December 16th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts
December 16th History Highlights
The Boston Tea Party
The Boston Tea Party was an event that took place on December 16, 1773. It is now remembered as the culmination of a series of protests by the Sons of Liberty in response to British tax policies which were oppressive and without colonial representation. The protest involved dumping chests of tea into Boston Harbor, ruining huge amounts worth of East India Company’s expensive imported commodity. This led to Parliament passing punitive measures against Massachusetts Bay Colony, with many considering this act one cause for the American Revolution.
The Boston Tea Party was an act of protest against British policies, which they felt were oppressive and unfair, particularly regarding taxes on tea imports from China. The protests culminated with dumping chests of tea into Boston Harbor, ruining huge amounts worth of East India Company’s expensive product. This ultimately led Parliament to pass punitive measures against the Massachusetts Bay Colony and is considered one cause for the American Revolution.
The Boston Tea Party Museum now stands as a popular tourist destination in the city, commemorating this crucial moment in American history. It serves as a reminder of how colonists can stand up to unfair treatment from their government and fight for their rights. Visitors can learn about the events leading up to the tea party, as well as the aftermath and its significance in American history. This makes for an informative and interesting experience for all who visit.
Arthur C. Clarke’s Three Laws
|First law: When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
Second law: The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
Third law: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
National Green Chili Day
National Green Chili Day is celebrated each year on December 16th. The holiday was founded in 2014 as a day for green chili pepper lovers to gather and enjoy the many delicious dishes that are made with green chilis.
All About Green Chilis
How to Celebrate National Green Chili Day
Green Chili Dishes
There are countless ways to cook with green chilis. Here are a few of the most popular dishes you may want to try when celebrating National Green Chili Day.
December 16th is…
National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
Stupid Toy Day
December 16th Birthday Quotes
“Fear… can make you do more wrong than hate or jealousy. If you’re afraid you don’t commit yourself to life completely; fear makes you always, always hold something back.”
“People are wrong when they say opera is not what it used to be. It is what it used to be. That is what’s wrong with it.”
“The higher the building the lower the morals.”
“Perhaps it is better to be un-sane and happy, than sane and un-happy. But it is the best of all to be sane and happy. Whether our descendants can achieve that goal will be the greatest challenge of the future. Indeed, it may well decide whether we have any future.”
“Law school teaches you one thing above all: how to speak while saying absolutely nothing.”
“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”
December 16th Birthdays
1534 – Hans Bol, Flemish artist (died in 1593)
1770 – Ludwig van Beethoven, composer (died in 1827)
1899 – Noël Coward, English actor, playwright, and composer (died in 1973)
1901 – Margaret Mead, American anthropologist and author (died in 1978)
1917 – Arthur C. Clarke, British science fiction writer (died in 2008)
1928 – Philip K. Dick, American writer (died in 1982)
1941 – Lesley Stahl, American journalist
1946 – Benny Andersson, Swedish singer-songwriter, ABBA
1961 – Shane Black, American actor, director, and screenwriter
1961 – Bill Hicks, American comedian, and musician (died in 1994)
1963 – Benjamin Bratt, American actor
1981 – Krysten Ritter, American actress
1987 – Hallee Hirsh, American actress
1997 – Zara Larsson, Swedish singer, and songwriter
1999 – The Dolan Twins (Ethan and Grayson Dolan), American YouTubers
December 16th History
1707 (Eruption) The last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan.
1777 – Virginia became the first state to ratify the Articles of Confederation.
1811 (Earthquake) An 8.6 magnitude earthquake hit the United States, the largest in our history. The area affected included: Missouri, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas. Amazingly, no people were killed.
1835 – Great Fire of New York City. Over 600 buildings were destroyed.
1884 – The first US patent (#309,219) was issued for an automatic liquid vending machine to William H. Fruen of Minneapolis, MN. People could get a measured amount of a liquid for coin payment.
1893 – Czech composer Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in E Minor From the New World was performed at Carnegie Hall. The music had African roots, and the piece greatly influenced the American musical landscape for the next century.
1920 (Earthquake) Haiyuan County, Ningxia, China
1944 – Attacking the Allies in northern France through northwestern Belgium, Hitler’s army started the Operation Mist (aka Ardennes Offensive or the Battle of the Bulge).
On December 16, 1965, The first music played in Space was on GEMINI SIX, to wake up Astronauts Wally Schirra and Thomas Stafford – it was the first Musical Astronaut WAKE UP CALL, that has become a tradition with NASA since then. Jack Jones sang a parody of the hit Broadway tune Hello Dolly – which was a big hit at the time.
1968 -Second Vatican Council: Officially revoked of the 1492 Edict of Expulsion of Jews from Spain.
1983 – Silkwood and Uncommon Valor debuted in theaters.
1988 – Rain Man, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Torch Song Trilogy were released in theaters.
1994 – Dumb and Dumber was released in theaters.
2006 – #1 Hit December 16, 2006 – February 23, 2007: Beyonce – Irreplaceable
2010- CNN’s Larry King Live aired the last original episode.
2011 – Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol were released in theaters.
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
Make out your Chopin Liszt early before Debussy season, when you have time to check out Verdi good bargains are, can still get gifts Faure good price, not have to Handel large crowds and have time to give Bach things you decide you don’t want.
Every day, man is making bigger and better fool-proof things, and every day, nature is making bigger and better fools. So far, I think nature is winning.
Astronauts Wally Schirra and Thomas Stafford made Jingle Bells the first song performed in space. They played it on a harmonica with bells (and implied spotting Santa) while orbiting Earth on Gemini 6 on Dec. 16, 1965.
The Capital of Argentina is Buenos Aires
“Rosebud.” – Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles) in Citizen Kane, 1941
Three sports movies have won the Oscar for best picture: Rocky (1976), Chariots of Fire (1981), and Million Dollar Baby (2004)
They say you shouldn’t make mountains out of molehills, but somewhere out there there are actual moles making molehills out of mountains. Good on them.
The 1960 Italian film La Dolce Vita was the origin of the term ‘paparazzi’, named after a character in the film, Paparazzo.
The ‘talking mirror’ trope from fairy tales probably originated when a careless time-traveler was seen using a Smartphone or a tablet.
1986, London’s bakers apologized for the Great Fire of London, 320 years after it happened.
“It never rains in California… Matadors…” #misunderstoodlyrics
The Scary Statistic: Lightning Strike odds: 1-in-83,930
What to do: Stay indoors, be grounded, or live in your car.
Many people who win the lottery end up bankrupt. Few financially responsible people win the lottery, because buying lottery tickets is not a financially responsible thing to do.
The Capital of Antigua and Barbuda is Saint John’s
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