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December 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.

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

2nd

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

3rd

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?

4th

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

5th

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

6th

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

7th

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

8th

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

9th

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

10th

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

11th

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.

12th

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.

13th

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.

14th

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

15th

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

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

17th

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

18th

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

19th

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

20th

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.

21st

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

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

23rd

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

24th

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

26th

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'.

26th

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

27th

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

28th

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

29th

Thomas à 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 order s.

 

30th

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

31st

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

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