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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: National Day in Qatar (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

Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens

Adelaide of Susa (d. 1091) · Mary Livermore (b. 1820) · Kristina Keneally (b. 1968)


December 20

Cardiff City Hall
Cardiff City Hall

Ambroise Paré (d. 1590) · Bill "Tiger" O'Reilly (b. 1905) · Beth Doe (d. 1976)


December 21

The crew of Apollo 8
The crew of Apollo 8

Maud Gonne (b. 1866) · Iris Cummings (b. 1920) · Louis Washkansky (d. 1967)


December 22: December solstice (04:19 UTC, 2019); Yule (Modern Paganism and Wicca); Yaldā Night in Iran

Chico Mendes in 1988
Chico Mendes

Étienne Martellange (b. 1569) · William Hyde Wollaston (d. 1828) · Rose Talbot Bullard (d. 1915)


December 23: First day of Hanukkah (Judaism, 2019); Night of the Radishes in Oaxaca City, Mexico; The Emperor's Birthday in Japan; Festivus

Coelacanth (preserved specimen)
Coelacanth (preserved specimen)

Carl Gustaf Wrangel (b. 1613) · Augustus Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol (d. 1779) · Quentin Bryce (b. 1942)


December 24

Du Fu
Du Fu

Yang Bin (d. 950) · Leonaert Bramer (b. 1596) · Pernilla Wahlgren (b. 1967)


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

St Mel's Cathedral
St Mel's Cathedral

Zhang Jingda (d. 936) · Otto Frederick Hunziker (b. 1873) · Atal Bihari Vajpayee (b. 1924)


December 26: Boxing Day in Commonwealth countries; Kwanzaa begins in Canada and the United States

Pierre and Marie Curie
Pierre and Marie Curie

Reginald Fitz Jocelin (d. 1191) · Friedrich Melchior, Baron von Grimm (b. 1723) · Ram Swarup (d. 1998)


December 27

Radio City Music Hall
Radio City Music Hall

Bertha of Savoy (d. 1087) · Agda Meyerson (d. 1924) · Chyna (b. 1969)


December 28: Proclamation Day in South Australia (1836)

Westminster Abbey, west facade
Westminster Abbey

William Carstares (d. 1715) · Carl-Gustaf Rossby (b. 1898) · Ratan Tata (b. 1937)


December 29

Sun Yat-sen
Sun Yat-sen

Maria Margaretha Kirch (d. 1720) · Christina Rossetti (d. 1894) · Ashleigh Banfield (b. 1967)


December 30: Rizal Day in the Philippines (1896)

Map of 1853 Gadsden Purchase territory
Map of 1853 Gadsden Purchase territory

Giovanni Baglione (d. 1643) · Osman Hamdi Bey (b. 1842) · Rosalinde Hurley (b. 1929)


December 31

Painting of helicopter rescue efforts at the Dupont Plaza Hotel fire
Painting of helicopter rescue efforts at the Dupont Plaza Hotel fire

Richard Montgomery (d. 1775) · Henri Matisse (b. 1869) · Junot Díaz (b. 1968)



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