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|December 16th, 1998||Event||Iraq disarmament crisis: Operation Desert FoxThe United States and United Kingdom bomb targets in Iraq.|
|December 16th, 1991||Event||United Nations General Assembly: UN General Assembly Resolution 4686 revokes UN General Assembly Resolution 3379 after Israel makes revocation of resolution 3379 a condition of its participation in the Madrid Peace Conference of 1991.|
|December 16th, 1991||Event||Independence of The Republic of Kazakhstan.|
|December 16th, 1989||Event||Protest breaks out in Timisoara in response to an attempt by the government to evict dissident Hungarian pastor, Laszlo Tokes.|
|December 16th, 1989||Event||Walter LeRoy Moody begins his terrorist bombing streak when he sends Judge Robert Smith Vance a bomb in the mail, instantly killing him near his house in Birmingham, Alabama.|
|December 16th, 1986||Event||Revolt in Kazakhstan against Communist party, known as Zheltoksan, which becomes the first sign of ethnic strife during Gorbachev s tenure|
|December 16th, 1985||Event||Mafia: In New York City, Paul Castellano and Thomas Bilotti are shot dead on the orders of John Gotti, who assumes leadership of the Gambino family.|
|December 16th, 1982||Event||The Federal Reserve announces that the operating capacity of factories has gone down to 67.8%.|
|December 16th, 1979||Event||Libya joins four other OPEC nations in raising crude oil prices, having an immediate dramatic effect on the United States.|
|December 16th, 1978||Event||Cleveland, Ohio becomes the first post-Depression era city to default on its loans, owing $14,000,000 to local banks.|
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