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decpicDecember was originally the tenth month of the year in the Roman calendar until a monthless winter period was divided between January and February. It gets its name from the Latin word "decem" which means ten. However, when the Romans added January and February to the calendar, it became the twelfth month. The name remained the same.


In 1942, The Beveridge Report Beveridge Report on Social Security, which formed the basis of the welfare state in Britain, was issued.


St Pauls Cathedral London, was opened after being rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren in 1697, following the 'Great Fire of London'.


A chemical leakage at a pesticide factory in Bhopal, India in 1984 caused the deaths of over 3,800 people and blinded maimed many thousands more. Where's their compensation then Union Carbite?


In 1791; Britain's oldest Sunday paper, the Observer, was first published.


Walt Disney, US filmmaker and animator was born on this day in 1901.


Austria became the first nation to introduce a State education system today in 1774.


William Bligh, navigator extraordinaire, captain of the Bounty died today in 1817


John Lennon, British rock singer and songwriter shot by an American right wing nutter today in 1980.


In 1917, the British captured Jerusalem from the Turks, during World War I. More details @ A Chronology Of Palestinian History


In 1768, The Royal Academy of Arts was founded in London by George III, with Joshua Reynolds as its first president.


In 1997, delegates at the Kyoto Protocol Convention, conference on global warming agreed to cut emission of greenhouse gases by 5.2% from 1990 levels during the years 2008 and 2012. Except America of course.


Joseph Heller, US author best known for Catch-22, a hilarious and moving novel set in Italy during the Second World War. The phrase catch-22' has entered American English, used to describe an absurd and no-win situation. Heller died in 1999.


It was in 1577, that Sir Francis Drake began his journey from Plymouth in the Golden Hind that was to take him around the world.


A Norwegian expedition led by Roald Amundsen Linkpage became the first to reach the South Pole in 1911: 35 days ahead of Captain Scott.


In 1791; 'The Bill of Rights' ten amendments became part of the US Constitution.


On this day in 1956 I was born, and you don't need a link here.


In 1843, Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol was published. Link to the full manuscript.


The USA officially abolished slavery with the ratification of 13th Amendment in 1865.


In 1848: Emily Jane Bronte one of the most famous of the Bronte sisters died.


The Anzacs, Australian and New Zealand forces with British troops were evacuated from Gallipolli, after their expedition against the Turks went seriously wrong in 1915.


In 1620; The Pilgrim Fathers, aboard the Mayflower, landed at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts.


Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was overthrown in a bloody revolutionary coup today in 1989.


1922 and the British Broadcasting Corporation began daily news broadcasts, as found in British Broadcast History


William Burke & William Hare, who dug up the dead and murdered to sell corpses for dissection, went on trial in Edinburgh in 1828.


In 1914, During World War I, When peace broke out, British and German troops observed an unofficial truce, even playing football together on the Western Front's 'no man's land'.


Fidel, (Ruz) Castro, attempted a secret landing in Cuba to overthrow the Batista regime; all but 11 of his supporters were killed in 1956.


It was 1904, when James Barrie's play Peter Pan premiered in London.


Died today in 1734; Rob Roy MacGregor, Scottish clan chief, and a thorn in the side of the English and Scottish government.


Thomas  Becket the 40th archbishop of Canterbury, was murdered in his own cathedral by four knights in 1170. They were acting upon the then King of England; Henry II's orders.


In 1988, Colonel Oliver North subpoenaed President Reagan and Vice-President Bush to testify at the Irangate hearings.


Today in 1937, was the birth year of Sir Anthony Hopkins the oscar winning Welsh actor.

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