Tuesday, the 16th of December, 2014 is the 350th day in 2014 and in the 51st calendar week.
General Events:
Day of Reconciliation
December 16, 2014 in South Africa
Day of Reconciliation is celebrated on December 16, 2014. The Day of Reconciliation is a public holiday in South Africa. The holiday came into effect in 1994 after the end of apartheid, with the intention of fostering reconciliation and national unity. The day is also the de facto start of the South African summer holiday period being the first of four public holidays to fall in a sixteen-day period at the height of summer. Before 1994, 16 December was commemorated as the Day of the Vow, also known as Day of the Covenant or Dingaan’s Day.
Where is Day of Reconciliation?
Nationwide South Africa
Chocolate Covered Anything Day
December 16, 2014 in the USA
National Chocolate Covered Anything Day takes place on December 16, 2014. Today is your chance to top everything that you eat with chocolate. Here are some ideas for breakfast, lunch, dessert, and snack: chocolate covered raisins, chocolate covered waffles, chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate covered crepes, chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate covered almonds, chocolate covered bacon, and chocolate covered potato chips. As you can see, there is a wide range of possibilities to celebrate National Chocolate Covered Anything Day!
Chocolate is a product based on cocoa solid and cocoa fat. Several types of chocolate can be distinguished. Pure, unsweetened chocolate contains primarily cocoa solids and cocoa butter in varying proportions. Much of the chocolate consumed today is in the form of sweet chocolate, combining chocolate with sugar. Milk chocolate is sweet chocolate that additionally contains milk powder or condensed milk.
Where is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day?
Nationwide USA
National Barbie and Barney Backlash Day
December 16, 2014 in the USA
If we have to explain this to you, you don’t have kids.  According to the creators of the holiday, “It’s the one day each year when mom and dad can tell the kids that Barbie and Barney don’t exist.”
**And while we’re at it, let’s throw Tickle Me Elmo, Furby, Tamagotchi, Cabbage Patch Kids, and any other panic-inducing must-have toy in there as well.
Where is National Barbie and Barney Backlash Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 16th December:
755 – An Lushan revolts against Chancellor Yang Guozhong at Fanyang, initiating the An Shi Rebellion during the Tang Dynasty of China.
1497 – Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama sailing along African East Coast names it Natal, first European to sail so far
1598 – Seven Year War: Battle of Noryang Point – The final battle of the Seven Year War is fought between the Korean and Japanese navies, resulting in a decisive Korean victory.
1631 – Mount Vesuvious, Italy erupts, destroys 6 villages & kills 4,000
1689 – English Parliament passes Bill of Rights establishing limits on crown powers and requirement for regular elections
1773 – Boston tea party incident – Sons of Liberty protesters throw tea shipments into Boston harbour in protest against British omposed Tea Act
1835 – Fire consumes over 600 buildings in NYC
1862 – Kingdom of Nepal accepts its constitution
1907 – As a gesture of the US’s new presence as a world power, President Roosevelt sends the US Battle Fleet on a round-the-world cruise, visiting ports internationally
1920 – 8.5 earthquake rocks the Gansu province in China, killing an estimated 200,000
1950 – US President Harry Truman proclaims state of emergency against “Communist imperialism”
1962 – Nepal gets constitution/becomes Constitutional Hindu Monarchy
1970 – 1st successful landing on Venus (USSR)
1971 – Bangladesh (East Pakistan) declares independence from Pakistan
1986 – Revolt in Kazakhstan against Communist party, known as Zheltoksan, which becomes the first sign of ethnic strife during Gorbachev’s tenure
1998 – Iraq disarmament crisis: Operation Desert Fox – the United States and United Kingdom bomb targets in Iraq