Daily Calendar for Saturday, December 16, 2023


  • Jane Austen (author) –
  • Philip K. Dick (author) –
  • Steven Bochco (producer) –
  • William "Refrigerator" Perry (football player) –
  • Benjamin Bratt (actor) –
  • Hallee Hirsh (actress) –
  • Anna Popplewell (actress) –


  • Lillian Disney (wife of Walt Disney; came up with the name Mickey Mouse) –
  • John Spencer (actor) –
  • Michiaki Takahashi (virologist best know for inventing first chickenpox vaccine ) –


  • On December 16, 1620, the British ship Mayflower arrived at modern-day Plymouth, Massachusetts. Soon after, the Pilgrims began building their settlement, Plymouth Colony. –
  • 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–
  • Earthquake in Mississippi River Valley near Madrid, Missouri–
  • Magnitude-8.1 earthquake in northeast Arkansas–
  • Hiram W. Hayden patented a machine to make brass kettles–
  • Second (and current) Cape Hatteras, N.C., lighthouse likely first lit–
  • Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit was first published–
  • 7.1 earthquake, Fairview Peak, Nevada–
  • Students’ satellite STARSHINE-2 deployed–
  • 9,000th episode of All My Children aired–


  • The temperature in Hanover, New Hampshire, was -17 degrees F in a bitter cold snap that hit New England–
  • Ice jam closed Ohio River from Warsaw, Kentucky, to Rising Sun, Indiana–

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