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HISTORY: On this day December 16-22, 2018 (week 51) infographic

On this day December 16-22, 2018

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December 16-22, 2018 -- Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries for each day of the week. This week features the Boston Tea Party, the first powered aircraft, the rock star Keith Richards, the Williamsburg suspension bridge in New York, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, the Lockerbie disaster, and SpaceX.

December 16, 1773: American colonists protesting against taxes boarded a British ship and dumped over 300 chests of tea overboard in what became known as the Boston Tea Party

December 17, 1903: Bicycle manufacturers Wilbur and Orville Wright made the first successful controlled flight in a powered aircraft on the beach at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

December 18, 1943: Keith Richards, co-founder of British rock band the Rolling Stones, was born. With singer Mick Jagger he is responsible for writing most of the band’s songs

December 19, 1903: The Williamsburg suspension bridge, connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan, opened in New York. Until 1924 it was the world’s longest suspension bridge

December 20, 1933: The dance partnership of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers was born in the movie Flying Down To Rio. They made 10 films, including Roberta (above) from 1933-49

December 21, 1988: A bomb exploded on Pan Am flight 103 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie, killing all 259 people on board and 11 on the ground

December 22, 2015: Aerospace company SpaceX made history by sending the first orbital rocket into space and successfully landing the first stage back on the ground

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