What Happened On This Day – December 16
2010 Last episode of Larry King Live aired
After 25 years of being on TV, the last episode of Larry King Live, one of CNN's most watched TV program was aired. While the official end date for the talk show was December 16, an episode on cancer was aired two days later on December 18. It was replaced by Piers Morgan Tonight.
1991 Kazakhstan independence
The Central Asian country was the last Soviet republic to declare its independence.
1971 End of Indo-Pakistani War
The third major conflict between the two countries was fought because of India's support of Bangladesh's War of Liberation. The war ended only after 13 days and with the creation of the independent state of Bangladesh.
1773 Boston Tea Party
Considered as one of the key events in the American Revolution, the Tea Party occurred when protesters in Boston, a territory controlled by the British, dumped heavily taxed British tea into Boston Harbor.
1707 Last eruption of Mount Fuji
The highest volcano in Japan erupted for the last time in what is known as the Hōei Eruption. The eruption lasted for 17 days.
Births On This Day – December 16
1917 Arthur C. Clarke
1901 Margaret Mead
1866 Wassily Kandinsky
1775 Jane Austen
1485 Catherine of Aragon
Deaths On This Day – December 16
American singer-songwriter, pianist, producer
1980 Colonel Sanders
American businessman, founded KFC
1965 W. Somerset Maugham
French/English author, playwright
1515 Afonso de Albuquerque
705 Wu Zetian