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December 16 Historical Events

The following events took place on December 16. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 50 events. Showing 1 - 20.

  • 714
    Pepin of Herstal, mayor of the Merovingian palace, dies at Jupille (modern Belgium). He is succeeded by his infant grandson Theudoald while his wife Plectrude holds actual power in the Frankish Kingdom.
  • 755
    An Lushan revolts against Chancellor Yang Guozhong at Yanjing, initiating the An Lushan Rebellion during the Tang dynasty of China.
  • 1431
    Hundred Years’ War: Henry VI of England is crowned King of France at Notre Dame in Paris.
  • 1497
    Vasco da Gama rounds the Cape of Good Hope, the point where Bartolomeu Dias had previously turned back to Portugal.
  • 1575
    An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 8.5 strikes Valdivia, Chile.
  • 1598
    Seven-Year War: Battle of Noryang – 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.
  • 1653
    English Interregnum: The Protectorate – Oliver Cromwell becomes Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland.
  • 1689
    Convention Parliament: The Declaration of Right is embodied in the Bill of Rights.
  • 1707
    Last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan.
  • 1761
    Seven Years’ War: After a four-month siege, the Russians under Pyotr Rumyantsev take the Prussian fortress of Kołobrzeg.
  • 1773
    American Revolution: Boston Tea Party – Members of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawk Indians dump hundreds of crates of tea into Boston harbor as a protest against the Tea Act.
  • 1811
    The first two in a series of four severe earthquakes occur in the vicinity of New Madrid, Missouri.
  • 1826
    Benjamin W. Edwards rides into Mexican-controlled Nacogdoches, Texas, and declares himself ruler of the Republic of Fredonia.
  • 1838
    Great Trek: 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
    The Charlotte Jane and the Randolph bring the first of the Canterbury Pilgrims to Lyttelton, New Zealand.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: Joseph E. Johnston replaces Braxton Bragg as commander of the Confederate Army of Tennessee.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Nashville – Major General George Thomas’s Union forces defeat Lieutenant General John Bell Hood’s Confederate Army of Tennessee.
  • 1903
    Taj Mahal Palace & Tower hotel in Bombay first opens its doors to the guests.
  • 1907
    The American Great White Fleet begins its circumnavigation of the world.
  • 1912
    First Balkan War: The Royal Hellenic Navy defeats the Ottoman Navy at the Battle of Elli.

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