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Sunday 16 December 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Chocolate Covered Anything Day
  • Victory Day in India

Events

  • 1979 – Libya joins four other OPEC nations in raising crude oil prices, which has an immediate, dramatic effect on the United States.
  • 1978 – Cleveland, Ohio becomes the first major American city to default on its financial obligations since the Great Depression.
  • 1947 – William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain build the first practical point-contact transistor.
  • 1937 – Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempt to escape from the American federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay; neither is ever seen again.
  • 1912 – First Balkan War: The Royal Hellenic Navy defeats the Ottoman Navy at the Battle of Elli.
  • 1907 – The American Great White Fleet begins its circumnavigation of the world.
  • 1903 – Taj Mahal Palace & Tower hotel in Bombay first opens its doors to guests.
  • 1880 – Outbreak of the First Boer War between the Boer South African Republic and the British Empire.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Nashville: Major General George Thomas's Union forces defeat Lieutenant General John Bell Hood's Confederate Army of Tennessee.
  • 1863 – American Civil War: Joseph E. Johnston replaces Braxton Bragg as commander of the Confederate Army of Tennessee.
  • 1850 – The Charlotte Jane and the Randolph bring the first of the Canterbury Pilgrims to Lyttelton, New Zealand.
  • 1811 – The first two in a series of four severe earthquakes occur in the vicinity of New Madrid, Missouri.
  • 1773 – American Revolution: Boston Tea Party: Members of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawk Indians dump hundreds of crates of tea into Boston harbor as a protest against the Tea Act.

Births

  • 1987 – Hallee Hirsh, American actress
  • 1983 – Frankie Ballard, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1983 – Kelenna Azubuike, American basketball player
  • 1982 – Antrel Rolle, American football player
  • 1981 – Krysten Ritter, American actress, musician, and model
  • 1979 – Jessie Ward, American wrestler and producer
  • 1979 – Luke Harper, American wrestler
  • 1976 – Jen Golbeck, American computer scientist and academic
  • 1973 – Jason Molina, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013)
  • 1973 – Scott Storch, American songwriter and producer, founded Storch Music Company
  • 1972 – Charles Gipson, American baseball player
  • 1972 – Travis Morrison, American singer-songwriter
  • 1971 – Michael McCary, American R&B singer
  • 1969 – Adam Riess, American astrophysicist, astronomer, and academic Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1969 – Dmitri Tymoczko, American composer and theorist
  • 1968 – Lalah Hathaway, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer
  • 1966 – Clifford Robinson, American basketball player
  • 1965 – Chris Jones, American baseball player and manager
  • 1965 – Melanie Sloan, American lawyer and activist
  • 1964 – Billy Ripken, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1963 – Benjamin Bratt, American actor and producer
  • 1963 – Cathy Johnston-Forbes, American golfer
  • 1963 – James Mangold, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1962 – William Perry, American football player and wrestler
  • 1961 – Bill Hicks, American comedian and musician (d. 1994)
  • 1961 – Jon Tenney, American actor and director
  • 1961 – LaChanze, American actress, singer, and dancer
  • 1961 – Shane Black, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1959 – Steve Mattsson, American author and illustrator
  • 1958 – Bart Oates, American football player and lawyer
  • 1955 – Carol Browner, American lawyer and environmentalist, 8th Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
  • 1955 – Xander Berkeley, American actor and producer
  • 1953 – Rebecca Forstadt, American voice actress and screenwriter
  • 1951 – Mark Heard, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 1992)
  • 1951 – Mike Flanagan, American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster (d. 2011)
  • 1951 – Robben Ford, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1950 – Claudia Cohen, American journalist (d. 2007)
  • 1949 – Billy Gibbons, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1947 – Vincent Matthews, American sprinter
  • 1946 – Tom Stern, American cinematographer
  • 1945 – Patti Deutsch, American actress and comedian (d. 2017)
  • 1944 – Don Meyer, American basketball player and coach (d. 2014)
  • 1944 – Jeff Kanew, American director and screenwriter
  • 1943 – Steven Bochco, American screenwriter and producer
  • 1942 – Donald Carcieri, American educator and politician, 73rd Governor of Rhode Island
  • 1941 – Lesley Stahl, American journalist and actress
  • 1938 – Frank Deford, American journalist and author
  • 1937 – Edward Ruscha, American painter and photographer
  • 1937 – Joyce Bulifant, American actress
  • 1936 – Morris Dees, American lawyer and activist, co-founded the Southern Poverty Law Center
  • 1930 – Bill Brittain, American author (d. 2011)
  • 1930 – Bill Young, American sergeant and politician (d. 2013)
  • 1930 – Sam Most, American flute player and saxophonist (d. 2013)
  • 1928 – Philip K. Dick, American philosopher and author (d. 1982)
  • 1928 – Terry Carter, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1927 – Randall Garrett, American author and poet (d. 1987)
  • 1926 – James McCracken, American tenor and actor (d. 1988)
  • 1926 – Jeffrey Stone, American actor and screenwriter (d. 2012)
  • 1924 – Nicolas Sidjakov, Latvian-American illustrator (d. 1993)
  • 1923 – Ernst Florian Winter, Austrian-American historian and political scientist (d. 2014)
  • 1923 – Menahem Pressler, German-American pianist (Beaux Arts Trio)
  • 1922 – Cy Leslie, American record producer, founded Pickwick Records (d. 2008)
  • 1917 – Pete T. Cenarrusa, American soldier, pilot, and politician, Secretary of State of Idaho (d. 2013)
  • 1917 – Ruth Johnson Colvin, American author and educator, founded ProLiteracy Worldwide
  • 1907 – Barbara Kent, Canadian-born American film actress (d. 2011)
  • 1903 – Hardie Albright, American actor (d. 1975)
  • 1901 – Margaret Mead, American anthropologist and author (d. 1978)
  • 1900 – Lucille Lortel, American actress and producer (d. 1999)
  • 1895 – Marie Hall Ets, American author and illustrator (d. 1984)
  • 1869 – Bertha Lamme Feicht, American electrical engineer (d. 1943)
  • 1869 – Hristo Tatarchev, Bulgarian physician and activist, co-founded the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (d. 1952)
  • 1778 – John Ordronaux, French-American soldier (d. 1841)

