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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)

Vanguard rocket explosion
Vanguard rocket explosion

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

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

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

Tycho Brahe (b. 1546) · Albert, Prince Consort (d. 1861) · 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

Emperor Hailingwang of Jin
Emperor Hailingwang of Jin

Nero (b. 37) · Sarah Trimmer (d. 1810)

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December 16: National Day in Bahrain; Victory Day in Bangladesh and India (1971); Day of Reconciliation in South Africa

New World Symphony, 1st movement

Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher (b. 1742) · Jane Austen (b. 1775)

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December 17: National Day in Bhutan (1907)

Fire in the Winter Palace
Fire in the Winter Palace

Prince Rupert of the Rhine (b. 1619) · Simón Bolívar (d. 1830)  · William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin (d. 1907) · Agnes Mary Mansour (d. 2004)

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December 18: Republic Day in Niger (1958); National Day in Qatar (1878)

Epimetheus
Epimetheus

Joseph Stalin (b. 1878) · Ty Cobb (b. 1886) · Steve Biko (b. 1946)

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December 19: Liberation Day in Goa (1961)

Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens

J. M. W. Turner (d. 1851) · Ann Bishop (b. 1899) · Dwight Macdonald (d. 1982)  · Stella Gibbons (d. 1989)

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December 20: Yaldā Night in Iran (2017)

Cardiff City Hall
Cardiff City Hall

Robert Menzies (b. 1894) · Elizabeth Kekaaniau (d. 1928) · Jon Burge (b. 1947) · Beatrice Beeby (d. 1991) ·

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

Emma Goldman
Emma Goldman

Giovanni Boccaccio (d. 1375) · Benjamin Disraeli (b. 1804) · Iris Cummings (b. 1920)

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December 22

President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan
President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan

Peggy Ashcroft (b. 1907) · Samuel Beckett (d. 1989) ·

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

Coelacanth (preserved specimen)
Coelacanth (preserved specimen)

Jean-François Champollion (b. 1790) ·

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December 24: Christmas Eve (Gregorian calendar)

Earthrise as seen by the crew of Apollo 8
Earthrise as seen by the crew of Apollo 8

Vasco da Gama (d. 1524) · Adam Mickiewicz (b. 1798) · Cosima Wagner (b. 1837)  · George I of Greece (b. 1845)

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

St Mel's Cathedral
St Mel's Cathedral

Leo V the Armenian (d. 820) · Nina E. Allender (b. 1873)

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December 26: Boxing Day in Commonwealth countries; St. Stephen's Day (Western Christianity); Kwanzaa begins in Canada and the United States

Flannan Isles Lighthouse
Flannan Isles Lighthouse

Elizabeth David (b. 1913) ·

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December 27

Cave of Swallows
Cave of Swallows

Johannes Kepler (b. 1571) · Lily Cole (b. 1987) · Carrie Fisher (d. 2016)

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December 28: Day of the Holy Innocents (Western Christianity)

A pair of huia
A pair of huia

Thomas Babington Macaulay (d. 1859) · Maurice Ravel (d. 1937)

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December 29: Tenth of Tevet (Judaism, 2017); Independence Day in Mongolia (1911)

Sun Yat-sen
Sun Yat-sen

William Ewart Gladstone (b. 1809) · Twinkle Khanna (b. 1974)

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December 30: Rizal Day in the Philippines (1896)

Castillo de San Marcos
Castillo de San Marcos

Titus (b. 39) · Richard of York, 3rd Duke of York (d. 1460) · Rudyard Kipling (b. 1865)

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December 31: Hogmanay in Scotland

Arthur Guinness
Arthur Guinness

Robert Boyle (d. 1691) ·

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