On this Day in History: December 16

1978 – Cleveland, Ohio, becomes the first major American city to default on its financial obligations since the Great Depression.
1968 – KFIZ TV channel 34 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin begins broadcasting.
1951 – NBC premieres the cop show Dragnet in black and white.
1937 – Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempt to escape from the American federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. Neither man is ever seen again.
1913 – Charlie Chaplin began his film career working for $150 a week at Keystone Studios, an early movie studio founded in Edendale, California.