1st December 1990
Channel Tunnel sections started from the United Kingdom and France meet 40 metres beneath the seabed. 25 years.
1st December 1955
A black woman, Rosa Parks, is arrested by police in Montgomery, Alabama, after refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white person. 60 years.
8th December 1815
Adolph Friedrich Erdmann von Menzel, German artist, is born. 200 years
8th December 1980
John Lennon shot dead outside his New York apartment. 35 years.
10th December 1915
The one millionth Ford car is produced. 100 years.
10th December 1475
Paolo Uccello, the Italian painter and mathematician, dies. 540 years.
12th December 1915
Frank Sinatra, American singer and actor, is born. 100 years.
13th December 1915
Curd Jürgens, German-Austrian stage and film actor, is born. 100 years.
14th December 1995
The Dayton Agreement ends the Bosnian war. 20 years.
16th December 1775
English novelist Jane Austen is born. 240 years.
19th December 1915
Édith Piaf, French singer and icon also known as “The Little Sparrow,” is born. 100 years
26th December 1890
Heinrich Schliemann, archeologist who uncovered the city of Troy, dies. 125 years.
28th December 1950
The Peak District becomes the United Kingdom's first National Park. 60 years.
28th December 1065
Westminster Abbey is consecrated. 950 years.
29th December 1940
In The Second Great Fire of London, the Luftwaffe fire-bombs London, killing almost 200 civilians. 65 years.
30th December 1865
The English writer Rudyard Kipling is born. He is best known for his children stories. 150 years.
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