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 UnionDecember 2
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 protectionDecember 3
1964 800 students arrested at the University of California at Berkeley
1967 Worlds First Heart Transplant South Africa
1984 Bhopal Chemical Accident In IndiaDecember 4
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 BeginsDecember 5
1933 Prohibition comes to an end
1945 Five U.S. Navy Avenger torpedo bombers comprising Flight 19 Lost In Bermuda TriangleDecember 6
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 MontrealDecember 7
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
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 LawDecember 9
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 successDecember 10
1948 Universal Declaration on Human Rights By United Nations
1958 First US Commercial Jet Flight
2008 Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Arrested
2006 Augusto Pinochet DiesDecember 11
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 AgreedDecember 12
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 diesDecember 13
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 JournalDecember 14
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 WarDecember 15
1939 Gone With The Wind Premiers
1944 Glenn Miller Killed In Plane Crash
1967 The Silver Bridge across the Ohio River collapses
We spent many hours researching cost of living information for each year and I created this page after being asked a number of times about why I did not include current prices alongside our cost of living information for each year and thought this was the easiest way to make the information available. Includes Average Cost of New Home, Average Wages, New Car cost, Gallon of Gas, and a 1 lb Hamburger Meat, 1920 to 2023.
From our 1955 ToysFarm Stake Tonka Truck
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 EnglandDecember 17
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 showDecember 18
1966 Dr. Seuss' book "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is made into an animated television special and shown for first time on CBSDecember 19
1997 The movie "Titanic" opened in American theaters.
2008 General Motors and Chrysler bailed outDecember 20
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 CityDecember 21
1913 First Cross Word Puzzle Published IN New York World.
1958 General Charles de Gaulle is elected President of FranceDecember 22
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 shoesDecember 23
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 1737December 24
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
From 1959 ToysBarbie Fashion Dolls
From 1920s Appliances Page
For the latest and best in washing machine design, this easy to move washing machine features the latest gyrator technology with no center post where clothes can be damaged, the attached wringer is made from the finest semi soft rubber.
I included this Frigidaire Electric as the final Electric Item from the Twenties as it was significant in many ways 1. It was made by General Motors not General Electric. 2. The cost was pretty high and I suspect out of most people's reach and 3. It was sold by a dedicated salesman who visited your home rather than through a shop etc.
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 DayDecember 26
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 27
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 PakistanDecember 28
1945 US Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance to the FlagDecember 29
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 30
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 31
1999 The world prepares to have a global party with fireworks and special events around the world to welcome in the third millennium.