On December 16, 1773, the Boston Tea Party took place.
In 1944, The Battle of the Bulge during World War II began in Belgium.
In 1864, in the afternoon, Union troops led by General George H. Thomas devastated Confederate forces at Nashville, Tennessee. The battle had begun the day before when Thomas initiated an attack after waiting some two weeks for troop reinforcements and favorable weather.
In 1998, President Bill Clinton ordered a sustained series of airstrikes against Iraq by American and British forces in response to Saddam Hussein’s continued defiance of UN weapons inspectors.
In 1950, President Truman proclaimed a national state of emergency in order to fight “Communist imperialism.”
In 2004, Britain’s highest court ruled that it could not detain foreign suspects indefinitely without trial.
In 1916, Grigori Rasputin assassinated by a group of noble Russian conspirators.
In 1985, reputed organized-crime chief Paul Castellano was shot to death outside a New York City restaurant.
In 1920, one of the deadliest earthquakes in history hit the Gansu province in China. The 8.6 quake killed 200,000 people.
In 1960, a United Air Lines DC-8 and a TWA Super Constellation collided over New York City, killing 134 people.
In 1991, the U.N. General Assembly rescinded its 1975 resolution equating Zionism with racism by a 111-25 vote.
In 2000, Colin Powell was selected to become the first African-American secretary of state.
In 1770, composer Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany.
In 1899, playwright Noel Coward was born in London.
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