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December 1: World AIDS Day; Mawlid (Sunni Islam, 2017)

Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks

Saint Eligius (d. 660) · Marie Tussaud (b. 1761) · Masao Horiba (b. 1924)

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December 2

Napoleon I of France
Napoleon I of France

William Burges (b. 1827) • Allen Wright (d. 1885) • Britney Spears (b. 1981)

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December 3

Christiaan Barnard
Christiaan Barnard

Daniel Seghers (b. 1590) · Octavia Hill (b. 1838) · Mary Baker Eddy (d. 1910)

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December 4

Jeremiah Horrocks observing the transit of Venus
Jeremiah Horrocks observing the transit of Venus

John Cotton (b. 1585) · I. K. Gujral (b. 1919) · Pearl Corkhill (d. 1985)

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December 5: Krampusnacht in Austria

Damage from the Brooklyn Theatre fire
Damage from the Brooklyn Theatre fire

Joan, Countess of Flanders (d. 1244) · Louise Bryant (b. 1885) · Amrita Sher-Gil (d. 1941)

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December 6: Mawlid (Shia Islam, 2017); Independence Day in Finland (1917)

Vanguard rocket explosion
Vanguard rocket explosion

Jan van Scorel (d. 1562) · William Arnott (b. 1827) · Mary Margaret O'Reilly (d. 1949)

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December 7: Armed Forces Flag Day in India; Pearl Harbor Day in the United States

HMS Spiteful
HMS Spiteful

Charles Saunders (d. 1775) · Willa Cather (b. 1873) · Martha Layne Collins (b. 1936)

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December 8: Rōhatsu in Japan

Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A major, Allegretto movement

Adolph Menzel (b. 1815) · George Boole (d. 1864) · John Banville (b. 1945)

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December 9

The surrender of Jerusalem
The surrender of Jerusalem

Al-Biruni (d. 1048) · Fritz Haber (b. 1868) · Joan Armatrading (b. 1950)

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December 10: Human Rights Day

Selma Lagerlöf
Selma Lagerlöf

Michael IV the Paphlagonian (d. 1041) · Olivier Messiaen (b. 1908) · Diane Schuur (b. 1953)

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December 11

The Old Well at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Old Well at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Colley Cibber (d. 1757) · Hector Berlioz (b. 1803) · Max Born (b. 1882)

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December 12: Yule Lads begin arrival in Iceland

Jomo Kenyatta
Jomo Kenyatta

Edvard Munch (b. 1863) · Henrietta Swan Leavitt (d. 1921) · Yasujirō Ozu (b. 1903; d. 1963)

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December 13: First day of Hanukkah (Judaism, 2017)

William Waller
William Waller

Samuel Johnson (d. 1784) · Emily Carr (b. 1871) · Taylor Swift (b. 1989)

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December 14: Martyred Intellectuals Day in Bangladesh (1971); Monkey Day

Roald Amundsen and his team at the South Pole
Roald Amundsen and his team at the South Pole

Tycho Brahe (b. 1546) · Albert, Prince Consort (d. 1861) · Helle Thorning-Schmidt (b. 1966)

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December 15: Kingdom Day in Aruba, Curaçao, the Netherlands, and Sint Maarten (1954); Zamenhof Day in Esperanto culture

Emperor Hailingwang of Jin
Emperor Hailingwang of Jin

Nero (b. 37) · Sarah Trimmer (d. 1810)

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December 16: National Day in Bahrain; Victory Day in Bangladesh and India (1971); Day of Reconciliation in South Africa

New World Symphony, 1st movement

Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher (b. 1742) · Jane Austen (b. 1775)

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