December 16, 1653 - After Charles I was executed, Oliver Cromwell wasn't able to get the Parliament he wanted and became Lord Protector, turning himself into an uncrowned king for the next four years.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
This Day in History...
December 16, 1485 - Catherine of Aragon was born to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain. She married Prince Arthur when she was 16 but he died within a few months. She later married Henry VIII but her first marriage would come back to haunt her.