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December 1: World AIDS Day

Juan Lavalle
Juan Lavalle

9th Dalai Lama (b. 1805) · Jeni Bojilova-Pateva (b. 1878) · J. B. S. Haldane (d. 1964)


December 2

Napoleon III
Napoleon III

William Shirley (b. 1694) · John Breckinridge (b. 1760) · Chaudhry Muhammad Ali (d. 1982)

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December 3

Freda Du Faur
Freda Du Faur

Gilbert Stuart (b. 1755) · Sheng Shicai (b. 1895) · Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll (d. 1939)

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December 4: Navy Day in India

Mary Celeste, 1861
Mary Celeste, 1861

John Leamy (d. 1839) · I. K. Gujral (b. 1919) · Hannah Arendt (d. 1975)

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December 5: Krampusnacht in parts of Central Europe

Pope Innocent VIII
Pope Innocent VIII

Ealhswith (d. 902) · Clyde Cessna (b. 1879) · Princess Alice of Battenberg (d. 1969)

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December 6: Saint Nicholas Day (Western Christianity); Independence Day in Finland (1917); L'Escalade begins in Geneva (2019)

Nefertiti Bust
Nefertiti Bust

Marie Adélaïde of Savoy (b. 1685) · William Arnott (b. 1827) · Satoru Iwata (b. 1959)

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December 7: Armed Forces Flag Day in India; National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in the United States

Akatsuki
Akatsuki

Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi (b. 903) · Charles Garnier (d. 1649) · Noam Chomsky (b. 1928)

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December 8: Rōhatsu in Japan

Second movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7

John Pym (d. 1643) · Father Mathew (d. 1856) · Yuliya Krevsun (b. 1980)

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December 9: Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Catholicism, 2019)

Child with smallpox, 1973
Child with smallpox, 1973

Gertrude of Brunswick (d. 1117) · Joe Kelley (b. 1871) · Denise Phua (b. 1959)


December 10: Human Rights Day; Nobel Banquet in Stockholm, Sweden

Calbraith Perry Rodgers
Calbraith Perry Rodgers

Nikephoros III Botaneiates (d. 1081) · Caroline Mehitable Fisher Sawyer (b. 1812) · Abdullah Yusuf Ali (d. 1953)


December 11

Workers clearing rubble in Cork following the fires
Workers clearing rubble in Cork following the fires

Al-Fath ibn Khaqan (d. 861) · George Mason (b. 1725) · Marco Pierre White (b. 1961)


December 12: Feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Catholicism); start of the Yule Lads' arrival in Iceland

HMS Duchess
HMS Duchess

Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood (b. 1724) · Gustave Flaubert (b. 1821) · Evelyn S. Lieberman (d. 2015)


December 13: Friday the 13th

Baker-Berry Library, Dartmouth College
Baker-Berry Library, Dartmouth College

Heinrich Heine (b. 1797) · Taylor Swift (b. 1989) · Jill Craigie (d. 1999)


December 14: Feast day of Saint John of the Cross (Catholicism, Anglicanism, Lutheranism); Martyred Intellectuals Day in Bangladesh (1971); Monkey Day

Roald Amundsen and his team at the South Pole
Roald Amundsen and his team at the South Pole

Al-Ashraf Khalil (d. 1293) · Lupe Vélez (d. 1944) · KaDee Strickland (b. 1975)


December 15: Zamenhof Day (Esperanto culture)

Gone with the Wind film poster
Gone with the Wind
film poster

Izaak Walton (d. 1683) · J. Paul Getty (b. 1892) · Surya Bonaly (b. 1973)


December 16: National Day in Bahrain (1961); Day of Reconciliation in South Africa

Nathaniel Fiennes (d. 1669) · Bertha Lamme Feicht (b. 1869) · H. D. Kumaraswamy (b. 1959)


December 17

Wright Flyer
Wright Flyer

Domenico Cimarosa (b. 1749) · Willard Libby (b. 1908) · Eva Ekvall (d. 2011)


December 18: Qatar National Day (1878)

Various world leaders at the Copenhagen Summit
Various world leaders at the Copenhagen Summit

Edith of Wessex (d. 1075) · Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (d. 1829) · Tara Conner (b. 1985)


December 19

Thomas Paine
Thomas Paine

Urban V (d. 1370) · Grace Marie Bareis (b. 1875) · Stella Gibbons (d. 1989)


December 20

MV Doña Paz in port, 1984
MV Doña Paz in port

Jean Jannon (d. 1658) · Kan'ichi Asakawa (b. 1873) · Dawn Steel (d. 1997)


December 21

Emma Goldman
Emma Goldman

Sun Sheng (d. 956) · Joseph Carruthers (b. 1857) · Henry Reuterdahl (d. 1925)


December 22: December solstice (04:19 UTC, 2019); Yule begins; Yaldā Night in Iran

Vitellius on a coin
Vitellius on a coin

Étienne Martellange (b. 1569) · Jean-Victor Poncelet (d. 1867) · Alan Bush (b. 1900)


December 23: First day of Hanukkah (Judaism, 2019); Night of the Radishes in Oaxaca City, Mexico; Festivus

Francis Tresham (d. 1605) · C. J. Walker (b. 1867) · Carla Bruni (b. 1967)


December 24

The advertisement that spurred the creation of NORAD Tracks Santa
The advertisement that spurred the creation of NORAD Tracks Santa

Gongsun Shu (d. 36) · Johnny Gruelle (b. 1880) · Maria Koepcke (d. 1971)


December 25: Christmas (Western Christianity; Gregorian calendar); Quaid-e-Azam Day in Pakistan

St Mel's Cathedral in 2015
St Mel's Cathedral in 2015

Sverker I of Sweden (d. 1156) · Lady Grizel Baillie (b. 1665) · Joan Miró (d. 1983)


December 26: Boxing Day in the Commonwealth; Kwanzaa begins (African diaspora in the Americas)

Babe Ruth
Babe Ruth

Masrur al-Balkhi (d. 893) · Bazoline Estelle Usher (b. 1885) · Raja Pervaiz Ashraf (b. 1950)


December 27

J. M. Barrie
J. M. Barrie

George Whitefield (b. 1714) · George Cayley (b. 1773) · Chyna (b. 1969)


December 28: Proclamation Day in South Australia (1836)

A pair of huia
A pair of huia

Wang Zongbi (d. 925) · Arthur Hunter Palmer (b. 1819) · Barbara Judge (b. 1946)


December 29

Sun Yat-sen
Sun Yat-sen

Christina Rossetti (d. 1894) · Adele Zay (d. 1928) · Ann Demeulemeester (b. 1959)


December 30: Rizal Day in the Philippines (1896)

A pro-government rally in Tehran
A pro-government rally in Tehran

André Messager (b. 1853) · Rosalinde Hurley (b. 1929) · C. Harold Wills (d. 1940)


December 31

Parliament Hill, Ottawa
Parliament Hill, Ottawa

Ahmad Maymandi (d. 1032) · Henri Matisse (b. 1869) · Henry Gerber (d. 1972)



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