TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

Orlando Sentinel - - PEOPLE & ARTS -

On Dec. 16, 1773, the Bos­ton Tea Party took place as Amer­i­can colonists dumped more than 300 chests of tea into Bos­ton Har­bor to protest tea taxes.

In 1859, Wil­helm Grimm, the younger of the sto­ry­writ­ing Broth­ers Grimm, died in Ber­lin at age 73.

In 1905, the en­ter­tain­ment trade pub­li­ca­tion Va­ri­ety re­leased its first weekly is­sue.

In 1907, 16 U.S. Navy battleship­s, which came to be known as the “Great White Fleet,” set sail on a 14-month round-the-world voy­age to demon­strate Amer­i­can sea power.

In 1950, Pres­i­dent Harry S. Tru­man pro­claimed a na­tional state of emer­gency in or­der to fight “Com­mu­nist im­pe­ri­al­ism.”

In 1991, the U.N. Gen­eral As­sem­bly re­scinded its 1975 res­o­lu­tion equat­ing Zion­ism with racism by a vote of 111-25.

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