16 December History: India and World History of Major Events

December 16th is a day etched deeply in both Indian and global histories, marked by a tapestry of events that have left enduring imprints. This date, carrying significance from the pre-independence era to the contemporary world, is a canvas splashed with diverse historical hues.

December 16 is the 350th day of the year (351st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are still 15 more days left in the year.

Major Events of December 16

1631: Six villages were destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy, more than four thousand people died.
1707: Japan’s Mount Fuji volcano erupts for the last time.
1824: Great North Holland Canal opened.
1862: Nepal adopted the Constitution.
1889: King William and Queen Mary accepted the Declaration of Rights of the British Parliament and recognized the people’s right to governance.
1922: Poland’s President Gabriel Narutowicz was assassinated.
1927: Great Australian batsman Sir Don Bradman made his first-class cricket debut in the match between New South Wales and South Australia.
1929: Calcutta (now Kolkata) Electricity Supply Corporation started digging a canal within the Hooghly River.
1951: Salar Jung Museum was established in Hyderabad.
1958: 82 people died in a massive fire in a warehouse in Bogota, the capital of Colombia.
1959: 48 people died due to heavy snowfall in Lowarai Pass in western Pakistan.
1971: After the ceasefire agreed between India and Pakistan, Bangladesh separated from Pakistan and became an independent nation.
1985: Establishment of the first Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) at Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu.
1991: Kazakhstan declared independence from the Soviet Union.
1993: ‘Education for All’ conference started in New Delhi.
1994: Palau became the 185th member of the United Nations.
1999: Syria-Israel talks fail on the issue of Golan Heights.
2004: Doordarshan’s free to air DTH service ‘DD Direct+’ was launched by the Prime Minister.
2006: The interim constitution was finalized in Nepal. Under this, King Gyanendra was removed from the post of head of the country.
2008: The Central Government accepted the recommendations of the Chadha Committee constituted for salary revision of teachers of central universities.
2013: 18 people died and 20 others were injured when a bus overturned in Manila, the capital of the Philippines.
2014: 145 people, mostly school children, were killed in a Tehreek-e-Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar in Pakistan.

World History and Events of December 16

1991: This date also marks the signing of the Alma-Ata Declaration, formally dissolving the Soviet Union and establishing the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). This event marked the end of an era for the world, with significant geopolitical ramifications and the emergence of new independent nations.

2014: December 16th saw a tragic event in Pakistan, with the Peshawar school massacre. Militants attacked a school in Peshawar, killing over 150 people, mostly children. This horrific act of violence drew global condemnation and underscored the fragility of peace and the importance of counter-terrorism efforts.

1782: The Muharram Rebellion, the first anti-British uprising in the Indian subcontinent, erupted on this day in Sylhet, led by Hada and Mada Miah.

1898: Marie Curie announced the discovery of radium, a major breakthrough in the field of physics and a significant contribution to the understanding of radioactivity.


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1937: Hawa Singh – was one of India’s best boxers.


1515: Alfonso de Albuquerque – Portuguese governor of Goa.
1971: Arun Khetarpal Paramvir Chakra, Indian soldier awarded.
2002: Shakeela Bano – was a famous Indian female Qawwal.

Date Wise More Events of December Month

1 December12 December23 December
2 December13 December24 December
3 December14 December25 December
4 December15 December26 December
5 December16 December27 December
6 December17 December28 December
7 December18 December29 December
8 December19 December30 December
9 December20 December31 December
10 December21 December
11 December22 December

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Why is December 16th significant in Indian history?

December 16th marks pivotal events in India’s struggle for independence and post-independence victories.

What global events occurred on December 16th?

Events like the Boston Tea Party and the adoption of the Kyoto Protocol are notable occurrences on this date.

How do December 16th events resonate with today’s world?

They symbolize resilience, courage, and the pursuit of progress, carrying lessons for contemporary societies.

What lessons can we draw from December 16th events?

The events underscore the importance of perseverance, unity, and the quest for freedom and betterment.