The events happened on 16th December are :
1773 : Boston Tea Party : On this day in 1773, in what is known as the Boston Tea Party, American colonists disguised as Mohawk Indians threw 342 chests of tea belonging to the British East India Company into Boston Harbor to protest a tax on tea.
1944 : In World War II, German forces attempted to push through Allied lines in the Ardennes, beginning the Battle of the Bulge.
1838 : Voortrekkers killed 3,000 Zulu at the Battle of Blood River in South Africa.
1653 : British soldier and statesman Oliver Cromwell became lord protector of England.
1631 : More than 3,000 people were killed by a major eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
882 : Marinus I became pope after the death (possibly murder) of John VIII.
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