16 December It Happened Today
1653 Oliver Cromwell made Lord Protector of England.
1773 Boston Tea Party takes place as a protest against a tea tax.
1775 Birth of English novelist Jane Austen.
1889 Birth of English playwright Noel Coward.
1944 American bandleader Glenn Miller’s plane goes missing over English Channel.
1965 Death of British novelist William Somerset Maugham at the age of 91.