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December 1st

What Happened on December 1st
1934 Josef Stalin begins a purge of enemies in Soviet Union
1942 Nationwide gasoline rationing goes into effect U.S.
1955 Rosa Parks sets off a bus boycott in Montgomery, Georgia
1958 Fire at Our Lady of Angels School grade school in Chicago leaves 100 children dead
1969 The U.S. government holds its first draft lottery since World War II ( Vietnam War )
1990 Channel Tunnel links UK to Europe
1997 Heath High School Shooting in Paducah, Kentucky.
1999 Mapping of Human Chromosome 22 Released Into The Public Domain
2009 The Treaty of Lisbon comes into force in European Union
 
 

December 2nd

What Happened on December 2nd
1939 New York's LaGuardia Airport Opens
1956 Cuban Revolution Begins
1959 The Malpasset Dam in France collapses leaving 400 dead
1969 The Boeing 747 ( Often Known as Jumbo Jet ) Gains FAA Airworthiness Certificate
1974 Birmingham Pub Bombing By IRA
1988 School Bus Hijack Soviet Union
1995 Dayton Accord peace plan Accepted By All Parties
2001 Enron an energy trading company filed for Chapter 11 protection
 
 

December 3rd

What Happened on December 3rd
1964 800 students arrested at the University of California at Berkeley
1967 Worlds First Heart Transplant South Africa
1984 Bhopal Chemical Accident In India
 
 

December 4th

What Happened on December 4th
1872 Crew from the Dei Gratia, a small British brig spot the Mary Celeste
1952 Deadly London Smog In England Leaves 1'000s dead in London
1954 first Burger King ( Insta Burger King )is opened in Miami, Florida
1998 International Space Station Assembly Begins
 
 
 

December 5th

What Happened on December 5th
1933 Prohibition comes to an end
1945 Five U.S. Navy Avenger torpedo bombers comprising Flight 19 Lost In Bermuda Triangle
 
 

December 6th

What Happened on December 6th :
1917 Munitions Ship Explodes In Halifax Harbor Killing 1,800
1922 Irish Free State is created
1962 Deadly Smog Spreads In England
1969 Altamont Rolling Stones Concert Disaster
1989 École Polytechnique massacre Montreal
 
 

December 7th

What Happened on December 7th :
1931 Ford produces the last Ford Model A
1941 Japanese Attack Pearl Harbor
1960 First episode of British Soap "Coronation Street"
1993 Long Island Rail Road commuter train shootings
 
 

December 8th

What Happened on December 8th :
1941 US Enters World War II
1980 Former Beatle John Lennon was shot dead in New York
1993 The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Signed into Law
 
 

December 9th

What Happened on December 9th :
1963 Studebaker Production Ends
1990 Solidarity founder Lech Walesa wins Poland's presidential runoff
1992 Prince Charles and Princess Diana announce a formal separation
1993 Hubble Telescope Repair is a success
 
 
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December 10th

What Happened on December 10th :
1948 Universal Declaration on Human Rights By United Nations
1958 First US Commercial Jet Flight
2008 Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Arrested
2006 Augusto Pinochet Dies
 
 

December 11th

What Happened on December 11th :
1936 King Edward VIII Abdicates to marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson
1946 UNICEF Established
1985 The Unabomber kills his first victim, Hugh Scrutton
1990 Ivana Trump filed for divorce from real estate mogul Donald Trump
1997 150 countries agreed at a global warming conference in Kyoto, Japan ( Kyoto Protocol )
2005 Buncefield Oil Depot Explosions Hemel Hempstead in England
2008 Car Companies Bail Out Bill Agreed
 
 
 

December 12th

What Happened on December 12th :
1901 Marconi sends first wireless transmission over 2000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Poldhu in Cornwall, England, to Newfoundland, Canada
1917 Father Edward Flanagan founds Boys Town
1925 first Motel opens the Milestone Mo-Tel of San Luis Obispo, California
1975 Balcombe Street Siege London England
1988 Clapham Junction Rail Crash South London
2003 Keiko From Free Willy dies
 
 

December 13th

What Happened on December 13th :
1937 Rape of Nanking
1950 James Dean who is still unknown at that time appears in a Pepsi commercial
1972 Thalidomide victims ( 50's and 60's Sales ) are offered a compensation deal
1995 Brixton Riots London England
2003 Saddam Hussein is captured by U.S. forces at a farmhouse in Adwar
2007 Rupert Murdoch buys Dow Jones & Co. which includes The Wall Street Journal
 
