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2008 – Bernard Madoff is arrested and charged with securities fraud in a $50 billion Ponzi scheme. (Love the guy)

2001 – China joins the World Trade Organization.

1997 – The Kyoto Protocol opens for signature.


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1997 – The Kyoto Protocol opens for signature.

1997 - More than 150 countries agreed at a global warming conference in Kyoto, Japan, to control the Earth's "greenhouse gases."

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1997 - more than 150 countries agreed at a global warming conference in kyoto, japan, to control the earth's "greenhouse gases."

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2007 – Francois Hajj, Lebanese Army's chief of operations is assassinated

1991 – The Russian Federation gains independence from the USSR.

Celebrating 50 years of Bonne Nuit les Petits in France with Nicolas, Pimprenelle, Nounours, and le Marchand de sable on December 12, 2012



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2011 Unemployment in the United Kingdom rises to 2.64 million people

2010 Despite concern from the opposition, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez declares he will pass laws by decree for the next six to eighteen months

2010 WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, is released on bail

1995 "Les Miserables" opens at Cable Hall, Helsinki

1995 AIDS patient Jeff Getty recieves baboon bone marrow transplant

1993 Moslem fundamentalists murder 12 Kroates/Bosnians in Algeria

1988 U.S. agrees to talk to Palestine Liberation Org (1st time in 13 yrs)

1981 Israel annexes Golan Heights (seized from Syria in war of 1967)

1980 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.

1979 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

1978 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC

1978 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.

1977 "Saturday Night Fever,"starring John Travolta, premieres in New York City

1977 Egypt and Israel reps gather in Cairo for 1st formal peace conference

1977 War criminal Pieter Menten sentenced in Amsterdam to 15 years

1971 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

1967 DNA created in a test tube

1962 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

1955 Dutch Reformed Church condemns woman/wife as vicar


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1950 U.N. General Assembly establishes High Commission for Refugees (Nobel 1954)

1946 U.N. General Assembly votes to establish United Nations HQs in New York City

1944 German occupiers forbid use of electricity in parts of Holland

1941 Premier Winston Churchill travels to U.S. on board HMS Duke of York

1939 Soviet Union attacks Finland-League of Nations drops Soviet Union

1927 Iraq gains independence from Britain, but British troops remain

1913 Greece formally takes possession of Crete

1911 South Pole 1st reached, by Norwegian Roald Amundsen

1901 1st table tennis tournament is held (London Royal Aquarium)

1656 Artificial pearls 1st manufactured by M Jacquin in Paris made of gypsum pellets covered with fish scales

1582 Zealand/Brabant Netherlands adopt Gregorian calendar, tomorrow is 12/25

1490 Anna van Bretagne marries a proxy Maximilian of Austria

1287 Zuider Zee seawall collapses with loss of 50,000 lives

1124 Theobald Buccapecus elected Pope Coelestinus II (he refuses)

872 John VIII elected as Catholic Pope

867 Adrian II begins his reign as Catholic Pope

644 Osman ibn Affan appointed 3rd kalief of islam


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December 15

1939 – Gone with the Wind receives its premiere at Loew's Grand Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.​

1966 – Walt Disney, American animator (b. 1901)


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December 16

1991 ~ U.N. reverses ruling that Zionism is racism by 111-25 (13 abstain) vote

1966 ~ Beatles release "Everywhere its Christmas" in UK


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1947 – The transistor is first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories.

1919 – Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 becomes law in the UK.

1893 – The opera Hänsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck is first performed.

1823 – A Visit from St. Nicholas, also known as The Night Before Christmas, is published anonymously.



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December 26

2004 – Orange Revolution: The final run-off election in Ukraine is held under heavy international scrutiny.

1982 – Time's Man of the Year is for the first time a non-human, the personal computer.

1933 – FM radio is patented.

1898 – Marie and Pierre Curie announce the isolation of radium.
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December 27

2007 – Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is assassinated in a shooting incident.

2004 – Radiation from an explosion on the magnetar SGR 1806-20 reaches Earth. It is the brightest extrasolar event known to have been witnessed on the planet.

2001 – The People's Republic of China is granted permanent normal trade relations with the United States.

1978 – Spain becomes a democracy after 40 years of dictatorship.

1979 – The Soviet Union invades the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan.

1978 – The Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in the South Pole recorded temperatures of 7.5 °F (−13.6 °C), making it the highest temperature to ever be recorded in the South Pole.

1966 – The Cave of Swallows, the largest known cave shaft in the world, is discovered in Aquismón, San Luis Potosí, Mexico.

1939 – Erzincan, Turkey is hit by an earthquake, killing 30,000.

1923 – Namba Daisuke, a Japanese student, tries to assassinate the Prince Regent Hirohito.

1922 – Japanese aircraft carrier Hōshō becomes the first purpose built aircraft carrier to be commissioned in the world.

1918 – The Great Poland Uprising against the Germans begins.

1911 – "Jana Gana Mana", the national anthem of India, is first sung in the Calcutta Session of the Indian National Congress.



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December 29

1851 – The first American YMCA opens in Boston, Massachusetts.

1911 – Sun Yat-sen becomes the provisional President of the Republic of China; he formally takes office on January 1, 1912.

1911 – Mongolia gains independence from the Qing dynasty.

1937 – The Irish Free State is replaced by a new state called Ireland with the adoption of a new constitution.

1959 – Physicist Richard Feynman gives a speech entitled "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom", which is regarded as the birth of nanotechnology.


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January 12

2010 – The 2010 Haiti earthquake occurs killing an estimated 316,000 and destroying the majority of the capital Port-au-Prince.

2004 – The world's largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, makes its maiden voyage.

1998 – Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning.

1967 – Dr. James Bedford becomes the first person to be cryonically preserved with intent of future resuscitation.

1932 – Hattie Caraway becomes the first woman elected to the United States Senate.

1915 – The United States House of Representatives rejects a proposal to give women the right to vote.

1908 – A long-distance radio message is sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time.


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January 13

2012 – The passenger cruise ship Costa Concordia sinks off the coast of Italy. There are 32 deaths (and a few people still missing) amongst the 4232 passengers and crew.

1993 – Space Shuttle program: Endeavour heads for space for the third time as STS-54 launches from the Kennedy Space Center.

1968 – Johnny Cash performs live at Folsom State Prison

1966 – Robert C. Weaver becomes the first African American Cabinet member when he is appointed United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

1942 – Henry Ford patents a plastic automobile, which is 30% lighter than a regular car.

1915 – An earthquake in Avezzano, Italy kills 29,800.

1910 – The first public radio broadcast takes place; a live performance of the opera Cavalleria rusticana is sent out over the airwaves from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, New York. ( Danny Z bes2alak 3an hole kamen )

1898 – Émile Zola's J'accuse exposes the Dreyfus affair.



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January 16

2005 – Romanian university lecturer and novelist Adriana Iliescu gives birth at 66 to her daughter Eliza, breaking the record for the oldest birth mother in the world

2002 – The UN Security Council unanimously establishes an arms embargo and the freezing of assets of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda, and the remaining members of the Taliban.

1986 – First meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force.

1979 – The Shah of Iran flees Iran with his family and relocates to Egypt.

1969 – Czech student Jan Palach commits suicide by self-immolation in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in protest against the Soviets' crushing of the Prague Spring the year before.

1909 – Ernest Shackleton's expedition finds the magnetic South Pole.