A to Z This Day in World History | December 16th

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Here are some historical events that happened on December 16:

1773: The Boston Tea Party took place, where American colonists, disguised as Mohawk Indians, dumped 342 chests of tea into Boston Harbor to protest against the Tea Act.

1777: The United States celebrated its first national Thanksgiving Day.

1838: The Battle of Blood River took place in South Africa between the Zulu nation and Voortrekkers (Dutch pioneers), resulting in a decisive Voortrekker victory.

1907: The Great White Fleet, a group of United States Navy battleships, departed from Hampton Roads, Virginia, on a 14-month circumnavigation of the globe.

1944: The Battle of the Bulge began during World War II as German forces launched a surprise counter-offensive against Allied forces in Belgium.

1971: The United Nations General Assembly voted to establish the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

1985: Mafia boss Paul Castellano was assassinated outside Sparks Steak House in New York City, marking a significant event in the Mafia’s history.

1989: The Romanian Revolution began as protests erupted against the regime of Nicolae CeauČ™escu. The revolution ultimately led to CeauČ™escu’s overthrow and execution.

1991: Kazakhstan declared its independence from the Soviet Union.

1997: The Kyoto Protocol, an international treaty aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, was adopted.

These are just a few examples of historical events that occurred on December 16. 

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