 

December 14th

What Happened on December 14th :
1905 1 in 10 are Illiterate in US
1947 NASCAR is formed
1962 Mariner 2 space probe becomes the first spacecraft to fly by Venus
1972 Last Men To Walk On The Moon
1995 Dayton Accord Signed Ending War
 
 

December 15th

What Happened on December 15th :
1939 Gone With The Wind Premiers
1944 Glenn Miller Killed In Plane Crash
1967 The Silver Bridge across the Ohio River collapses
 
 

December 16th

What Happened on December 16th :
1916 Rasputin Murdered In Russia
1920 Earthquake measuring 8.5 hits the heavily populated of Gansu province of midwestern China, causing the deaths of an estimated 200,000 people.
1944 Battle of the Bulge Begins during World War II
1969 Death Penalty Abolished England
 
 

December 17th

What Happened on December 17th :
1903 Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful man-powered airplane flight
1942 Mass executions of Jews by killing squads and in Poland
1983 Harrods Department Store Bombing
1987 The Simpsons Debuts as a half-hour prime time show
 
 

December 18th

What Happened on December 18th :
1966 Dr. Seuss' book "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is made into an animated television special and shown for first time on CBS
 
 

December 19th

What Happened on December 19th :
1997 The movie "Titanic" opened in American theaters.
2008 General Motors and Chrysler bailed out
 
 

December 20th

What Happened on December 20th :
1963 Berlin Wall Opened For 1 Day Passes
1968 The Zodiac killer's first attributable murders
1989 President George Bush launches Operation Just Cause In Panama
2005 Transit Strike New York City
 
 

December 21st

What Happened on December 21st :
1913 First Cross Word Puzzle Published IN New York World.
1958 General Charles de Gaulle is elected President of France
 
 

December 22nd

What Happened on December 22nd :
1952 The first Corvette, a production-ready prototype, is completed
2001 The shoe bomber, a passenger on an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami, tried to ignite explosives in his shoes
 
 

December 23rd

What Happened on December 23rd :
1947 Bell Labs demonstrates the worlds first Transistor Radio
1956 British French Troops Withdraw From Suez Canal
1995 A fire in Dabwali, India, kills 540 people, including 170 children .
2006 United Nations Security Council has unanimously imposed sanctions against Iran over its failure to halt uranium enrichment with Resolution 1737
 
 

December 24th

What Happened on December 24th :
1865 A group of Confederate veterans convenes to form the secret society the "Ku Klux Klan."
1903 The first car number plate ( A1 ) is issued in England
1968 Apollo 8 orbits the Moon, becoming the first manned space mission to achieve the feat.
1994 Four Islamic extremists hijack Air France Flight 8969 in Algiers
2009 The Senate passes health care reform bill
 
 

December 25th

What Happened on December 25th :
1952 The young Queen Elizabeth gives her first Christmas broadcast on BBC radio from the study at Sandringham House
1974 Thousands are left homeless and more than 30 people are feared dead after cyclone Tracy with winds of up to 135mph hits the northern Australian city of Darwin on Christmas Day
 
 

December 26th

What Happened on December 26th :
1947 A severe snowstorm covers the Northeastern part of the United States , burying New York City under 25.8 inches of snow in 16 hours
2004 A tsunami caused by an earthquake under the Indian Ocean leaves 216,000 dead in 13 countries..
 
 

December 27th

What Happened on December 27th :
1932 Radio City Music Hall opened in New York City
1949 Indonesia gains it's independence from the Netherlands after 400 years.
1994 Blood Bath Begins In Rwanda between Hutu majority and the Tutsis
2001 U.S. officials announced that Taliban and al-Qaida prisoners would be held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
2007 Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto assassinated in Pakistan
 
 

December 28th

What Happened on December 28th :
1945 US Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
 
 

December 29th

What Happened on December 29th :
1940 Germany begin dropping incendiary bombs on London
1975 A terrorist bomb is exploded in the main terminal of New York's LaGuardia Airport, killing 11 people.
 
 

December 30th

What Happened on December 30th :
1903 The Iroquois Theater Fire in Chicago, Illinois, claims 602 lives
1986 Canaries made redundant from British Coal Mines and replaced by modern carbon monoxide detectors.
2006 Saddam Hussein hanged in northern Baghdad for crimes against humanity.
 
 

December 30th

What Happened on December 31st :
1999 The world prepares to have a global party with fireworks and special events around the world to welcome in the third millennium.