On Your Birthday: December 16



1773 – Nearly 350 chests of tea were dumped into Boston Harbor off of British ships by Colonial patriots. The patriots were disguised as Indians. The act was to protest taxation without representation and the monopoly the government granted to the East India Company.

1835 – In New York, NY, 530 buildings were destroyed by fire.

1901 – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” by Beatrix Potter, was printed for the first time.

1903 – Women ushers were employed for the first time at the Majestic Theatre in New York City.

1905 – Sime Silverman published the first issue of “Variety”.

1912 – The first postage stamp to depict an airplane was issued was a 20 cent parcel-post stamp.

1946 – The first U.S. coin honoring a black person is issued. The 50 cent piece honors educator Booker T. Washington.

1951 – NBC debuted the television show “Dragnet” in a special preview on “Chesterfield Sound Off Time”. The show began officially on January 3, 1952.

1953 – President Eisenhower holds the first White House press conference.

1972 – The Miami Dolphins became the first NFL team to go unbeaten and untied in a 14-game regular season. The Dolphins went on to defeat the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII.

1977 – The “Saturday Night Fever” film opened in the U.S.

1981 – The U.S. Congress restored the $122 minimum monthly social security benefit for current recipients.

1995 – Many government functions were again closed as a temporary finance provision expired and the budget dispute between President Bill Clinton and Republicans in Congress continued.

1998 – Eric Michelman filed the earliest patent for a scroll wheel for a computer mouse.

1999 – Sigourney Weaver received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2000 – Researchers announced that information from NASA’s Galileo spacecraft indicated that Ganymede appeared to have a liquid saltwater ocean beneath a surface of solid ice. Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter, is the solar system’s largest moon. The discovery is considered important since water is a key ingredient for life.

2000 – President-elect George W. Bush selected Colin Powell to be the first African-American Secretary of State. Powell will be sworn in January 20th, 2001.

2004 – The iTunes Music Store reached 200 million songs sold.

2009 – Astronomers discovered GJ1214b. It was the first-known exoplanet on which water could exist.



Joyce Bulifant 1937 – Actress, TV Panelist (She was the original choice for the role of Carol Brady on TV’s “The Brady Bunch”, but the part ultimately went to Florence Henderson. TV’s “The Bill Cosby Show”, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”, “Flo”, “Just Shoot Me!”, “Chain Reaction”, “Match Game”, movie “Airplane!”)

Liv Ullmann 1938 – Actress (“Face to Face”, “The Emigrants”)

Leslie Stahl 1941 – News correspondent (TV’s “60 Minutes”)

Steven Bochco 1943 – TV producer, writer (TV’s “Hill Street Blues”, “LA Law”, “NYPD Blue”, “Doogie Howser MD”)

Benny Andersson 1946 – Musician (ABBA)

Ben Cross 1947 – Actor (“Chariots of Fire”)

Billy Gibbons 1949 – Musician (ZZ Top)

Alison LaPlaca 1959 – Actress (TV’s “Duet”, “Open House”)

Sam Robards 1961 – Actor (“American Beauty”)

Jon Tenney 1961 – Actor (TV’s “The Closer”, “Major Crimes”)

William “Refrigerator” Perry 1962 – Football player

Benjamin Bratt 1963 – Actor (TV’s “Private Practice”, “The Cleaner”, “ERing”, “Law and Order”, movies “Miss Congeniality”, “Traffic”, “The Woodsman”)

J.B. Smoove 1965 – Actor, comedian (“Date Night”, “The Sitter”, “We Bought a Zoo”, TV’s “The Millers”, “Real Husbands of Hollywood”, “Everybody Hate Chris”, “‘Til Death”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “Saturday Night Live”, Comedy Jam”)

Miranda Otto 1967 – Actress (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “The War of the Worlds”, “Human Nature”, “What Lies Beneath”, TV’s “Homeland”)

Michael McCary 1971 – Singer (Boyz II Men)

Hallee Hirsh 1987 – Actress (TV’s “JAG”)

Anna Popplewell 1988 – Actress (“The Chronicles of Narnia” movies)



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