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December 1: World AIDS Day; Mawlid (Sunni Islam, 2017)

Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks

Saint Eligius (d. 660) · Marie Tussaud (b. 1761) · Masao Horiba (b. 1924)

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December 2

Napoleon I of France
Napoleon I of France

William Burges (b. 1827) • Allen Wright (d. 1885) • Britney Spears (b. 1981)

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December 3

Christiaan Barnard
Christiaan Barnard

Daniel Seghers (b. 1590) · Octavia Hill (b. 1838) · Mary Baker Eddy (d. 1910)

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December 4

Jeremiah Horrocks observing the transit of Venus
Jeremiah Horrocks observing the transit of Venus

John Cotton (b. 1585) · I. K. Gujral (b. 1919) · Pearl Corkhill (d. 1985)

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December 5: Krampusnacht in Austria

Damage from the Brooklyn Theatre fire
Damage from the Brooklyn Theatre fire

Joan, Countess of Flanders (d. 1244) · Louise Bryant (b. 1885) · Amrita Sher-Gil (d. 1941)

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December 6: Mawlid (Shia Islam, 2017); Independence Day in Finland (1917)

Jan van Scorel (d. 1562) · William Arnott (b. 1827) · Mary Margaret O'Reilly (d. 1949)

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

HMS Spiteful
HMS Spiteful

Charles Saunders (d. 1775) · Willa Cather (b. 1873) · Martha Layne Collins (b. 1936)

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December 8: Rōhatsu in Japan

Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A major, Allegretto movement

Adolph Menzel (b. 1815) · George Boole (d. 1864) · John Banville (b. 1945)

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December 9

The surrender of Jerusalem
The surrender of Jerusalem

Al-Biruni (d. 1048) · Fritz Haber (b. 1868) · Joan Armatrading (b. 1950)

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December 10: Human Rights Day, Nobel Banquet

Selma Lagerlöf
Selma Lagerlöf

Michael IV the Paphlagonian (d. 1041) · Olivier Messiaen (b. 1908) · Diane Schuur (b. 1953)

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December 11

The Old Well at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Old Well at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Colley Cibber (d. 1757) · Hector Berlioz (b. 1803) · Max Born (b. 1882)

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December 12: Yule Lads begin arrival in Iceland

Jomo Kenyatta
Jomo Kenyatta

Edvard Munch (b. 1863) · Henrietta Swan Leavitt (d. 1921) · Yasujirō Ozu (b. 1903; d. 1963)

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December 13: First day of Hanukkah (Judaism, 2017)

William Waller
William Waller

Samuel Johnson (d. 1784) · Emily Carr (b. 1871) · Taylor Swift (b. 1989)

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December 14: Martyred Intellectuals Day in Bangladesh (1971); Monkey Day

Japanese battleship Haruna
Japanese battlecruiser Haruna, 1915

Al-Ashraf Khalil (d. 1293) · Princess Alice of the United Kingdom (d. 1878) · Helle Thorning-Schmidt (b. 1966)

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December 15: Kingdom Day in Aruba, Curaçao, the Netherlands, and Sint Maarten (1954); Zamenhof Day in Esperanto culture

1906 GNP&BR poster
1906 GNP&BR poster

David Teniers the Younger (b. 1610) · Sarah Trimmer (d. 1810) · Frankie Dettori (b. 1970)

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

Boston Tea Party
Boston Tea Party

Elizabeth Carter (b. 1717) · Noël Coward (b. 1899) · Deyda Hydara (d. 2004)

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December 17

Fire in the Winter Palace
Fire in the Winter Palace

Rumi (d. 1273)  · Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (d. 1917) · Agnes Mary Mansour (d. 2004)

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December 18: National Day in Qatar (1878)

Epimetheus
Epimetheus

James Watney (b. 1800) · Ty Cobb (b. 1886) · Alexei Kosygin (d. 1980)

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December 19

Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens

Vitus Bering (d. 1741) · Ann Bishop (b. 1899) · Stella Gibbons (d. 1989)

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December 20

MV Doña Paz in port
MV Doña Paz in port

Richard Boyle, 2nd Viscount Shannon (d. 1740) · Elizabeth Kekaaniau (d. 1928) · Beatrice Beeby (d. 1991)

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December 21: December solstice (16:28 UTC, 2017); Yule

Antonov An-225 carrying the Buran shuttle
Antonov An-225 carrying the Buran shuttle

Hugh, Margrave of Tuscany (d. 1001) · Thomas Wriothesley, 1st Earl of Southampton (b. 1505) · Jane Fonda (b. 1937)

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December 22

Entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel in New Jersey
Entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel in New Jersey

John Newbery (d. 1767) · Frank B. Kellogg (b. 1856) · Peggy Ashcroft (b. 1907)

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December 23: Night of the Radishes in Oaxaca City, Mexico; The Emperor's Birthday in Japan; Festivus

Flooding in Toowoomba
Flooding in Toowoomba

Pamheiba (b. 1690) · Jean-François Champollion (b. 1790) · P. V. Narasimha Rao (d. 2004)

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December 24

British and German troops during the Christmas truce
British and German troops during the Christmas truce

Adam Mickiewicz (b. 1798) · Cosima Wagner (b. 1837)  · Jeff Sessions (b. 1946)

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

Baldwin I of Jerusalem
Baldwin I of Jerusalem

Makan ibn Kaki (d. 940) · Nina E. Allender (b. 1873) · Sadiq al-Mahdi (b. 1935)

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

Flannan Isles Lighthouse
Flannan Isles Lighthouse

Rose Lok (b. 1526) · Seth Warner (b. 1784) · Elizabeth David (b. 1913)

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December 27

Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin

Bertha of Savoy (d. 1087) · Hayley Williams (b. 1988) · Carrie Fisher (d. 2016)

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December 28: Tenth of Tevet (Judaism, 2017); Proclamation Day in South Australia (1836)

Neptune
Neptune

Arthur Hunter Palmer (b. 1819) · Thomas Babington Macaulay (d. 1859) · Maurice Ravel (d. 1937)

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December 29

Sun Yat-sen
Sun Yat-sen

Stephen Bocskai (d. 1606) · Womesh Chunder Bonnerjee (b. 1844) · Twinkle Khanna (b. 1974)

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December 30: Rizal Day in the Philippines (1896)

Richard, Duke of York
Richard, Duke of York

Rudyard Kipling (b. 1865) · Josephine Butler (d. 1906) · Fatima Jibrell (b. 1947)

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December 31

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

Carlo Gimach (d. 1730) · Mary Logan Reddick (b. 1914) · Diane von Fürstenberg (b. 1946)

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