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December 2021

1 Year (2020)
Dec 01: COVID-19 pandemic: Pfizer and BioNTech announced an Emergency Use Authorization application to the European Medicines Agency.
Dec 02: COVID-19 pandemic: The United Kingdom approves Pfizer-BioNTech's BNT162b2 vaccine, being the first country in the world to do so.
Dec 03: The UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs votes to remove cannabis from a list of dangerous drugs.
Dec 04: COVID-19 pandemic: The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 65 million worldwide, with the global death toll exceeding 1.5 million. Figures reflect that, in the last week, over 10,000 people worldwide have died on average every day, with one death every nine seconds.
Dec 04: WHO says COVID-19 had caused more deaths in 2020 than tuberculosis in 2019, as well as four times the number of deaths than malaria.
Dec 05: COVID-19 pandemic: Russia begins mass vaccination against COVID-19 with the Sputnik V candidate.
Dec 08: Nepal and China officially agree on Mount Everest's actual height, which is 8,848.86m.
Dec 10: COVID-19 pandemic: The United States and Saudi Arabia approve tozinameran for emergency use, while Argentina approves Sputnik V.
Dec 10: Death - Dame Barbara Windsor, DBE (born Barbara Ann Deeks; 6 August 1937 – 10 December 2020) was an English actress, known for her appearances in the Carry On films and for playing Peggy Mitchell in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders.
Dec 11: The European Union agrees to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% over the next decade.
Dec 20: COVID-19 pandemic: A highly infectious new strain of SARS-CoV-2 spreading in Europe and Australia provokes international border closures.
Dec 21: A great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn occurs, the closest conjunction between the two planets since 1623.
Dec 24: The United Kingdom and the European Union agree to a comprehensive free trade agreement prior to the end of the transition period.
Dec 24: Death - Ivry Gitlis (25 August 1922 – 24 December 2020) was an Israeli virtuoso violinist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. He performed with the world's top orchestras, including the London Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
Dec 26: Death - George Blake (11 November 1922 – 26 December 2020), British spy and double agent.
Dec 27: COVID-19 pandemic: The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 80 million worldwide.
Dec 31: BREXIT - The transition period following the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union on 31 January 2020 expires.

2 Years (2019)
Dec 12: United Kingdom - The 2019 general election takes place for all 650 seats in the House of Commons.
Dec 18: U.S. President Trump is impeached.

5 Years (2016)
Dec 01: Police say 350+ victims so far reported child sexual abuse at UK football clubs.
Dec 02: 2016 World champion Nico Rosberg, 31 announces retirement from F1.
Dec 03: At least 33 people killed in fire at warehouse party in Oakland, California.
Dec 04: Italian PM Matteo Renzi's loses referendum on constitutional reform.
Dec 05: UK: Start of Supreme Court Hearing into Parlt vote on Brexit negotiations.
Dec 06: Death of British actor Peter Vaughan, 93 ('Game of Thrones', 'Porridge').
Dec 06: Death of singer & guitarist Greg Lake, 69 (Emerson Lake & Palmer).
Dec 07: MPs vote to back UK Govt plan to start formal Brexit talks at end of March 2017.
Dec 07: Unions & Management deal to secure jobs and production at Tata UK steelworks.
Dec 09: Death former US astronaut John Glenn, 95 (1st American to orbit earth, 1962).
Dec 12: Death of ex jockey Walter Swinburn, 55 (3 time Derby winner & Shergar jockey).
Dec 14: Reports of renewed fighting during ceasefire evacuation of east Aleppo, Syria.
Dec 14: Yahoo says one billion user accounts affected in another breach of its systems.
Dec 19: Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov,shot dead in Ankara.
Dec 19: UK: 101-yr-old Ralph Clarke jailed for 13 years for 30 historic child sex offences.
Dec 19: 12 killed, 50 injured in terror attack as lorry drives into a Christmas market in Berlin.
Dec 19: Death of Hollywood star & socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor aged 99.
Dec 23: Berlin market attacker Anis Amri shot and killed by police in Italy.
Dec 24: Death of British author Richard Adams aged 96 ('Watership Down').
Dec 24: Death of Rick Parfitt, 68: singer, songwriter and guitarist in rock band Status Quo.
Dec 25: Death of British singer/songwriter George Michael, aged 53 ( Wham)
Dec 25: Russian military plane with 92 on board crashes into the Black Sea.
Dec 27: Death of US film actress Carrie Fisher, 60 ('Star Wars').
Dec 28: British Olympic cyclist Bradley Wiggins retires from sport aged 36.
Dec 28: Death US film actress Debbie Reynolds aged 84 ('Singin' In The Rain').
Dec 29: USA expels 35 Russian diplomats over cyber attack allegations.
Dec 30: Pan Pan, the world's oldest male panda dies in China aged 31.
Dec 31: At least 35 shot and killed in terror attack on nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey.

