This month in History

This month in History: December 2018

National Egg Nog Month

National Fruit Cake Month

1 December

World Aids Day

Rosa Parks Day (1955 Rosa Parks sets off a bus boycott in Montgomery, Georgia)

National Fried Pie Day

1934 Josef Stalin begins a purge of enemies in the Soviet Union

1942 Nationwide gasoline rationing goes into effect U.S.

1955 Rosa Parks sets off a bus boycott in Montgomery, Georgia

1958 Fire at Our Lady of Angels School grade school in Chicago leaves 100 children dead

1969 The U.S. government holds its first draft lottery since World War II ( Vietnam War )

1990 Channel Tunnel links the United Kingdom to Europe

1997 Heath High School Shooting in Paducah, Kentucky.

1999 Mapping of Human Chromosome 22 Released Into The Public Domain

2009 The Treaty of Lisbon comes into force in the European Union

2 December

National Fritters Day

Feast of St. Bibiana

1939 New York’s LaGuardia Airport Opens

1956 Cuban Revolution Begins

1959 The Malpasset Dam in France collapses leaving 400 dead

1969 The Boeing 747 ( Often Known as Jumbo Jet ) Gains FAA Airworthiness Certificate

1974 Birmingham Pub Bombing By IRA

1988 School Bus Hijack Soviet Union

1995 Dayton Accord peace plan Accepted By All Parties

2001 Enron an energy trading company filed for Chapter 11 protection

3 December

National Peppermint Latte Day

1964 800 students arrested at the University of California at Berkeley

1967 Worlds First Heart Transplant South Africa

4 December

National Cookie Day (U.S.A.)

1872 Crew from the Dei Gratia, a small British brig spot the Mary Celeste

1935 Game Of Monopoly Debuted

1952 Deadly London Smog In England Leaves 1’000s dead in London

1954 first Burger King ( Insta Burger King )is opened in Miami, Florida

1998 International Space Station Assembly Begins

5 December

National Comfort Food Day

Repeal of Prohibition Day

1901 Walt Disney’s Birthday (1901 – 1966)

1933 Prohibition comes to an end

1945 Five U.S. Navy Avenger torpedo bombers comprising Flight 19 Lost In Bermuda Triangle

6 December

National Gazpacho Day

National Microwave Oven Day

National “Cook for Christmas” Day

1917 Munitions Ship Explodes In Halifax Harbor Killing 1,800

1922 Irish Free State is created

1962 Deadly Smog Spreads In England

1969 Altamont Rolling Stones Concert Disaster

1989 École Polytechnique massacre Montreal

7 December

National Cotton Candy Day

Ferry Floss Day(Great Britain)

1931 Ford produces the last Ford Model A

1941 Japanese Attack Pearl Harbor

1941 Letter Writing Day

1960 First episode of British Soap “Coronation Street”

1993 Long Island Rail Road commuter train shootings

8 December

National Brownie Day

1765 Eli Whitney’s birthday (1765 – 1825)

1941 US Enters World War II

1961 Space Needle, in Seattle, completed

– Wiki page

– Official website for this tower

– Cassie took this beautiful picture of the Space Needle on her travels

Space Needle on Ever in Transit, Cassie’s travel blog

1980 Former Beatle John Lennon was shot dead in New York

1993 The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Signed into Law

2010 National Brownie Day (U.S.A.)

9 December

National Pastry Day

1884 Roller Skates Patented

1963 Studebaker Production Ends

1990 Solidarity founder Lech Walesa wins Poland’s presidential runoff

1992 Prince Charles and Princess Diana announce a formal separation

1993 Hubble Telescope Repair is a success

10 December

National Lager Day

1830 Emily Dickinson Birthday (1830 – 1886)

1948 Universal Declaration on Human Rights By United Nations

1958 First US Commercial Jet Flight

2006 Augusto Pinochet Dies

2008 Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Arrested

11 December

National “Have a Bagel” Day

1936 King Edward VIII Abdicates to marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson

1946 UNICEF Established

1985 The Unabomber kills his first victim, Hugh Scrutton

1990 Ivana Trump filed for divorce from real estate mogul Donald Trump

1997 150 countries agreed at a global warming conference in Kyoto, Japan ( Kyoto Protocol )

2005 Buncefield Oil Depot Explosions Hemel Hempstead in England

2008 Car Companies Bail Out Bill Agreed

12 December

National Cocoa Day

National Ambrosia Day

1901 Marconi sends first wireless transmission over 2000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Poldhu in Cornwall, England, to Newfoundland, Canada

