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December 2019

1 Year (2018)
Dec 02: Deaths - Paul Sherwen (7 June 1956 – 2 December 2018) was an English professional racing cyclist and later a broadcaster on cycling, notably the Tour de France. He raced in seven editions of the Tour, finishing five, and gained a reputation for his ability to suffer over long mountain stages.
Dec 02: Deaths - Paul Sherwen (7 June 1956 – 2 December 2018) was an English professional racing cyclist and later a broadcaster on cycling, notably the Tour de France. He raced in seven editions of the Tour, finishing five, and gained a reputation for his ability to suffer over long mountain stages.
Dec 03: Global - The naturalist Sir David Attenborough has said climate change is humanity's greatest threat in thousands of years.
Dec 03: Iraq - Inside Iraq's secret shelters for domestic violence survivors In Iraq, where nearly half of married women have been exposed to at least one form of spousal violence, according to the UN, Yanar Mohammed has been sheltering survivors of 'honour' killing and sex trafficking for 15 years.
Dec 03: Israel - A collection of gold coins believed to have been hidden 900 years ago has been discovered by archaeologists in the ancient Israeli port city of Caesarea.
Dec 03: Around the world, children are far more likely than ever before to develop food allergies.
Dec 03: Space - Gravitational waves have been picked up from the biggest black hole merger yet detected.
Dec 03: Canada - A massive unexplored cave of "national significance" has been discovered in the Canadian wilderness.
Dec 03: NASA reports the arrival of the OSIRIS-REx probe at Bennu, the agency's first sample-return mission to an asteroid.
Dec 04: UK - The government will publish its full legal advice on Theresa May's Brexit deal after MPs found it in contempt of Parliament for not doing so.
Dec 04: Western military alliance Nato has formally accused Russia of breaching the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which banned land-based nuclear missiles in Europe.
Dec 04: A handwritten letter by Albert Einstein in which he grapples with the concept of religion is being auctioned in New York on Tuesday.
Dec 04: Norway - Rare white reindeer calf spotted on camera in Norway
Dec 04: Niger - For almost 50 years, the highly threatened West African giraffe has been absent from Niger's Gadabedji Biosphere Reserve. An ambitious conservation initiative has now re-introduced eight giraffes into the reserve, in the first conservation effort of its kind for the West African subspecies.
Dec 05: Theresa May's Brexit backstop plan risks a "stalemate" and "protracted rounds of negotiations" with the EU, the full legal advice on her deal says.
Dec 05: Russia will develop missiles banned under a Cold War agreement if the US exits the pact, President Vladimir Putin has warned.
Dec 05: Brazil - First baby born after deceased womb transplant done in 2016.
Dec 05: Scientists in Cambridge have completed the world's largest gene sequencing project in healthcare - which brings hope of better understanding of diseases and faster diagnosis.
Dec 05: Deaths - Thomas Billington (5 December 1958 – 5 December 2018), best known by the ring name the Dynamite Kid, was a British professional wrestler.
Dec 06: China is demanding the release of telecoms giant Huawei's chief financial officer, who has been detained in Canada.
Dec 06: A big search and rescue operation is continuing in Japan for five missing US Marines after two aircraft with seven crew collided and crashed into the sea.
Dec 06: Dystopia has begun - India - While many parts of India are going through a sustained water crisis, the western city of Pune is trying to deal with the problem by serving only half glasses of water to guests in restaurants.
Dec 07: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has given an emotional farewell speech to her ruling Christian Democrats (CDU), as she steps down as party leader.
Dec 07: Flooding and snow as Storm Diego hits California
Dec 07: Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has been the focus of international scrutiny, with several countries raising security concerns about its products.
Dec 07: President Donald Trump has nominated William Barr to be the new attorney general, a post he held in the 1990s.
Dec 07: Anti-government protests in France have "created a monster", France's Interior Minister Christophe Castaner has said.
Dec 07: Japan - Chieko Asakawa (received Japan's Medal of Honour) blind at the age of 14 has for the past three decades worked to create technology - now with a big focus on artificial intelligence (AI) - to transform life for the visually impaired.
Dec 07: The U.N.'s International Telecommunication Union reports that, by the end of 2018, more than half – a full 51.2 percent – of the world's population are now using the Internet.
Dec 08: December 1–8 – France experiences its worst civil unrest since the protests of 1968 due to the yellow vests movement. Protests in Paris morph into riots, with hundreds of people injured and thousands arrested; over 100 cars are burned, the Arc de Triomphe is vandalized and numerous other tourist sites are closed, both in the capital and elsewhere in the country.
Dec 09: Deaths - Riccardo Giacconi (October 6, 1931 – December 9, 2018) was an Italian-American Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist who laid down the foundations of X-ray astronomy. He was a professor at the Johns Hopkins University.
Dec 10: Europe - Anti-Semitism is getting worse and Jews are increasingly worried about the risk of harassment, according to a major survey of 12 EU countries.
Dec 10: A Siberian policeman described as Russia's most prolific mass murderer in modern times has been given a second life sentence.
Dec 10: US - A heavy snowstorm has swept through US south-eastern states, killing at least one person and leaving hundreds of thousands without power.
