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December 1: World AIDS Day

Juan Lavalle
Juan Lavalle

9th Dalai Lama (b. 1805) · Jeni Bojilova-Pateva (b. 1878) · J. B. S. Haldane (d. 1964)

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December 2

Napoleon III
Napoleon III

William Shirley (b. 1694) · John Breckinridge (b. 1760) · Chaudhry Muhammad Ali (d. 1982)

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December 3

Freda Du Faur
Freda Du Faur

Gilbert Stuart (b. 1755) · Sheng Shicai (b. 1895) · Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll (d. 1939)

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December 4: Navy Day in India

Mary Celeste, 1861
Mary Celeste, 1861

John Leamy (d. 1839) · I. K. Gujral (b. 1919) · Hannah Arendt (d. 1975)

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December 5: Krampusnacht in parts of Central Europe

Pope Innocent VIII
Pope Innocent VIII

Ealhswith (d. 902) · Clyde Cessna (b. 1879) · Princess Alice of Battenberg (d. 1969)

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December 6: Saint Nicholas Day (Western Christianity); Independence Day in Finland (1917); L'Escalade begins in Geneva (2019)

Nefertiti Bust
Nefertiti Bust

Marie Adélaïde of Savoy (b. 1685) · William John Swainson (d. 1855) · Satoru Iwata (b. 1959)

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

Akatsuki
Akatsuki

Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi (b. 903) · Charles Garnier (d. 1649) · Noam Chomsky (b. 1928)

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December 8: Rōhatsu in Japan

Second movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7

John Pym (d. 1643) · Father Mathew (d. 1856) · Yuliya Krevsun (b. 1980)

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December 9: Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Catholicism, 2019)

Child with smallpox
Child with smallpox

Gertrude of Brunswick (d. 1117) · Joe Kelley (b. 1871) · Denise Phua (b. 1959)

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December 10: Human Rights Day; Nobel Banquet

The original brown dog statue
The original brown dog statue

María Bibiana Benítez (b. 1783) · C. Rajagopalachari (b. 1878) · Ziad Abu Ein (d. 2014)

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December 11

Lunar Roving Vehicle, driven by Eugene Cernan
Lunar Roving Vehicle, driven by Eugene Cernan

Averroes (d. 1198) · Subramania Bharati (b. 1882) · Big Mama Thornton (b. 1926)

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December 12: Yule Lads begin arrival in Iceland

Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek

Geoffrey (d. 1212) · Edvard Munch (b. 1863) · Doris Blackburn (d. 1970)

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December 13

George Gershwin
George Gershwin

Francesco Bianchini (b. 1662) · Ana Néri (b. 1814) · Dora Marsden (d. 1960)

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December 14: Feast day of Saint John of the Cross (Catholicism, Anglicanism, Lutheranism); Martyred Intellectuals Day in Bangladesh (1971); Monkey Day

George W. Bush (l) and Nouri al-Maliki (r) defend themselves against a thrown shoe
George W. Bush (l) and Nouri al-Maliki (r) defend themselves against a thrown shoe

Aldfrith of Northumbria (d. 704 or 705) · Louis Marshall (b. 1856) · Lupe Vélez (d. 1944)

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

Venera 7 descent vehicle
Venera 7 descent vehicle

Arthur Dehon Little (b. 1863) · Vibert Douglas (b. 1894) · León Febres Cordero (d. 2008)

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December 16: National Day in Bahrain; Day of Reconciliation in South Africa

New World Symphony, 1st movement

Nathaniel Fiennes (d. 1669) · Stuart Donaldson (b. 1812) · H. D. Kumaraswamy (b. 1959)

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December 17

Demonstrators in the Darwin rebellion
Demonstrators in the Darwin rebellion

Roger L'Estrange (b. 1616)  · Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma (d. 1847) · Daniel Inouye (d. 2012)

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December 18: National Day in Qatar (1878)

[[File:|195px |Cinema poster for On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) ]]
Cinema poster for On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

Yaonian Yanmujin (d. 933) · Lionel Monckton (b. 1861) · Edwin Howard Armstrong (b. 1890)

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December 19

Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens

Adelaide of Susa (d. 1091) · Mary Livermore (b. 1820) · Kristina Keneally (b. 1968)

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December 20

Cardiff City Hall
Cardiff City Hall

Ambroise Paré (d. 1590) · Bill "Tiger" O'Reilly (b. 1905) · Beth Doe (d. 1976)

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December 21

The crew of Apollo 8
The crew of Apollo 8

Maud Gonne (b. 1866) · Iris Cummings (b. 1920) · Louis Washkansky (d. 1967)

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December 22: December solstice (04:19 UTC, 2019); Yule (Modern Paganism and Wicca); Yaldā Night in Iran

Chico Mendes in 1988
Chico Mendes

Étienne Martellange (b. 1569) · William Hyde Wollaston (d. 1828) · Rose Talbot Bullard (d. 1915)

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December 23: First day of Hanukkah (Judaism, 2019); Night of the Radishes in Oaxaca City, Mexico; The Emperor's Birthday in Japan; Festivus

Coelacanth (preserved specimen)
Coelacanth (preserved specimen)

Carl Gustaf Wrangel (b. 1613) · Augustus Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol (d. 1779) · Quentin Bryce (b. 1942)

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December 24

Du Fu
Du Fu

Yang Bin (d. 950) · Leonaert Bramer (b. 1596) · Pernilla Wahlgren (b. 1967)

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December 25: Christmas (Gregorian calendar); Quaid-e-Azam Day (Pakistan)

St Mel's Cathedral
St Mel's Cathedral

Zhang Jingda (d. 936) · Otto Frederick Hunziker (b. 1873) · Atal Bihari Vajpayee (b. 1924)

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December 26: Boxing Day in Commonwealth countries; Kwanzaa begins in Canada and the United States

Pierre and Marie Curie
Pierre and Marie Curie

Reginald Fitz Jocelin (d. 1191) · Friedrich Melchior, Baron von Grimm (b. 1723) · Ram Swarup (d. 1998)

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December 27

Radio City Music Hall
Radio City Music Hall

Bertha of Savoy (d. 1087) · Agda Meyerson (d. 1924) · Chyna (b. 1969)

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December 28: Proclamation Day in South Australia (1836)

Westminster Abbey, west facade
Westminster Abbey

William Carstares (d. 1715) · Carl-Gustaf Rossby (b. 1898) · Ratan Tata (b. 1937)

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December 29

Sun Yat-sen
Sun Yat-sen

Maria Margaretha Kirch (d. 1720) · Christina Rossetti (d. 1894) · Ashleigh Banfield (b. 1967)

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December 30: Rizal Day in the Philippines (1896)

Map of 1853 Gadsden Purchase territory
Map of 1853 Gadsden Purchase territory

Giovanni Baglione (d. 1643) · Osman Hamdi Bey (b. 1842) · Rosalinde Hurley (b. 1929)

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December 31

Painting of helicopter rescue efforts at the Dupont Plaza Hotel fire
Painting of helicopter rescue efforts at the Dupont Plaza Hotel fire

Richard Montgomery (d. 1775) · Henri Matisse (b. 1869) · Junot Díaz (b. 1968)

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