1917 Father Edward Flanagan founds Boys Town

1925 first Motel opens the Milestone Mo-Tel of San Luis Obispo, California

1955 Hovercraft Patented

1975 Balcombe Street Siege London England

1988 Clapham Junction Rail Crash South London

2003 Keiko From Free Willy dies

13 December

National Popcorn String Day

1937 Rape of Nanking

1950 James Dean who is still unknown at that time appears in a Pepsi commercial

1972 Thalidomide victims ( 50’s and 60’s Sales ) are offered a compensation deal

1995 Brixton Riots London England

2003 Saddam Hussein is captured by U.S. forces at a farmhouse in Adwar

2007 Rupert Murdoch buys Dow Jones & Co. which includes The Wall Street Journal

14 December

National Biscuits and Gravy Day

National Bouillabaisse Day

1546 Tycho Brahe (1546-1601)

1905 1 in 10 are Illiterate in the United States

1911 South Pole First Reached

1947 NASCAR is formed

1962 Mariner 2 space probe becomes the first spacecraft to fly by Venus

1972 Last Men To Walk On The Moon

1995 Dayton Accord Signed Ending War

15 December

National Gingerbread Latte Day

National Lemon Cupcake Day

1939 Gone With The Wind Premiers

1944 Glenn Miller Killed In Plane Crash

1967 The Silver Bridge across the Ohio River collapses

16 December

Chocolate Coated Anything Day


1770 Ludwig Von Beethoven’s Birthday (1770 – 1792)

1773 Boston Tea Party

1916 Rasputin Murdered In Russia

1920 Earthquake measuring 8.5 hits the heavily populated of Gansu province of midwestern China, causing the deaths of an estimated 200,000 people.

1944 Battle of the Bulge Begins during World War II

1969 Death Penalty Abolished England

17 December

Maple Syrup Day

Wright Brothers Day

1843 A Christmas Carol first published

1903 Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful man-powered aeroplane flight

1942 Mass executions of Jews by killing squads and in Poland

1983 Harrods Department Store Bombing

1987 The Simpsons Debuts as a half-hour prime time show

18 December

National “I Love Honey” Day

National Roast Suckling Pig Day

1892 The Nutcracker Suite Premiered

1946 Steven Spielberg’s Birthday

1966 Dr Seuss’ book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is made into an animated television special and shown for first time on CBS

19 December

National Hard Candy Day

National Oatmeal Muffin Day

1732 Poor Richards Almanac first published

1997 The movie “Titanic” opened in American theatres

2008 General Motors and Chrysler bailed out

20 December

National Sangria Day

1963 Berlin Wall Opened For 1 Day Passes

1968 The Zodiac killer’s first attributable murders

1989 President George Bush launches Operation Just Cause In Panama

2005 Transit Strike New York City

21 December

National French Fried Shrimp Day

1620 Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth

1913 First Cross Word Puzzle Published IN New York World.

1958 General Charles de Gaulle is elected President of France

22 December

National Date Nut Bread Day


(wheat- and sugar-free)

50g butter

100ml molasses

1 ½ cups oat flour

2 tsp baking powder

A pinch of salt

1 tsp cinnamon

150g dates, chopped

150ml chopped pecan nuts

1 egg, beaten

130 ml milk

Preheat the oven to 180 C. grease and line a loaf tin.

Gently melt the butter and molasses together. Mix the dry ingredients, together with the dates and nuts. Add the milk and butter mixture and the beaten egg. Spoon into the loaf tin and bake for 40-50 minutes, until a metal skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Serve with cottage cheese or grated cheese.

Makes 1 loaf. Good for the whole family.

Recipe from Shonas Kitchen

1938 A living coelacanth was discovered

1952 The first Corvette, a production-ready prototype, is completed

2001 The shoe bomber, a passenger on an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami, tried to ignite explosives in his shoes

23 December

National Bake Day

National Pfeffernuesse Day

1947 Bell Labs demonstrates the worlds first Transistor Radio

Engineering Works video on YouTube

1956 British French Troops Withdraw From Suez Canal

1995 A fire in Dabwali, India, kills 540 people, including 170 children

2006 United Nations Security Council has unanimously imposed sanctions against Iran over its failure to halt uranium enrichment with Resolution 1737

