Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/December 16
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- 1598 – The Korean navy, led by Admiral Yi Sun-sin, defeated a Japanese fleet at the Battle of Noryang, ending their invasions of the Korean peninsula.
- 1689 – The Parliament of England enacted the Bill of Rights, setting out basic civil rights and later influencing other documents such as the U.S. Bill of Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- 1901 – English writer Beatrix Potter privately published 250 copies of The Tale of Peter Rabbit (illustration shown) after several publishers' rejections.
- 1930 – German-American gangster Herman Lamm, the "father of modern bank robbery", killed himself during a botched robbery attempt in Clinton, Indiana, rather than be captured by police.
- 2012 – A woman was gang-raped and fatally assaulted on a bus in New Delhi, generating public protests across India against the authorities for not providing adequate security for women.