December 16 is the 3349th day in the year (3350th day in a leap year) 15 days untill the end of the year.
December 16, 2000 in U.S.A. The next President of the United States George W. Bush announced Colin Powell for the selection of secretary of state, Colin Powell was the first African-American Secretary Of State.
16 December, 1998, Iraq and US Air strikes.President Bill Clinton ordered a series of air strikes against Iraq by American and British forces in response to Saddam Hussein’s continued defiance of UN weapons inspectors.
December 16, 2004 in England, the United Kingdoms high court made a ruling to the government’s anti terrorism policy that it can not detain foreign suspects indefinitely without trial.
December 16, 2006 in Iraq, The Iraq Study Group report which was 96 pages long had just been released on the Internet and in book form. The study’s critics were busy quibbling over semantics and whether or not the U.S. administration’s actions were right or wrong. In one paragraph it read, “Iraq is vital to regional and even global stability, and is critical to U.S. interests. It runs along the sectarian fault lines of Shia and Sunni Islam, and of Kurdish and Arab populations. It has the world’s second-largest known oil reserves. It is now a base of operations for international terrorism, including al Qaeda.”
16 December, 2006 also in Iraq, Turkey’s air strikes against Kurdish rebels in Iraq are said to have been approved in advance by the United States. The country’s top general, Yasar Buyukanit, said that the U.S. opened northern Iraqi airspace for the operation, and jets targeted the Kurdish rebel P.K.K. in areas near around the border. The Turkish media says that up to fifty planes were used. Iraqi officials said the bombs hit ten villages, leaving one woman dead.
The P.K.K. have reported seven deaths.
The United States has denied approving the Turkish attacks on P.K.K. targets in northern Iraq, which killed one woman. The Turkish army claims the U.S. provided intelligence and gave tacit approval by opening Iraqi airspace to Turkish jets. The U.S. has denied approving the Turkish attacks, and would only say it had been informed of the operation in advance. A U.S. embassy official in Iraq has told Reuters: “We have not approved any decision, it is not for us to approve. However,
we were informed before the event.”
Also December 16, 2008 in United States, Governor Rod Blagojevich was Impeached.illinois lawmakers have taken the first step towards impeaching Governor Rod Blagojevich by voting to begin an inquiry into the grounds for impeachment. If the inquiry determines that impeachment is warranted, the house will vote on whether to impeach him, and a trial in the state senate will follow. Blagojevich had been arrested the previous week for trying to sell the President-elect’s Senate seat.
December 16, 2009 in Iran. Iran test fires new missiles. Iran has successfully test-fired an improved version of one of their mediumrange missiles. TV pictures have shown the launch of the Sajjil-2 rocket, which is said to have enough range to hit Israel or U.S. bases in the Gulf. Correspondents say it has been tested before, but it is likely to add to the increased speculation on Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The West is speculating that Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons, a charge Iran denies, and the U.S. says the test has ‘undermined Iran’s claims of peaceful intentions.’
16 December, 1773 in United States. The Boston Tea Party was a culmination of protests against the Tea Act and about the extent of the British Parliament’s authority over the British American colonies including new taxes, including one on tea, the colonists primary dispute was “no taxation without representation”, the tea just offered a way to protest no representation for the colonies in the British Government. Following the decision of officials in Boston who refused to return three shiploads of taxed tea to Britain, a group of colonists boarded the ships and destroyed the tea by throwing it into Boston Harbor.
December 16, 1955 in England The Heathrow Airport. The Queen opened a new buildings in the centre of London Airport ( renamed Heathrow Airport ) , part of a new complex designed to handle a growing number of air passengers. London Airport ( Heathrow ) was originally opened in 1946 but the new buildings were part of a planned extension Heathrow Airport now has four terminals with a fifth terminal under construction and is one of the world’s busiest airports with over 65 million passengers per year.
December 16, 1907 in South Africa. The Ethiopian Movement.The British were very concerned about the Ethiopian movement in South Africa. This movement had as its slogan “South Africa for the blacks” and its aim was to abolish British rule. The most radical group of rebels was the Zulu tribe.

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