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December 1: World AIDS Day; Great Union Day in Romania ( 1918)

The Pit
The Pit

Henry I of England (d. 1135) ·

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December 2:

Emperor Franz Joseph
Emperor Franz Joseph

Philip Larkin (d. 1985)

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December 3: International Day of People with Disability

Bob Marley
Bob Marley

Octavia Hill (b. 1838) · Robert Louis Stevenson (d. 1894) · Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll (d. 1939)

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December 4

Mary Celeste
Mary Celeste

Cardinal Richelieu (d. 1642) · Thomas Carlyle (b. 1795) · Pearl Corkhill (d. 1985)

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December 5: St Nicholas's Eve in various European countries; Krampusnacht in Austria; National Day in Thailand (1927)

H. H. Asquith
H. H. Asquith

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (d. 1791) · Alexandre Dumas (d. 1870) · Louise Bryant (b. 1885)

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December 6: Independence Day in Finland ( 1917)

Bust of Béla I of Hungary
Bust of Béla I of Hungary

Henry VI of England (b. 1421) · Baldassare Castiglione (b. 1478)

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

Jesse James
Jesse James

Gian Lorenzo Bernini (b. 1598) · Martha Layne Collins (b. 1936) · Robert Graves (d. 1985) · Félix Houphouët-Boigny (d. 1993)

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December 8: Rōhatsu in Japan

Model of the IKAROS spacecraft
Model of the IKAROS spacecraft

George Boole (d. 1864) · Herbert Spencer (d. 1903) · John Banville (b. 1945)

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December 9

The surrender of Jerusalem
The surrender of Jerusalem

John Milton (b. 1608) · Sir Patrick Moore (d. 2012)

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December 10: Human Rights Day

Edmond Halley
Edmond Halley

Michael IV the Paphlagonian (d. 1041) · Emily Dickinson (b. 1830) · Olivier Messiaen (b. 1908)

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December 11: Mawlid begins at sunset ( Sunni Islam, 2016); Republic Day in Burkina Faso ( 1958)

Monument to the workers of the Shuliavka Republic
Monument to the workers of the Shuliavka Republic

Michael VIII Palaiologos (d. 1282) · Colley Cibber (d. 1757) · Hector Berlioz (b. 1803)

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December 12: Yule Lads begin arrival in Iceland

Scene of the Clapham Junction rail crash
Scene of the Clapham Junction rail crash

Henrietta Swan Leavitt (d. 1921) ·

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December 13: Saint Lucy's Day in Italy and Scandinavia

Haile Selassie
Haile Selassie

Samuel Johnson (d. 1784) ·

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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: Mawlid begins at sunset ( Shia Islam, 2016); 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)

Siege of Godesberg
Siege of Godesberg

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
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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 (2016)

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 (10:44 UTC, 2016), Yule

Emma Goldman
Emma Goldman

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

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December 22

President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan
President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan

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); Hanukkah begins at sunset (Judaism, 2016)

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)

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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) ·

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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: 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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