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In 1991, the U.N. General Assembly rescinded its 1975 resolution equating Zionism with racism by a vote of 111-25.