On December 16:
Henry VI of Englandwas crowned King of France at Notre Dame in Paris.
Catherine of Aragon, Queen of England, was born.
Vasco da Gama rounded the Cape of Good Hope, the point where Bartolomeu Dias had previously turned back to Portugal.
Oliver Cromwell became Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland.
1707 Last recorded eruption of
Mount Fuji in Japan.
Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer was born.
Portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler , 1820
Boston Tea Party – Members of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawks dump crates of tea into Boston harbor as a protest against the Tea Act.
This iconic 1846 lithograph by Nathaniel Currier was entitled “The Destruction of Tea at Boston Harbor
Jane Austen, English writer, was born.
A watercolour and pencil sketch of Jane Austen, believed to be drawn from life by her sister Cassandra (c. 1810) [A]
Mary Russell Mitford, English writer, was born.
1790 King Léopold I of Belgium, was born.
and the Charlotte-Jane brought the firs tsettlres to Randolph Lyttelton, New Zealand.
Jack Hobbs, English cricketer, was born.
Jack Hobbs (left) walks out to the SCG with his opening partner Herbert Sutcliffe.
Max Linder, French pioneer of silent film, was born.
Alexander I of Yugoslavia, was born.
Antonín Dvořák‘s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, “From The New World” was given its world première at Carnegie Hall.
Noel Coward, English playwright, actor and composer, was born.
Noël Coward, c. 1920s
Piet Hein, Danish mathematician and inventor
Piet Hein (Kumbel) in front of the H.C. Andersen statue in Copenhagen
1905 A great rugby rivalry was born when a
last-minute try to All Black Bob Deans was disallowed, handing the Welsh victory.
Great White Fleet (US Naval Battle fleet) began its circumnavigation of the world.
Map of the Great White Fleet’s voyage.
Turk Murphy, American trombonist, was born.
Arthur C. Clarke, English writer, was born.
Haiyuan earthquake, magnitude 8.5, in Gansu province in China, killed an estimated 200,000.
Adolf Hitler institutd the Cross of Honor of the German Mother.
Tony Hicks, English guitarist ( The Hollies), was born.
Battle of the Bulge began with the surprise offensive of three German armies through the Ardennes forest.
Benny Andersson, Swedish musician, singer and songwriter ( ABBA), was born.
Ben Cross, English actor, was born.
William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain built the first practical point-contact transistor.
Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget, later knons as SAAB, was founded in Sweden.
Joel Garner, Barbadian West Indies cricketer, was born.
Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este, was born.
1960 New York air disaster: While approaching New York’s Idlewild Airport, a United Airlines Douglas DC-8 collided with a TWA Lockheed Super Constellation in a blinding snowstorm over Staten Island, killing 134. 1971
Bangladesh War of Independence and Indo-Pakistani War of 1971: The surrender of the Pakistan army brings an end to both conflicts.
1971 – Independence Day of the State of
Bahrain from British Protectorate Status.
Angela Bloomfield, New Zealand actress, was born.
1991 Independence of The Republic of
Dennō Senshi Porygonan episode of Pokémon, was aired in Japan, inducing seizures in hundreds of Japanese children.
President George W. Bush signed the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 into law. The law established the United States’ first national standards for the sending of commercial e-mail.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.