Today in History: December 16

Today in History: December 16

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1431

Henry VI of England is crowned King of France.

1653

Oliver Cromwell takes on dictatorial powers with the title of "Lord Protector."

1773

To protest the tax on tea from England, a group of young Americans, disguised as Indians, throw chests of tea from British ships in Boston Harbor.

1835

A fire in New York City destroys property estimated to be worth $20,000,000. It lasts two days, ravages 17 blocks, and destroys 674 buildings including the Stock Exchange, Merchants' Exchange, Post Office, and the South Dutch Church.

1863

Confederate General Joseph Johnston takes command of the Army of Tennessee.

1864

Union forces under General George H. Thomas win the battle at Nashville, smashing an entire Confederate army.

1930

In Spain, a general strike is called in support of the revolution.

1939

The National Women's Party urges immediate congressional action on equal rights.

1940

British troops carry out an air raid on Italian Somalia.

1944

Germany mounts a major offensive in the Ardennes Forest in Belgium. As the center of the Allied line falls back, it creates a bulge, leading to the name--the Battle of the Bulge.

1949

Chinese Communist leader Mao Tse-tung is received at the Kremlin in Moscow.

1950

President Harry Truman declares a state of National Emergency as Chinese communists invade deeper into South Korea.

1976

President Jimmy Carter appoints Andrew Young as Ambassador to the United Nations.

1978

Cleveland becomes the first U.S. city to default since the depression.

1998

The United States launches a missile attack on Iraq for failing to comply with United Nations weapons inspectors.

2003

President George W. Bush signs the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, which establishes the United States' first national standards regarding email and gives the Federal Trade Commission authority to enforce the act.