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1989 - Germany -- Brandenburg Gate Open
1989 : The Brandenburg Gate has been opened for the first time in almost three decades. The West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl walked through to be greeted by Hans Modrow, the East German Prime Minister, and thousands of German people flooded through from either side of the city.

1997 - England -- BSE Inqiry Started
An independent inquiry into the BSE "disaster" and the devastation it wreaked on British farming has been announced by the government. Included in the Inquiry will be report on the origins and the way in which authorities responded to it and the development of its human equivalent Creutzfeldt Jakob disease, CJD.
The results of the inquiry published in October 2000 included
Poor enforcement of the 1989 ban on specified bovine offal (brain, spinal cord and other tissue)
The government at the time played down the links between BSE-infected beef and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD)
The government at the time misled the public about the risks posed by so-called mad cow disease


1906 - Canada -- Japanese navy Visit
A visit from the Japanese navy was expected in Vancouver. Officials in Ottawa were informed that three vessels led by Rear Admiral Katouka would visit the following March.

1927 - Philippines -- Leper Colony
An institution for saving the children of the Culion leper colony was run by the public welfare commissioner in Manila. The children were watched for signs of leprosy and given schooling.
1932 - Spain -- Civil War
1932 : A war in Spain was causing deep divisions in U.S. politics and it was feared that the war would spark a massive European conflict.

1939 - Germany -- Train Crash
Two trains collide in Magdeburg, Germany, killing more than 100 people


1942 - Italy -- German Supplies
Although Italy was politically and economically unstable and somewhat of a liability for Germany as a war ally, the Germans supplied Italy with coal, iron, and fuel in return for tanks, planes, weapons, and food.

1952 - U.S.A. -- First Corvette
The first Corvette, a production-ready prototype, is completed, it is shipped to New York where it made its public debut at the GM Motorama show at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on January 17
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1956 - U.S.A. -- Baby Gorilla Born
A baby gorilla named Colo enters the world at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio, becoming the first-ever gorilla born in captivity

1959 - Denmark -- Members Of Communist Party Sent To Jail
1959 : In Denmark seven Danish citizens were convicted and sent to jail for being members of the Communist Party and spying for East Germany. Their sentences were from 18 months to 5 years.

1968 - Canada -- Voting Age
Canada and the U.S. were the only countries in the world where the voting ages differ according to which province or state you live in. Quebec and Saskatchewan allowed teenagers 18 years old to vote, whereas British Columbia allowed 19 year olds to vote.

1972 - Argentina -- Plane Crash Andes
December 22nd, 1972 : 14 survivors from a plane that crashed in the Argentine Andes over two months earlier, two of the survivors reached civilization yesterday after a 10 day trek to get help. The survivors had lived on chocolate bars, sweets and light food they found in luggage.

1977 - U.S.A. -- President Jimmy Carter
President Jimmy Carter had his first year as president. His White House staff was inexperienced, however Carter got strip-mine control legislation through Congress -- a matter which had stumped Republicans for years.

1984 - U.S.A. -- Subway Vigilante
Bernhard Goetz shoots four black youths on a Manhattan subway, claiming they were about to rob him. He is dubbed the "Subway Vigilante" by the New York press and becomes a symbol of New Yorkers' frustrations with a high crime rate.

1987 - Japan -- Minke Whales Killing
1987 : One hundred Minke whales were going to be killed in the Antarctic by Japan. Their Fisheries Department termed it "scientific whaling" but some felt it really was an excuse for commercial whaling.

1990 - Poland -- Lech Walesa
Lech Walesa took the oath of office as Poland's first popularly elected president.

1991 - Russia -- Soviet Union Ended
The Soviet Union was dead and 11 former republics announced that they represented a commonwealth, leaving President Mikhail Gorbachev an emperor without an empire. The commonwealth was ratified at Alma-Ata in Kazaka.

1994 - U.S.A. -- Christmas Nor'easter
The Christmas 1994 Nor'easter was a storm system that moved through Florida and the southern region of the United States. As a result, though, high winds and 10-20 foot waves collided with the upper East Coast of the country and eroded the shores of the area. New Jersey and New York also got floods with more than 5 inches of rain falling in some places.

2000 - Scotland -- Madonna
Madonna has married British movie director Guy Ritchie at an exclusive ceremony in the Scottish Highlands.

2001 - U.S.A. -- Shoe Bomber
Richard C. Reid, dubbed by the press as the shoe bomber, a passenger on an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami, tried to ignite explosives in his shoes, but was subdued by flight attendants and fellow passengers.
On January 30, 2003, he was found guilty on terrorism charges at a federal court in Boston, Massachusetts and is currently serving multiple life sentences.

2005 - Mexico -- Border Wall US
2005 : Mexico was demanding that Latin America join in the fight against American plans to erect a 700 mile wall on the border between Mexico and the U.S.

2007 - Afghanistan -- Nicolas Sarkozy visits Afghanistan
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has warned the international community not to let Afghanistan fall into the hands of extremists. He was speaking on a one-day visit to Kabul, where he met his counterpart, Hamid Karzai. He is due to see some of the 1,300 French troops based there, and has recently pledged France's support for the U.S. intervention.
2008 - United States -- New York Times admits that the letter from the Mayor of Paris was fake
The New York Times has said that the letter that was published in its earlier editions, and purported to be from the mayor of Paris was a fake. The letter had been attacking Caroline Kennedy's bid for a Senate seat. It had called Ms Kennedy's bid 'not very democratic' and 'appalling.' The New York Times said it had failed to check whether the letter, which had been sent by e-mail, was authentic. The letter asked 'what title has Ms Kennedy to pretend to Hillary Clinton’s seat? We French can only see a dynastic move of the vanishing Kennedy clan in the very country of the Bill of Rights. It is both surprising and appalling.' The paper had appended the error by the time of 22nd's later editions.
2009 - United States -- Howard Schmidt is appointed as the White House Cybersecurity Coordinator
President Obama has named Howard Schmidt as his cybersecurity adviser. Schmidt will be reporting to the deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan. His portfolio will be extensive as cybersecurity will be covering almost every facet of the government from national security to economic welfare. Schmidt was a former head of information security at eBay and Microsoft, and had served in the Bush administration, where he wrote guidelines for increased cybersecurity after the September 11th terrorist attacks.
2012 - Italy -- Italian Parliament Dissolved
22nd December, 2012 : The Italian parliament was dissolved a day after the Prime Minister, Mario Monti, resigned. New elections would be held February 24th and 25th.

2013 - Namibia -- Plane Crash Was Deliberate
It was revealed that all evidence in a Mozambican Airlines crash over Namibia in November pointed to the pilot purposefully crashing the plane. The plane had thirty-three people on board and all of them died. It is unknown as to why the pilot would have crashed on purpose.


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Maurice Gibb
Born: 22nd December 1949 Isle of Man
Died: January 12th 2003 Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Known For : Maurice Gibb best known as one of the founding members of the pop group the "Bee Gees" with his brothers Robin and Barry. The Bee Gees sold over 200 million records and were one of the most popular groups from the mid 60's to late 70's. The Gib Family emmigrated to Australia in the late 50's and it was in Australia that the Bee Gees first gained popularity before returning to the UK and signing with Polydor Records and joining up with Vince Melouney on lead guitar and Colin Petersen on Drums and releasing thier first single "Spicks and Specks" which made the top 20 in the UK and U.S, followed by 'To Love Somebody'.