Today in history
Today is Thursday, December 16, the 350th day of 2021. There are 15 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in history:
On December 16, 1773, the Boston Tea Party was held as American settlers boarded a British ship and threw over 300 chests of tea in Boston Harbor to protest the tea taxes.
To this date :
In 1653, Oliver Cromwell became Lord Protector of England, Scotland and Ireland.
In 1811, the first of powerful New Madrid earthquakes (MAD’-rihd) struck the central Mississippi Valley with an estimated magnitude of 7.7.
In 1944, the Battle of the Bulge of WWII began when German forces launched a surprise attack on Allied forces through the Ardennes Forest in Belgium and Luxembourg (the Allies eventually succeeded in pushing back the Germans) .
In 1950, President Harry S. Truman declared a national state of emergency in order to fight “the conquest of the world by communist imperialism”.
In 1960, 134 people were killed when a United Air Lines DC-8 and a TWA Super Constellation collided over New York City.
In 1982, Anne M. Gorsuch, director of the Environmental Protection Agency, became the first Cabinet officer to be cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to submit documents requested by a congressional committee.
In 1991, the United Nations General Assembly repealed its 1975 resolution equating Zionism with racism by a vote of 111-25.
In 2000, President-elect George W. Bush chose Colin Powell to become the first African-American Secretary of State.
In 2001, after nine weeks of fighting, Afghan militia leaders claimed control of the last mountain stronghold of Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda fighters, but bin Laden himself was nowhere to be found.
In 2012, President Barack Obama visited Newtown, Connecticut, the scene of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre; after meeting privately with the families of the victims, the president said during a night vigil that he would use “any power” he had to prevent further shootings.
In 2014, armed Taliban stormed a military school in Peshawar, northwest Pakistan, killing at least 148 people, most of them children.
In 2019, House Democrats filed their impeachment case against President Donald Trump; a general report from the House Judiciary Committee said Trump had “betrayed the nation by abusing his high office to enlist a foreign power in corrupt democratic elections.” Boeing said it would temporarily stop producing its 737 Max on the ground as it struggled to gain approval from regulators to put the plane back in flight; he had been grounded since March after two fatal accidents.
Ten Years Ago: In San Francisco, eight years of investigation into steroid allegations ended for home run king Barry Bonds with a 30 day sentence to serve at home. (Bonds never served time; his obstruction of justice conviction was overturned.)
Five years ago: President Barack Obama warned Russia’s Vladimir Putin that the US could use an offensive cyber muscle to retaliate if it interferes with the US presidential election, his strongest suggestion yet that Putin was well aware of the campaign email hack. John Glenn’s home state and nation began saying goodbye to the beloved astronaut and former United States Senator by beginning with a public display of his flag-draped casket inside the rotunda of the ‘Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
A year ago: The first vaccinations against COVID-19 were underway in American retirement homes, where the virus had killed 110,000 people. Tyson Foods said it fired seven senior executives at its largest pork plant after an investigation confirmed claims they bet on the number of workers at the Iowa plant who would test positive for the coronavirus . (An outbreak centered around the plant has infected more than 1,000 employees, at least six of whom have died.) Major League Baseball has reclassified black leagues to major league and said it will count statistics and records of its 3,400 players under the major league. the story.
Today’s Birthdays: Civil rights lawyer and co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center Morris Dees is 85 years old. Actor Joyce Bulifant is 84 years old. Actor Liv Ullmann is 83 years old. CBS correspondent Lesley Stahl is 80 years old. Pop musician Tony Hicks (The Hollies) is 76. Pop singer Benny Andersson (ABBA) is 75 years old. Singer-rock musician Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) is 72 years old. Rock musician Bill Bateman (The Blasters) is 70 years old. Actor Xander Berkeley is 66 years old. Actress Alison LaPlaca is 62 years old. Actor Sam Robards is 60 years old. Actor Jon Tenney is 60 years old. Actor Benjamin Bratt is 58 years old. Country singer-songwriter Jeff Carson is 58 years old. Actor-comedian JB Smoove is 56 years old. Actor Miranda Otto is 54 years old. Actor Daniel Cosgrove is 51 years old. R&B singer Michael McCary is 50. Actor Jonathan Scarfe is 46. Actor Krysten Ritter is 40 years old. Actor Zoe Jarman is 39 years old. Country musician Chris Scruggs is 39 years old. Actor Theo James is 37 years old. Actor Amanda Setton is 36 years old. Rock musician Dave Rublin (American Authors) is 35 years old. Actress Hallee Hirsh is 34 years old. Actress Anna Popplewell is 33 years old. Actor Stephan James is 28 years old.