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KSAT Kids: Today in History, Dec. 16

WWII Battle of the Bulge begins; Variety comes out with its first weekly issue

1. Boston Tea Party
1. Boston Tea Party

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 16, the 351st day of 2020. There are 15 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

  • On Dec. 16, 1773, the Boston Tea Party took place as American colonists boarded a British ship and dumped more than 300 chests of tea into Boston Harbor to protest tea taxes.

On this date:

  • In 1809, the French Senate granted a divorce decree to Emperor Napoleon I and Empress Josephine (the dissolution was made final the following month).
  • In 1811, the first of the powerful New Madrid earthquakes struck the central Mississippi Valley with an estimated magnitude of 7.7.
  • In 1905, the entertainment trade publication Variety came out with its first weekly issue.
  • In 1944, the World War II Battle of the Bulge began as German forces launched a surprise attack against Allied forces through the Ardennes Forest in Belgium and Luxembourg (the Allies were eventually able to turn the Germans back)
FILE  - In this Jan. 13, 1945 file photo, and provided by the U.S. Army, American soldiers of the 347th U.S. Infantry wear heavy winter gear as they receive rations in La Roche, Belgium.It was 75 years ago  that Hitler launched his last desperate attack to turn the tide for Germany in World War II. It was 75 years ago  that Hitler launched his last desperate attack to turn the tide for Germany in World War II. At first, German forces drove so deep through the front line in Belgium and Luxembourg that the month-long fighting came to be known as The Battle of the Bulge. When the Germans asked one American commander to surrender, the famous reply came: Nuts!" By Christmas, American troops had turned the tables on the Germans. Veterans are heading and on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 when they will mix with royalty and dignitaries to mark perhaps the greatest battle in U.S. military history. (U.S. Army, via AP, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 13, 1945 file photo, and provided by the U.S. Army, American soldiers of the 347th U.S. Infantry wear heavy winter gear as they receive rations in La Roche, Belgium.It was 75 years ago that Hitler launched his last desperate attack to turn the tide for Germany in World War II. It was 75 years ago that Hitler launched his last desperate attack to turn the tide for Germany in World War II. At first, German forces drove so deep through the front line in Belgium and Luxembourg that the month-long fighting came to be known as The Battle of the Bulge. When the Germans asked one American commander to surrender, the famous reply came: Nuts!" By Christmas, American troops had turned the tables on the Germans. Veterans are heading and on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 when they will mix with royalty and dignitaries to mark perhaps the greatest battle in U.S. military history. (U.S. Army, via AP, File) (1945 AP)
  • In 1950, President Harry S. Truman proclaimed a national state of emergency in order to fight “world conquest by Communist imperialism.”
  • In 1960, 134 people were killed when a United Air Lines DC-8 and a TWA Super Constellation collided over New York City.
  • In 1980, Harland Sanders, founder of the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant chain, died in Shelbyville, Kentucky, at age 90.
  • In 1982, Environmental Protection Agency head Anne M. Gorsuch became the first Cabinet-level officer to be cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to submit documents requested by a congressional committee.
  • In 1985, Organized-crime chief Paul Castellano and his bodyguard were shot to death outside a New York City restaurant on orders from John Gotti.
  • In 1991, the U.N. General Assembly rescinded its 1975 resolution equating Zionism with racism by a vote of 111-25.
  • In 2000, President-elect George W. Bush selected Colin Powell to become the first African-American secretary of state.
  • In 2001, after nine weeks of fighting, Afghan militia leaders claimed control of the last mountain bastion of Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida fighters, but bin Laden himself was nowhere to be seen.

Today’s Birthdays:

CBS news correspondent Lesley Stahl is 79. Pop musician Tony Hicks (The Hollies) is 75. Pop singer Benny Andersson (ABBA) is 74. Rock singer-musician Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) is 71. Rock musician Bill Bateman (The Blasters) is 69. Actor Xander Berkeley is 65. Actor Alison LaPlaca is 61. Actor Sam Robards is 59. Actor Jon Tenney is 59. Actor Benjamin Bratt is 57. Country singer-songwriter Jeff Carson is 57. Actor-comedian JB Smoove is 55. Actor Miranda Otto is 53. Actor Daniel Cosgrove is 50. Rhythm-and-blues singer Michael McCary is 49. Actor Jonathan Scarfe is 45. Actor Krysten Ritter is 39. Actor Zoe Jarman is 38. Country musician Chris Scruggs is 38. Actor Theo James is 36. Actor Amanda Setton is 35. Rock musician Dave Rublin (American Authors) is 34. Actor Hallee Hirsh is 33. Actor Anna Popplewell is 32. Actor Stephan James is 27.

December 16: Benjamin Bratt (1963)Others: Krysten Ritter (1981), Flo Rida (1979), J.B. Smoove (1966), William "The Refrigerator" Perry (1962), Billy Gibbons (1949), Steven Bochco (1943) and Lesley Stahl (1941)
December 16: Benjamin Bratt (1963)Others: Krysten Ritter (1981), Flo Rida (1979), J.B. Smoove (1966), William "The Refrigerator" Perry (1962), Billy Gibbons (1949), Steven Bochco (1943) and Lesley Stahl (1941) (Frank Kovalchek/Wikimedia Commons)