December 16th in History1653: Oliver Cromwell becomes 'Lord protector of England'
1773: Boston Tea Party' , when the 'Sons of Liberty' dumped 18,000 worth of tea in the Boston harbor
1809: Marriage between Napoleon Bonaparte and Josephine disolved after thirteen years
1952: Lord Mountbatten appointed as chief of Allied forces in the Mediterranean
December 16th birthdays1485: Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's first wife
1775: Jane Austen, English novelist
1857: Edward Emerson Barnard, US astronomer
1882: Zoltan Kodaly, Hungarian composer