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On This Day in History - 16th December


1485Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's first wife
1775Jane Austen, English novelist; 'Pride And Prejudice' & 'Sense & Sensibility'
1857Edward Emerson Barnard, US astronomer, discoverer of Barnard's star
1882Sir Jack Hobbs, Renowned cricketer; the first of his sport to be Knighted
1882Zoltan Kodaly, Hungarian composer
1899Sir Noel Coward, Renowned playwright, actor, producer and director
1946Benny Andersson, Singer/songwriter with the Pop group 'Abba'
1953Stephanie Lawrence, Actress and singer, made famous by 'Evita'


1653Oliver Cromwell became 'Lord protector of England'
1773'The Boston Tea Party' took place when the 'Sons of Liberty' dumped 18,000 worth of tea in the sea
1809The marriage between Napoleon Bonaparte and Josephine was disolved after thirteen years
1925Construction of the Mersey road tunnel began, eventually opening almost ten years later in 1934
1929Britains first airship, the R101, flew on its first trials
1952Lord Mountbatten was appointed as chief of Allied forces in the Mediterranean, by NATO
1965Somerset Maugham the English novelist died in Nice, France, at the age of 91