THIS DAY IN HIS­TORY

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To­day is Fri­day, Dec. 16, the 351st day of 2016. There are 15 days left in the year.

IN THE NA­TION

1773: The Bos­ton Tea Party took place. Amer­i­can colonists boarded a Bri­tish ship and dumped more than 300 chests of tea into Bos­ton Har­bor to protest tea taxes.

1811: The first of the pow­er­ful New Madrid earth­quakes struck the central Mis­sis­sippi Val­ley with an es­ti­mated mag­ni­tude of 7.7.

IN THE WORLD

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

HAPPY BIRTH­DAY TO YOU

Ac­tress Liv Ull­mann is 78. TV pro­ducer Steven Bochco is 73. Pop singer Benny An­der­s­son (ABBA) is 70. Rock singer­mu­si­cian Billy Gib­bons (ZZ Top) is 67. Ac­tor-co­me­dian JB Smoove is 51. Ac­tress Krys­ten Rit­ter is 35.

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