Daily Calendar for December 16th, 2019

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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: Earthquake in Mississippi River Valley near Madrid, Missouri

  • 1811: Magnitude-8.1 earthquake in northeast Arkansas

1850s

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

1870s

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

1900s

  • 1901: Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit was first published

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

  • 2004: 9,000th episode of All My Children aired

  • Died 2005: John Spencer (actor)

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