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Today (or Any Day) in History

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December 16

Today in History

1773: Boston "Tea Party"

1811: Earthquake rocks the American wilderness

1901: Boer general Kritzinger captured

1913: Charlie Chaplin began his film career at Keystone for $150 a week

1920: Earthquake devastates Gansu province of China

1944: Battle of the Bulge begins

1971: Pakistani forces defeated in Bangladesh

1980: Alexander Haig named Reagan's Secretary of State

Notable Births

1770: Ludwig van Beethoven (composer: although totally deaf, lead orchestra in premiere performance of his Ninth Symphony)

1775: Jane Austen (author: Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility)

1861: Frank Hunt (politician)

1863: George Santayana (philosopher/poet: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.")

1899: Sir Noel Coward (actor, director, composer, playwright: Private Lives)

1901: Margaret Mead (anthropologist: studies of ancient people of the South Pacific)

1906: Leonid Brezhnev (Russian leader of the Communist Party)

1915: Turk (Melvin) Murphy (trombonist: 1st to play jazz version of Mack the Knife)

1917: Arthur Clarke (science fiction writer: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Islands in the Sky)

1920: George Schaefer (director)

1937: Jim Glaser (singer: group: Tompall and the Glaser Brothers: backup for Marty Robbins' El Paso; wrote Woman, Woman; solo: The Man in the Mirror)

1939: Liv Ullmann (actress: The Immigrants, Scenes from a Marriage, Persona)

1941: Lesley Stahl (journalist: White House correspondent; reporter: CBS News, Face the Nation, 60 Minutes)

1945: Anthony Hicks (musician: lead guitar: group: The Hollies: Stop, Stop, Stop, The Air that I Breathe)

1946: Bennie Andersson (pianist, singer: groups: Hep Stars [Sweden's Beatles]; Abba: Dancing Queen)

1964: Billy Ripken, Havre de Grace MD, 2nd baseman (Bal Orioles, Tx Rangers)

Notable Deaths

1916: Grigori Rasputin, a powerful Russian monk, murdered

1949: Traitsjo Kostov, Bulgarian communist vice-premier, executed

1985: Paul Castellano, Organized-crime chief, shot dead at a NYC restaurant

1989: Aileen Pringle, actress (Age of Consent, Convicted, Night Parade), dies

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