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Calendar for December 16th, 2012

1770s

  • 1773: A group of American patriots dressed as Indians dumped British tea overboard in Boston Harbor, protesting taxes by the British government; the event is referred to as the Boston Tea Party

  • Born 1775: Jane Austen (author)

  • 1810s

  • 1811: Magnitude-8.1 earthquake in northeast Arkansas

  • 1811: Earthquake in Mississippi River Valley near Madrid, Missouri

  • 1850s

  • 1851: Hiram W. Hayden patented a machine to make brass kettles

  • 1870s

  • 1870: Current Cape Hatteras, N.C., lighthouse began operation

  • 1920s

  • Born 1928: Philip K. Dick (author)

  • 1940s

  • Born 1943: Steven Bochco (producer)

  • 1950s

  • 1954: 7.1 earthquake, Fairview Peak, Nevada

  • 1960s

  • Born 1962: William "Refrigerator" Perry (football player)

  • Born 1963: Benjamin Bratt (actor)

  • 1970s

  • 1977: The film Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta, premiered. This film is credited with accelerating the disco craze

  • 1980s

  • Born 1987: Hallee Hirsh (actress)

  • Born 1988: Anna Popplewell (actress)

  • 1990s

  • Died 1997: Lillian Disney (wife of Walt Disney; came up with the name Mickey Mouse)

  • 2000s

  • 2001: Students’ satellite STARSHINE-2 deployed

  • Died 2005: John Spencer (actor)


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