Today in History

  • Tuesday, December 11, 2012 11:51am
  • Life

Today is Sunday, Dec. 16, the 351st day of 2012. There are 15 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight:

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 1653, Oliver Cromwell became lord protector of England, Scotland and Ireland.

In 1944, the World War II Battle of the Bulge began as German forces launched a surprise attack against Allied forces in Belgium (the Allies were eventually able to beat the Germans back).

Today’s birthdays

Civil rights attorney Morris Dees is 76. Actress Liv Ullmann is 74. CBS news correspondent Lesley Stahl is 71. TV producer Steven Bochco is 69. Pop singer Benny Andersson (ABBA) is 66. Actress Krysten Ritter (TV: “Don’t Trust the B—— in Apartment 23”) is 31.

Thought for Today

“Somewhere in the world there is an epigram for every dilemma.” — Hendrik Willem Van Loon, Dutch-born journalist and lecturer (1882-1944).

Associated Press

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