December 16: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On December 16, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts that occurred throughout history. The 350th day of the Gregorian calendar is December 16. The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower hotel in Bombay was inaugurated on this day, Kazakhstan gained independence from the Soviet Union, and the F-4 Tuscaloosa tornado struck Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Sagittarius rules the 16th of December. Krysten Ritter, Theo James, and Zara Larsson all have famous birthdays. National Chocolate Covered Anything Day is celebrated on December 16th.


(December 16, 1773)
In what became known as the Boston Tea Party, American colonists dressed as Mohawk Indians hurled 342 chests of tea belonging to the British East India Company into Boston Harbor on this day in 1773 to protest a tea tax. photo source:


(December 16, 1903)
The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower hotel in Bombay first welcomes visitors. photo source:

(December 16, 2009)
James Cameron's science-fiction thriller Avatar was released globally and grossed over $2.7 billion. photo source:

(Died on December 16, 2017)
Keely Smith, American singer and actress (b. 1928).

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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