Dec 10: Tokyo's underground Cathedral - An intricate system of dams, levees and tunnels defends the Japan’s capital to accommodate flood waters on the 'rise'.
Dec 10: Australia, Kangaroo Sanctuary, Alice Springs - Roger, a kangaroo who won global fame for his enormous size and impressive physique, has died at the age of 12.
Dec 10: A Bristol-based robotics company, Open Bionics, has developed the world's first medically-certified 3D-printed artificial arm for amputees.
Dec 10: South Africa - BLF leader, Andile Mngxitama in hot water over 'kill whites' comments in a speech over the weekend in Potchefstroom. The DA says it has reported Black First Land First (BLF) to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and taken him to the Equality Court for reportedly urging an audience to kill five white people for every one black person that dies because of taxi violence.
Dec 11: Brexit: Theresa May meeting EU leaders in bid to rescue deal
Dec 11: A former Canadian diplomat, Michael Kovrig, has reportedly been detained in China and his current employer says it is working for his "prompt and safe release".
Dec 11: Mozambique's government has discovered more than 30,000 ghost workers on the civil service payroll.
Dec 11: Nasa says it has detected the first signs of significant melting in a swathe of glaciers in East Antarctica.
Dec 12: The Strasbourg gunman yelled "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest" in Arabic) as he opened fire on people enjoying an evening out at a Christmas market, killing 3 people.
Dec 12: Theresa May to face vote of no confidence from Tory MPs
Dec 12: The ongoing UN-sponsored peace talks are seen as a key moment in the search for an end to the war in Yemen.
Dec 12: The blind Indian cyclist conquering the Himalayas - Divyanshu Ganatra, who lives in the western Indian city of Pune, lost his eyesight at 19 due to a disease called glaucoma.
Dec 12: A Syrian refugee, Sarah Mardini, hailed as a hero after saving 18 people from drowning on the hazardous journey from Turkey to the Greek islands, is on bail after being accused of people smuggling, being part of a criminal organisation and spying.
Dec 12: New York - Hotel room cleaners have long battled sexual harassment by guests. Now a group of them in New York City who belong to a union are hitting back.
Dec 13: Turkey - A crash involving a high-speed train at a station in the Turkish capital Ankara has killed at least nine people and injured 47, Turkey's transport minister has said.
Dec 13: Hungary - Protests have broken out in Hungary after the country's parliament passed new labour laws, which have been labelled "slave labour" by opponents.
Dec 13: Nasa's Juno mission to the gas giant Jupiter has reached its halfway mark and has revealed new views of cyclones at the poles.
Dec 15: World - Climate Change - At the Katowice Climate Change Conference, nearly 200 nations agree rules on implementing the 2015 Paris agreement.
Dec 17: Concrete is the most widely used man-made material in existence. It is second only to water as the most-consumed resource on the planet. It also has a massive carbon footprint.
Dec 17: US 2016 elections - Russia allegedly used every major social media platform to influence the 2016 US election, a report claims.
Dec 18: Yemen - Fighting between Yemeni pro-government forces and Houthi rebels in the city of Hudaydah has reportedly subsided, after a ceasefire came into effect overnight.
Dec 18: Hungary - Protests against Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz government are now into their seventh day, provoked principally by a new overtime law, pushed through parliament amid chaotic scenes by the Fidesz majority on 12 December.
Dec 18: Syria - For the last two years Nato planes (Awacs) have surveyed the skies over worn-torn Syria, seen as a crucial part of the fight against the group calling itself Islamic State.
Dec 18: Manchester United have sacked manager Jose Mourinho after identifying a catalogue of his failings at the club.
Dec 18: Google has reportedly "effectively ended" plans for a censored search engine in China.
Dec 19: The US is preparing to withdraw all its troops from Syria, after declaring victory over the Islamic State group.
Dec 19: South African prosecutors have issued an arrest warrant for Zimbabwe's ex-first lady, Grace Mugabe, for allegedly assaulting a model in 2017, police say.
Dec 19: Facebook has been caught on the back foot again over its data privacy practices, following an investigation by the New York Times.
Dec 19: The European Commission says it has started to implement its preparations for a no-deal Brexit - in case the UK crashes out of the EU without a plan.
Dec 19: Italy budget deal struck with Europe after months-long row.
Dec 19: A court in Egypt has ordered the release of the women's rights activist Amal Fathy, who was detained after criticising the authorities for failing to tackle sexual harassment.
Dec 19: Canada has confirmed a third Canadian citizen has been detained in China.
Dec 20: Gatwick Airport UK - Tens of thousands of passengers have been disrupted by drones flying over one of the UK's busiest airports.
Dec 20: The US justice department has announced criminal charges against two hackers said to be connected to China's main intelligence service.
Dec 20: Supporters of US President Donald Trump have turned on him after he was denied a possible last chance to secure funding for his planned border wall.
Dec 20: Morocco - The "bestial" murder of two young women in Morocco is being investigated as a terrorism attack, Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said.
Dec 20: Russia's President Vladimir Putin has accused the UK and US political classes of "disrespecting" the public by questioning the Brexit referendum and Donald Trump's election.
Dec 20: Austria - Every Christmas Eve, hundreds of people gather at the Silent Night Chapel in Obendorf, Austria, to sing Silent Night (Credit: TVB Oberndorf, Stille Nacht Kapelle)