Deaths

  • 2015 – George Earl Ortman, American painter and sculptor (b. 1926)
  • 2014 – Tim Cochran, American mathematician and academic (b. 1955)
  • 2013 – Marta Russell, American journalist, author, and activist (b. 1951)
  • 2013 – Ray Price, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1926)
  • 2012 – Elwood V. Jensen, American biologist and academic (b. 1920)
  • 2012 – Jake Adam York, American poet and academic (b. 1972)
  • 2011 – Robert Easton, American actor and screenwriter (b. 1930)
  • 2010 – Melvin E. Biddle, American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1923)
  • 2009 – Roy E. Disney, American businessman (b. 1930)
  • 2007 – Dan Fogelberg, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1951)
  • 2006 – Stanford J. Shaw, American historian and academic (b. 1930)
  • 2005 – Ed Hansen, American director and screenwriter (b. 1937)
  • 2005 – John Spencer, American actor (b. 1946)
  • 2004 – Agnes Martin, American painter and educator (b. 1912)
  • 2004 – Deyda Hydara, Gambian journalist, co-founded The Point (b. 1946)
  • 2004 – Ted Abernathy, American baseball player (b. 1933)
  • 2003 – Gary Stewart, American singer-songwriter (b. 1945)
  • 2001 – Stefan Heym, German-American soldier and author (b. 1913)
  • 1998 – William Gaddis, American author and academic (b. 1922)
  • 1997 – Lillian Disney, American illustrator and philanthropist (b. 1899)
  • 1993 – Moses Gunn, American actor (b. 1929)
  • 1990 – Douglas Campbell, American lieutenant and pilot (b. 1896)
  • 1989 – Aileen Pringle, American actress (b. 1895)
  • 1989 – Lee Van Cleef, American actor (b. 1925)
  • 1985 – Paul Castellano, American mobster (b. 1915)
  • 1985 – Thomas Bilotti, American mobster (b. 1940)
  • 1983 – Debs Garms, American baseball player (b. 1907)
  • 1982 – Colin Chapman, English engineer and businessman, founded Lotus Cars (b. 1928)
  • 1980 – Colonel Sanders, American businessman, founded KFC (b. 1890)
  • 1980 – Hellmuth Walter, German-American engineer (b. 1900)
  • 1970 – Oscar Lewis, American anthropologist of Latin America (b. 1914)
  • 1952 – Robert Henry Best, American journalist (b. 1896)
  • 1949 – Sidney Olcott, Canadian-American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1873)
  • 1945 – Giovanni Agnelli, Italian businessman, founded the Fiat Automobile Company (b. 1866)
  • 1940 – Billy Hamilton, American baseball player and manager (b. 1866)
  • 1936 – Frank Eugene, American-German photographer and educator (b. 1865)
  • 1935 – Thelma Todd, American actress and comedian (b. 1905)
  • 1928 – Elinor Wylie, American poet and author (b. 1885)
  • 1917 – Frank Gotch, American wrestler (b. 1878)
  • 1908 – American Horse, American tribal leader and educator (b. 1840)
  • 1892 – Henry Yesler, American businessman and politician, 7th Mayor of Seattle (b. 1810)
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