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Important News Stories From Each Day In December This Day In History together with the year

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 :
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 :
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 :
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 :
1933 Prohibition comes to an end
1945 Five U.S. Navy Avenger torpedo bombers comprising Flight 19 Lost In Bermuda Triangle

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 :
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 :
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 :
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

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 :
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 :
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 :
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 :
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 :
1939 Gone With The Wind Premiers
1944 Glenn Miller Killed In Plane Crash
1967 The Silver Bridge across the Ohio River collapses

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 :
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 :
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 :
1997 The movie "Titanic" opened in American theaters.
2008 General Motors and Chrysler bailed out

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 :
1913 First Cross Word Puzzle Published IN New York World.
1958 General Charles de Gaulle is elected President of France

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 :
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 :
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 :
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 :
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 :
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 :
1945 US Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

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 :
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 31st :
1999 The world prepares to have a global party with fireworks and special events around the world to welcome in the third millennium.
These are only a few of the stories included this day in history pages for each day in December ,

Videos from This Day In History with a brief description together with this day in history date in November where the video can be found.
1st December : Ford Introduces Assembly Lines 1913
1st December : Rosa Parks 1955
1st December : The Beveridge report 1942
2nd December : Boeing 747 1969
3rd December : Bhopal Union Carbide Factory 1984
4th December : Mary Celeste 1872
4th December : Black Panther Party 1969
4th December : How to build the International Space Station 1998
5th December : Flight 19 Lost In Bermuda 1945
5th December : Robert Maxwell 1991
6th December : Balcombe Street Hostages 1975
6th December : Altamont Rolling Stones Concert 1969
7th December : Attack On Pearl Harbor 1941
7th December : Coronation Street 1960
8th December : Operation Restore Hope 1992
8th December : John Lennon Shot 1980
9th December : Studebaker 1963
9th December : Hubble Telescope 1993
10th December : History Of Aids 1981
10th December : Universal Declaration on Human Rights 1948
11th December : King Edward VIII Abdicates 1936
11th December : UNICEF Established 1946
11th December : Buncefield Oil Depot Explosion 2005
12th December : Free Willy
12th December : Mona Lisa
13th December : James Dean Pepsi Commercial 1950
13th December : Rape of Nanking 1937
14th December : Roald Amundsen Reaches The South Pole 1911
14th December : Mariner 2 Reaches Venus 1962
15th December : Glenn Miller 1940
15th December : Gone With The Wind 1939
16th December : Battle Of The Bulge 1944
16th December : Oil Crisis Jimmy Carter 1979
17th December : U.S. Air Force Project Blue Book 1969
18th December : How the Grinch Stole Christmas 1966
18th December : Chevy Nova 1971
19th December : Titanic 1997
20th December : Operation ( Just Cause ) Panama 1989
21st December : Pan Am Flight 103 1988
22nd December : Brandenburg Gate Ronald Reagan 1987

December This Day In History

In the early 1900's Small Pox Continues to be a problem with as many as 20% who die when they get the disease
December is also the month when Christmas is celebrated around the world and people over indulge, Together with October and November is the most important time of the year for retail sales.
In Ireland the ongoing problems with Northern Ireland continue for many years but a peace is agreed

In most wars over the last 100 years often Christmas becomes a period of truce
Russia tries to regain control of some of the states that had decided they wanted independence which they eventually gain when the Soviet Union Breaks up

One of the worst genocide in history occurs in Rwanda and all the rest of the world does is watch as 1 million men, women and children are murdered

Germany leaves the League of Nations which could well have been seen as a sign of what Hitler had in mind
One of the important milestones in Aviation History the first Jet Passenger Plane is grounded when metal fatigue is found to have caused multiple crashes in the Comet Aircraft
The Nuremburg Trials find many guilty of crimes against humanity that highlight MANS ability for terrible crimes against MAN