Dec 21: Space - The Korolev crater, near the north pole of Mars, as captured by the European Space Agency (ESA)'s Mars Express mission, is 82km (50 miles) across, and filled with ice 1.8km thick.
Dec 21: US - President Donald Trump has threatened a "very long" government shutdown if Democrats do not fund his long-promised border wall.
Dec 21: There has been a sharp increase in violence in Indian-administered Kashmir: This year has been the deadliest in the disputed region in a decade.
Dec 21: Australia lashed by 'catastrophic' hail storm.
Dec 21: England's top doctor has accused the food industry of "failing the public" and is calling for taxes on unhealthy food high in sugar and salt.
Dec 21: Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, discovered and named more than 100 new plants in 2018.
Dec 21: The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 22,445 after its worst week since 2008.
Dec 22: The world's only recorded albino orangutan has been released into the wild in Borneo after many months of rehabilitation.
Dec 22: Indonesia - A tsunami hits the Sunda Strait, Indonesia, killing 281 people and injuring 1,016.
Dec 22: Deaths - Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (15 August 1931 – 22 December 2018), formerly also called The Red Prince, was a senior member of the Saudi royal family. He was notable for his liberal stance, striving for a national Constitution, the full rule of law and equality before the law. He was also the leader of Free Princes Movement.
Dec 23: China - Residents of China's north-eastern Heilongjiang province gathered to mark the winter solstice by spraying hot water into the freezing air to create swathes of ice fog.
Dec 23: Deaths - Elias Menachem Stein (January 13, 1931 – December 23, 2018) was an American mathematician, and a leading figure in the field of harmonic analysis. He was professor of Mathematics at Princeton University from 1963 until his death in 2018.
Dec 24: Indonesia tsunami: Fears of new wave as Anak Krakatau volcano seethes.
Dec 24: Alaska - The centuries-old tradition of husky racing is alive and well in the US state of Alaska. But a changing climate means the competition season for these canine athletes is shrinking, writes Tom Martienssen.
Dec 24: Australia - Drone "hot spots" in Australia are getting sensors to automatically identify the aircraft and their pilots.
Dec 24: SpaceX has launched a rocket carrying a military navigation satellite for the first time.
Dec 24: Austria - The Christmas carol Silent Night is celebrating its 200th birthday. It was first performed in Austria, in the village of Oberndorf near Salzburg, on Christmas Eve 1818.
Dec 26: Deaths - Nancy Grace Roman (May 16, 1925 – December 26, 2018) was an American astronomer and one of the first female executives at NASA. She is known to many as the "Mother of Hubble" for her role in planning the Hubble Space Telescope. Throughout her career, Roman was also an active public speaker and educator, and an advocate for women in the sciences.
Dec 26: Deaths - Wendy Beckett (25 February 1930 – 26 December 2018), better known as Sister Wendy, was a British religious sister, hermit, consecrated virgin and art historian who became well known internationally during the 1990s when she presented a series of BBCtelevision documentaries on the history of art.
Dec 26: Deaths - Roy Jay Glauber (September 1, 1925 – December 26, 2018) was an American theoretical physicist. He was the MallinckrodtProfessor of Physics at Harvard University and Adjunct Professor of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona. Born in New York City, he was awarded one half of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his contribution to the quantum theory of optical coherence", with the other half shared by John L. Hall and Theodor W. Hänsch.
Dec 26: Deaths - Lawrence Gilman Roberts (December 21, 1937 – December 26, 2018) was an American scientist who received the Draper Prize in 2001 "for the development of the Internet", and the Principe de Asturias Award in 2002.
Dec 30: Morocco tourist murders: Swiss-Spanish national arrested
Dec 31: Nobel Prize for Chemistry - Frances Hamilton Arnold (born July 25, 1956) is an American chemical engineer and Nobel Laureate for pioneering the use of directed evolution to engineer enzymes. George Pearson Smith (born March 10, 1941) is an American biologist and Nobel laureate. Sir Gregory Paul Winter CBE FRS FMedSci (born 14 April 1951) is a British biochemist best known for his work on the therapeutic use of monoclonal antibodies.
Dec 31: Nobel Prize Economics - William Dawbney Nordhaus (born May 31, 1941) is best known for his work in economic modelling and climate change, received the prize "for integrating climate change into long-run macroeconomic analysis". Paul Michael Romer (born November 6, 1955) received the prize "for integrating technological innovations into long-run macroeconomic analysis".
Dec 31: Nobel Prize - Peace: Denis Mukwege born 1 March 1955) is a Congolese gynecologist and Pentecostal pastor. He founded and works in Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, where he specializes in the treatment of women who have been raped by armed rebels. Nadia Murad Basee Taha (born 1993 in Kocho, Sinjar, Iraq) is an Iraqi Yazidi human rights activist who lives in Germany.In 2014 she was kidnapped from her hometown Kocho and held by the Islamic State for three months.
Dec 31: Nobel Prize - Physics: Arthur Ashkin (born September 2, 1922)has been considered by many as the father of optical tweezers. Gérard Albert Mourou (born 22 June 1944) is a French scientist and pioneer in the field of electrical engineering and lasers. He was awarded a along with Donna Strickland for the invention of chirped pulse amplification.
Dec 31: Nobel Prize - Physiology of Medicine: James Patrick Allison (born in August 7, 1948) discoveries have led to new cancer treatments for the deadliest cancers. in 2018, he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Tasuku Honjo.
Dec 31: Syria conflict: Trump 'slowing troop withdrawal', says Lindsey Graham

