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 This day in History - December 16
356 Historic Events for December 16
1944

US 2nd Inf division occupies "Heartbreak Crossroads" Wahlerscheid

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1945

Fumimaro Konu, Japanese prince/PM (1937-39, 40-41), commits harakiri

Death
1945

Cleveland Rams win NFL championship

Event
1946

Fred Borgman, Dutch 2nd chamber member (CDA)

Birth
1946

Adriaan van Dis, Dutch TV host/writer (Promised Country)

Birth
1946

Benny Andersson, Stockholm Sweden, singer (ABBA-Money! Money! Money!)

Birth
1947

Vincent Matthews, US, 400m dash (Olympic-gold-1972)

Birth
1947

Ben Cross, England, actor (Chariots of Fire, Far Pavillions)

Birth
1948

"Lend an Ear" opens at National Theater NYC for 460 performances

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1949

Traitsjo Kostov, Bulgarian communist vice-premier, executed

Death
1949

Sukarno becomes president Indonesia, Mokammed Hatta premier

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1949

Billy Gibbons, Houston TX, jazz guitarist (Moving Sidewalks, ZZ Top)

Birth
1950

Truman proclaims state of emergency against "Communist imperialism"

Event
1950

Caroline Munro, Windsor, actress (Golden Voyage of Sinbad) [or 1/16]

Birth
1950

Otto Vrieslander, composer, dies at 70

Death
1950

Ieremia Tabai, pres of Kiribati (Gilbert Islands) (1979-91)

Birth
1950

"Let's Make an Opera" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 5 perfs

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1952

Elayne Boosler, comedienne (Night Court)

Birth
1952

Joel Garner, cricketer (two-metre West Indian pace bowler 1977-87)

Birth
1953

Filip Bolluyt, Dutch actor (Daybreak)

Birth
1953

Charles E Yeager fly > 2,575 kph in Bell X-1A

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1953

Joel Garner, Barbados, bowler

Birth
1953

1st White House Press Conference (Pres Eisenhower and 161 reporters)

Event
1954

Joslyn Y Hoyte-Smith, Barbados, 4X400m hurdler (Olympic-bronze-1980)

Birth
1955

Graeme Stevenson, cricketer (England medium pacer 1980-81)

Birth