10 Years (2011)
Dec 04: Death of Brazilian international footballer Socrates aged 57.
Dec 08: UK Prime Minister David Cameron vetoes EU Treaty re Eurozone Crisis.
Dec 17: Death of Kim Jong-il, leader of Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, aged 70
Dec 18: Death in prison of serial killer & kidnapper Ronald Neilson (alias the 'Black Panther').
Dec 30: Death British artist/cartoonist Ronald Searle, 91 (Japan POW artist & Nurembourg Trials).

15 Years (2006)
Dec 02: UK: 1st victim of 'Suffolk Strangler' who murders prostitutes, found near Ipswich.
Dec 05: Coup d'etat in Fiji. Military commander Frank Bainimarama overthrows government.
Dec 07: Death of US diplomat Jeane Kirkpatrick, 1st female US Ambassador to United Nations.
Dec 07: Death US diplomat Jeane Kirkpatrick, 1st female US Ambassador to UN.
Dec 10: Death of former President & Dictator of Chile Augusto Pinochet (1974-1990).
Dec 12: UK: Closure car factory at Ryton, Coventry. Peugeot moves production to Slovakia.
Dec 12: UK: Closure of car factory at Ryton, Coventry. Peugeot move production to Slovakia.
Dec 18: Death US cartoon animator Joseph Barbera ('Tom & Jerry', 'Top Cat').
Dec 19: Police arrest 48 year old forklift driver for murders of 5 prostitutes in Ipswich.
Dec 21: Death of Australian jockey & trainer Scobie Breasley.
Dec 23: Death of British comedian & actor Charlie Drake aged 81.
Dec 25: Death of American singer James Brown ('Godfather of Soul') aged 73.
Dec 26: Death of Gerald Ford; 38th President of the United States (1974-1977).
Dec 30: Basque sparatist organisation ETA bombs Madrid-Barajas Airport, Spain. 2 killed.
Dec 30: Execution of Saddam Hussein, former President of Iraq for war crimes.

20 Years (2001)
Dec 02: Energy trading corporation Enron goes bankrupt following accounting scandal.
Dec 07: End of Taliban regime in Afghanistan with surrender of Kandahar.
Dec 11: UK: Post Office announces over £1billion cuts which may lead to 30,000 redundancies.
Dec 12: UK: Roy Whiting,42, pleads guilty to murder of 8 yr old Sarah Payne, West Sussex
Dec 13: Terrorist attack on India Parliament in New Delhi leaves 14 dead.
Dec 15: Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy re-opens to the public (closed since 1990).
Dec 22: Terrorist Richard Reid attempts to blow up Paris to Miami flight with bomb in his shoe.
Dec 26: Death of English actor Nigel Hawthorne aged 72 ('Yes, Prime Minister')
Dec 29: Firework starts massive fire in shopping district of Lima, Peru. Almost 300 killed.

25 Years (1996)
Dec 09: Death of British archaeologist & anthropologist Mary Leakey.
Dec 10: South African President Nelson Mandela signs new democratic constitution.
Dec 11: Death of British satirist & writer Willie Rushton. Co-founder of 'Private Eye' Magazine
Dec 12: Death of American social critic & journalist Vance Packard ('The Hidden Persuaders').
Dec 17: Peruvian terrorists storm Japanese Embassy, Lima. 72 hostages held for 4 months.
Dec 27: Start of 1st genocide trial in Rwanda following 1994 civil war in which 800,000 died.
Dec 30: Death of American film actor Lew Ayres ('All Quiet on the Western Front')

30 Years (1991)
Dec 01: Ukraine referendum votes in favour of independence from Soviet Union.
Dec 02: Release of 3 US hostages in Beirut: Joseph Cicippio; Alann Steen & Terry Anderson.
Dec 04: Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) goes out of business.
Dec 05: Collapse of Robert Maxwell's business empire a month after his death.
Dec 08: Establishment of Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) of former Soviet Republics.
Dec 12: European nations agree terms of Maastricht Treaty to establish European Union.
Dec 20: Paul Keating defeats Bob Hawke in leadership challenge to become Australian PM.
Dec 25: Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as President of the Soviet Union.
Dec 26: Official dissolution of Soviet Union. 12 Soviet republics become independent states.

35 Years (1986)
Dec 01: UK Government orders enquiry into Guiness Company affairs & share-trading.
Dec 01: USA: Tower Commission begins investigation into controversial Iran-Contra Affair.
Dec 07: US: Birth of Megan Kanka whose rape & murder leads to creation of Megan's Law.
Dec 17: UK: Davina Thompson is world's 1st recipient of heart, lung & liver transplant.
Dec 19: Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov released from internal exile in Gorky.
Dec 23: US plane 'Voyager' 1st aircraft to fly around the world without stopping or refuelling.
Dec 29: Death of former British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan (1957-1963).

45 Years (1976)
Dec 02: Fidel Castro becomes Preisdent of Cuba.
Dec 02: Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba.
Dec 04: Death of British composer & conductor Benjamin Britten.
Dec 04: Death of British composer Benjamin Britten ('Peter Grimes', 'The Rape of Lucretia').
Dec 08: US rock band The Eagles release 'Hotel California' album. Sells over 32million copies.