2 Years (2017)
Dec 05: Russia is banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang by the International Olympic Committee, following an investigation into state-sponsored doping.
Dec 06: The United States officially recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Dec 09: The Iraqi military announces that it has "fully liberated" all of Iraq's territory from "ISIS terrorist gangs" and retaken full control of the Iraqi-Syrian border.
Dec 14: The Walt Disney Company announces that it will acquire most of 21st Century Fox, including the 20th Century Fox film studio, for $66 billion.
Dec 22: The UN Security Council votes 15–0 in favor of additional sanctions on North Korea, including measures to slash the country's petroleum imports by up to 90%.
Dec 24: Guatemala follows in the footsteps of the United States by announcing that they will also move their Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, followed by Honduras and Panama two days later.

5 Years (2014)
Dec 01: Former UK PM Gordon Brown announces standing down at next election.
Dec 01: Suffolk doctor Myles Bradbury jailed for abusing 18 young cancer patients in his care.
Dec 01: Suffolk dr Myles Bradbury jailed for abusing 18 young cancer patients in his care.
Dec 03: UK: Changes to Stamp Duty announced by Chancellor George Osbourne in Autumn Statement
Dec 04: Death of former Liberal Party Leader Jeremy Thorpe aged 85.
Dec 12: Major disruption caused by computer systrem failure at UK air traffic control centre.
Dec 13: UK: MP Jim Murphy elected new leader of Scottish Labour Party.
Dec 17: UK: 1st C of E female bishop, Libby Lane, appointed Bishop of Stockport.
Dec 17: US President Obama announces resumption of normal relations with Cuba.
Dec 18: Death of model Mandy Rice-Davies aged 70 ('Profumo Affair').
Dec 19: High Court judge orders winding up of Hereford Utd Football Club over unpaid tax.
Dec 21: Death British TV, stage & film actress Billie Whitelaw, 82 ('Charlie Bubbles','The Omen').
Dec 21: Death UK stage TV & film actress Billie Whitelaw, 82 ('Charlie Bubbles','The Omen').
Dec 25: UK Parcel delivery firm City Link announces it has gone into administration.
Dec 29: UK: Healthcare worker back from Sierra Leone being treated for Ebola, Glasgow

