you simply cannot miss out on the most interesting events that ever happened on this unique day in history.

Did you know that on this day in 1773, the Boston Tea Party protest occurred? This was the culmination of public protest against taxes imposed by the British Empire.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about December 16th in history!

What Happened On December 16 In History?


Mariah Carey’s single “All I Want for Christmas Is You” reached Number 1, 25 years after it was released.

Source NBC News

The US State Department increased the reward for information on the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to $25 million.


A 5 day pollution red alert was declared in Beijing and 21 other Chinese cities.

It was classified by officials as a "meteorological disaster."

The name “Euro” was officially adopted for European Currency.

OTD in 1995: The name "Euro" was officially adopted for European Currency.

O.J. Simpson became the first NFL running back to rush for 2,000 yards in a season.


“Jingle Bells” became the first song played in space when it was broadcast during NASA’s Gemini 6 space flight.

The song was written by James Lord Pierpont in 1857, and it was originally titled "One-Horse Open Sleigh."

Lawrence of Arabia film directed by David Lean was released in the United States.


The Anglo-Irish Treaty, agreed to by the British Parliament and Sinn Féin, was ratified.


The Great White Fleet began its worldwide navigation.

In order to demonstrate the US's new presence as world power, President Theodore Roosevelt made a round-the-world cruise in a group of US Navy battleships, making friendly courtesy visits to many international ports.

Virginia became the first state to ratify the Articles of Confederation.


The Boston Tea Party protest occurred.

OTD in 1773: The Boston Tea Party protest occurred.
As a political protest against the Tea Act and opposition of the taxes, American Patriots destroyed an entire shipment of tea sent by the East India Company. Damage amounted to 92,000 pounds of tea - equivalent to $1,700,000 as of 2020.

Vasco da Gama became the first European to sail along Africa’s East Coast.

This Portuguese navigator passed Eastern Cape, South Africa, after nearly 6 months of sailing. Due to it nearly being Christmas, da Gama named it "Natal" which means "birth of Christ" in Portuguese.

Did you know that on this day, December 16th 1773, the Boston Tea Party protest occurred?