24 December


National Egg Nog Day

1865 A group of Confederate veterans convenes to form the secret society the “Ku Klux Klan.”

1903 The first car number plate ( A1 ) is issued in England

1968 Apollo 8 orbits the Moon, becoming the first manned space mission to achieve the feat.

1994 Four Islamic extremists hijack Air France Flight 8969 in Algiers

2009 The Senate passes health care reform bill

25 December


National Pumpkin Pie Day

National “Kiss the Cook” Day

1952 The young Queen Elizabeth gives her first Christmas broadcast on BBC radio from the study at Sandringham House

1974 Thousands are left homeless and more than 30 people are feared dead after cyclone Tracy with winds of up to 135mph hits the northern Australian city of Darwin on Christmas Day

26 December

Boxing Day

National Candy Cane Day

1606 First performance of Aida

Wikipedia has a comprehensive write up of this beautiful opera by Verdi

1947 A severe snowstorm covers the Northeastern part of the United States, burying New York City under 25.8 inches of snow in 16 hours

2004 A tsunami caused by an earthquake under the Indian Ocean leaves 216,000 dead in 13 countries..

27 December

National Fruitcake Day

1571 Johannes Kepler’s Birthday (1571 – 1630)

1822 Louis Pasteur’s Birthday (1822 – 1895)

1932 Radio City Music Hall opened in New York City

1949 Indonesia gains it’s independence from the Netherlands after 400 years

1994 Blood Bath Begins In Rwanda between Hutu majority and the Tutsis

2001 U.S. officials announced that Taliban and al-Qaida prisoners would be held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

2007 Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto assassinated in Pakistan

28 December

National Box of Chocolates Day

1945 US Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

29 December

National “Get on the Scales” Day

National Pepper Pot Day

1940 Germany begin dropping incendiary bombs on London

1975 A terrorist bomb is exploded in the main terminal of New York’s LaGuardia Airport, killing 11 people.

30 December

National Bacon Day

National Bicarbonate of Soda Day

Baking Soda Day

1865 Rudyard Kipling’s Birthday (1865 – 1936)

List of his short stories

1903 The Iroquois Theater Fire in Chicago, Illinois, claims 602 lives

1986 Canaries made redundant from British Coal Mines and replaced by modern carbon monoxide detectors.

2006 Saddam Hussein hanged in northern Baghdad for crimes against humanity.

1932 Daisy de Melke is hanged in South Africa for the murders of her husbands and son

31 December

New Years Eve

10 New Years Eve traditions from around the world

National Champagne Day

National Vinegar Day

192 Lucius Commodus, 31, Emperor of Rome (189-192), is murdered. His mistress Marcia Chamberlain Eclectus, and praetorian prefect Laetus hired the wrestler Narcissus to Commodus after they found their names on an imperial execution list

1600 Queen Elizabeth I charters the British East India Company to carry on trade in the East Indies in competition with the Dutch. A company of 218 merchants is granted a monopoly to trade east of the Cape of Good Hope

1687 the 1st Huguenots depart France for the Cape of Good Hope

1869 Henri Matisse’s Birthday (1869 – 1954)

1908 Simon Wiesenthal, a survivor of the Nazi Holocaust who dedicated his life to tracking down former Nazis, is born in Bucharest, Ukraine

1935 Charles Darrow patents Monopoly

1937 Sir Anthony Hopkins, actor, is born in Maryam, Wales

1943 Sir Ben Kingsley, actor, is born in Snainton, England

1943 John Denver, singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, activist, humanitarian, is born in Roswell, New-Mexico

1967 daredevil Evel Knievel, 29, fails in his attempt to jump Ceasar’s Palace Fountain in Las Vegas

1970 Paul McCartney files a lawsuit in London to dissolve the Beatle’s partnership

1985 Ricky Nelson, 45, singer, singer, actor, and six other people are killed when a fire breaks out aboard the DC-3 taking the group to a NYE performance in Dallas

1987 Robert Mugabe is sworn in as Zimbabwe’s first executive president

1997 former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda, 73 (accused of engineering an unsuccessful coup attempt in October and in jail since Christmas) is released and placed under house arrest

1997 pianist Floyd Cramer, 64, dies in Nashville Tennessee

1997 Michael L Kennedy, 39, (son of the late US senator Robert F Kennedy, is killed in a ski accident at Aspen, Colorado

1999 The world prepares to have a global party with fireworks and special events around the world to welcome in the third millennium


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