10 Years (2009)
Dec 16: ITV closes Teletext, its news & information service.
Dec 18: Irish broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan presents final breakfast show on BBC Radio 2.

15 Years (2004)
Dec 07: Hamid Karzai sworn in as President of Afghanistan.
Dec 15: UK Home Secretary David Blunkett resigns over passport scandal for ex-lover's nanny.
Dec 23: Largest bank robbery in UK. £26m taken from Northern Bank, Belfast.
Dec 26: Indian Ocean earthquake & tsunami. Estimated 230,000 killed in 14 countries.

20 Years (1999)
Dec 02: UK devolves power in Northern Ireland to Northern Ireland Assembly.
Dec 30: Former Beatles guitarist George Harrison stabbed by intruder at home.
Dec 31: Russian President Boris Yeltsin resigns. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin takes over.

25 Years (1994)
Dec 24: Death of British playwright John Osborne ('Look Back In Anger').
Dec 30: Death of Maureen Starkey, 1st wife of Beatles' drummer Ringo Starr, aged 48.

30 Years (1989)
Dec 01: Mikhail Gorbachev 1st Soviet leader to visit Vatican & meet The Pope.
Dec 03: End of Communist rule in East Germany.
Dec 03: US President Bush & Soviet leader Gorbachev announce end of the 'Cold War'.
Dec 17: Fox Network in USA broadcasts 1st episode of cartoon series 'The Simpsons'.
Dec 22: Re-opening of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin re-uniting East & West Germany.
Dec 22: Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceauscescu overthrown in a coup.

35 Years (1984)
Dec 03: Bhopal Disaster, India. Thousands killed by leak at Union Carbide pesticide plant.
Dec 19: Ted Hughes appointed Britain's latest Poet Laureate.
Dec 28: Death of US film director Sam Peckinpah ('The Wild Bunch', 'Straw Dogs').

45 Years (1974)
Dec 08: Greek Referendum votes to remain a Republic and abolish the monarchy.
Dec 22: IRA bombs home of former Prime Minister Edward Heath.

55 Years (1964)
Dec 11: American soul singer Sam Cooke shot & killed.
Dec 12: Kenya declares itself a Republic with Jomo Kenyatta its first President.
Dec 31: British driver Donald Campbell breaks water speed record.

75 Years (1944)
Dec 03: WW2: British Home Guard officially stood down as invasion threat no longer exists.
Dec 15: Death of American band leader Glenn Miller. Plane disappears over English Channel.
Dec 15: Death of US band leader Glenn Miller. Plane disappears over English Channel.
Dec 31: WW2: Hungary declares war on Germany.

80 Years (1939)
Dec 12: Death of American film actor Douglas Fairbanks Snr.
Dec 13: WW2: Battle of the River Plate in South Atlantic.
Dec 14: WW2: Soviet Union expelled from League of Nations for attacking Finland.
Dec 15: World film premiere of film epic 'Gone With The Wind' in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Dec 15: World film premiere of 'Gone With The Wind'.

100 Years (1919)
Dec 01: UK: Lady Astor sworn in as 1st woman MP in House of Commons.

105 Years (1914)
Dec 10: Birth of American film actress Dorothy Lamour.
Dec 16: WW1: German battleships shell UK coastal towns of Hartlepool & Scarborough.
Dec 21: WW1: 1st German air raid on Britain with a bomb dropped on Dover.
Dec 24: WW1: Unofficial Christmas truce between soldiers along sections of Western Front.

115 Years (1904)
Dec 07: Birth of US voice actor Clarence Nash (voice of cartoon character 'Donald Duck').

120 Years (1899)
Dec 25: Birth US film actor Humphrey Bogart ('Casablanca', 'African Queen', 'Ther Big Sleep').

140 Years (1879)
Dec 05: Birth of US aviation pioneer Clyde Cessna (Cessna Aeroplane Company).


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