55 Years (1966)
Dec 08: Greek car ferry SS Heraklion capsizes & sinks in Aegean Sea. Over 200 killed.
Dec 15: Death of American film producer Walt Disney. Co-founder of Walt Disney Company.
Dec 15: Death US film producer Walt Disney, 65. Co-founder of Walt Disney Company.
Dec 16: United Nations declares apartheid to be a crime against humanity.

65 Years (1956)
Dec 02: Cuban Revolution. Rebels (including Fidel Castro) land in Cuba from Mexico.
Dec 17: US Supreme Court rules racial segregation on buses to be unconstitutional.
Dec 18: Japan joins the United Nations organisation.

70 Years (1951)
Dec 11: American baseball superstar Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement.
Dec 24: Libya gains independence from United Kingdom.
Dec 30: NBC broadcasts 1st episode of 'The Roy Rogers Show'.

75 Years (1946)
Dec 02: Birth of Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace.
Dec 05: Birth of Spanish opera singer Jose Carreras (founder of the 'Three Tenors').
Dec 09: Constituent Assembly of India meets to draft constitution for an independent India.
Dec 18: Birth of South African anti-partheid activist Steve Biko.
Dec 19: Start of First Indochina War (France v Vietnamese).
Dec 20: World film premiere of 'It's A Wonderful Life' directed by Frank Capra.
Dec 21: Birth of American guitarist & singer Carl Wilson ('Beach Boys').
Dec 25: Death of American actor & comedian W.C.Fields.

80 Years (1941)
Dec 05: WW2: Start Battle of Moscow (Soviet Union counter-attack Germans).
Dec 07: WW2: Japan attacks Pearl Harbour, Hawaii & other US bases in the Pacific.
Dec 07: WW2: Japan declares war on USA & UK.
Dec 08: WW2: Japan invades Thailand & Philippines.
Dec 10: WW2: British ships HMS Prince of Wales & HMS Repulse sunk by Japansese.
Dec 12: WW2: Adolf Hitler tells Nazi officials of plan to exterminate all European Jews.
Dec 15: WW2: Drobitsky Yar Massacre. German forces kill over 15,000 Jews in Ukraine.
Dec 15: WW2: Japanese invade & capture Borneo.
Dec 19: WW2: Adolf Hitler appoints himself Commander in Chief of German Army.
Dec 26: WW2: Winston Churchill 1st British PM to address both houses of US Congress.

85 Years (1936)
Dec 08: Birth Barbara Hulanicki, Polish-born fashion designer (founder of BIBA).
Dec 08: Birth of American actor & martial art expert David Carradine.
Dec 11: UK: Abdication of King Edward VIII to marry divorcee Mrs Wallis Simpson.
Dec 11: UK: Duke of York becomes King George VI.
Dec 25: Birth Indian-born film producer Ismail Merchant ('Room With A View', 'Howard's End').

95 Years (1926)
Dec 05: Death of French artist Claude Monet. Leader of the Impressionist Movement.
Dec 05: Release of classic film 'Battleship Potemkin' in USA.

105 Years (1916)
Dec 05: Birth Polish-born US immunologist Hilary Koprowski. Developed 1st polio vaccine.
Dec 07: WW1: David Lloyd George becomes British Prime Minister.
Dec 08: Birth US film director Richard Fleischer ('Fantastic Voyage', 'Tora,Tora,Tora' ).
Dec 09: Birth of US film actor Kirk Douglas ('Paths of Glory', 'Gunfight at OK Coral', 'Spartacus').
Dec 18: Birth of US film actress & dancer Betty Grable. WW2 pin-up for American servicemen.
Dec 19: Birth of British film & TV director Roy Ward Baker ('The Avengers', 'The Saint', 'Minder').
Dec 20: WW1: End of the Battle of Verdun.
Dec 30: Murder of Grigori Rasputin, Russian mystic & healer.

130 Years (1891)
Dec 15: US: PE instructor James Naismith invents basketball in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Dec 15: US: Physical education instructor James Naismith invents basketball in Springfield, Mass
Dec 26: Birth of controversial US writer Henry Miller ('Tropic of Cancer', 'Tropic of Capricorn').

135 Years (1886)
Dec 01: Death of Welsh surveyor & geographer Sir George Everest.
Dec 14: Birth of British artist Roger Fry (Champion of Post-Impressionist movement).
Dec 14: Birth of British artist Roger Fry. Champion of Post-Impressionist movement.
Dec 21: Birth of Irish patriot, activist & feminist Maud Gonne (Co founder of Sinn Fein).
Dec 21: Birth of Irish patriot, activist & feminist Maud Gonne. Co founder of Sinn Fein.

205 Years (1816)
Dec 13: Birth of German electrical engineer & industrialist Werner von Siemens.

230 Years (1791)
Dec 05: Death of Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart aged 35.

255 Years (1766)
Dec 05: British auctioneer James Christie holds 1st sale in London.
Dec 29: Birth of Scottish chemist Charles Macintosh (Inventor of method to waterproof fabric).
Dec 29: Birth of Scottish chemist Charles Macintosh. Inventor method for waterproofing fabric.

305 Years (1716)
Dec 26: Birth of English poet Thomas Gray ('An Elergy Written In A Country Church Yard').


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