Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan were professional acquaintances during the Voyager project in 1977. When Sagan returned a phone call from Druyan it turned into a date and they were engaged by the end of the call. They married in 1981 and were together until Sagan's death in December 1996. npr.org/2010/02/12/123534…
The first ever text message or SMS was sent by Engineer Neil Papworth on December 3, 1992 which is "Merry Christmas" on a computer and sent it to the cellphone of Vodafone director Richard Jarvis, it ultimately changed technology engadget.com/amp/2017-12-…
The HMS Perseus submarine, was hit and sunk on December 6, 1941. John Capes and 3 others opened the escape hatch, and using an early type of oxygen breather, swam 170ft to the surface. Capes was the only survivor. He then spent 18 months on a Greek island evading capture from the Italian army. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
Today I learned about the mysterious disappearance of the Eilean Mor lighthouse keepers. The door to the lighthouse was unlocked, coats were missing and half eaten food was left behind. The last entries on the log described a storm on December 12th of severe winds, but no such storms were ever reported. historic-uk.com/HistoryUK…
A band called The Warlocks were set to play a benefit concert in San Francisco in December 1965, but the problem was that there was already a band called The Warlocks...so they changed their name to The Grateful Dead. ultimateclassicrock.com/w…
In December 2014, a guy dressed as Santa robbed a bank in San Francisco. The robbery took place during β€œSantacon”, an annual event in which hundreds of people dressed as Santa swarm Union Square. nbcbayarea.com/news/local…
Japan attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 partly because of the trade embargoes on both oil and scrap metal. This ultimately interfered with Japan's expansion into China. history.com/news/why-did-…
The Halifax Explosion was a disaster that occurred in Halifax, Canada, on December 6th, 1917 when a French cargo ship laden with high explosives collided with a Norwegian vessel. The subsequent fire resulted in a 2.9 Kiloton TNT-equivalent explosion that ultimately killed almost 2000 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
The last rock song to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 was "How You Remind Me" by Nickelback in December 2001 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How…
Lethal Weapon 2 opened in South Africa, December 1989. Despite the film's anti-South African stance, it was passed uncut by the censors and it was a huge hit. Two months later, Nelson Mandela was released from prison. Danny Glover had actually portrayed him in HBO’s Mandela (1987) setthetape.com/2019/09/13…
The wingspan on a Boeing 747 (59.6-68.4m) is longer than the Wright Brothers' first powered flight which managed 37m in December 1903 space.com/16634-wright-br…
... On 31 December 2006, Britain made a final payment of about $83m (Β£45.5m) and thereby discharged the last of its WWII loans from the US. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The Simpsons was originally supposed to end in December 2011 with the series finale episode that eventually aired called "Holidays of Future Passed." theverge.com/2015/5/15/86…
The first landing on Mars happened December 2, 1971. The Soviet built Mars 3 lander became the first spacecraft to attain a soft landing on Mars. It failed 110 seconds after landing. It even carried a small rover called the Prop-M, it had 2 skis and was attached to a 15 meter umbilical cable wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_3
In 2005 there were so many tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic that we ran out of names and had to start using the Greek alphabet. The last Hurricane was Epsilon (December), while the last tropical storm was Zeta (Janurary). Countless records were broken during this season. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Humans have not set foot on the moon since 11 December 1972, almost 50 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moo…
9 of the 10 most common birthdays in the world are in September, with conception happening in the third or fourth week of December. worldatlas.com/articles/t…
A total solar eclipse will occur on December 4, 2021. This eclipse will be unusual as the path of the total eclipse will move from east to west across West Antarctica, while most eclipse paths move from west to east en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…
Today I learned about Margaret Schilling a mental patient who went missing in December 1978. Jan '79 local news reporting her escaped. 5 weeks later, worker finds her body locked alone in a construction area. Her decomp left a stain in the marble of her death pose that endures to today. lightforcenetwork.com/oli…
The shape of Spaghetti-Os is actually a real type of pasta. It's not just an American invention. Its true name is Anelli and it's a traditional pasta variety. It even has a holiday on December 11th called National Noodle Ring Day. pastafits.org/pasta-shape…
Today I learned about the "Million Dollar Quartet" which is a recording of an impromptu jam session involving Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash on December 4th, 1956. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Today I learned of the People's Republic of Korea (1945-1946), the short lived Socialist government of a unified Korea which, based on a network of people's committees, presented a program of radical social change. In the south, the US military government outlawed the PRK on December 12, 1945. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peo…
Walt Disney's younger sister Ruth lived to age 92. Ruth was very shy and private, giving less than a half dozen interviews over the decades. Walt would send an annual December birthday letter to Ruth, accompanied by a check along with a selection of Disney-related merchandise for her son mouseplanet.com/10148/Let…
. It is possible that a transit of Venus can be seen in some parts of the world as a partial transit, while in others Venus misses the Sun. Such a transit last occurred on 19 November, 541 BC, and the next transit of this type will occur on 14 December 2854 cs.mcgill.ca/~rwest/wikis…
If the entire universe was compressed into a single year, humans would appear on December 31st 11:59pm while the dinosaurs would’ve been extinct on December 30th en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cos…
The first place to use the Euro as their currency was in Africa. The French island of Reunion adopted the Euro at midnight on 31st December 2001, a few hours ahead of the rest of the Eurozone irishtimes.com/news/frenc…
The first SMS text message ever sent was on December 3, 1992. It was sent by a 22 year old test engineer from his computer to a phone. The message simply read "Merry Christmas". npr.org/2017/12/04/568393…
George harrinson got the first number one hit with " my sweet lord" in december 1970, then mccartney with "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” in September 1971, then ringo with "Photograph” in November 1973 and finally john with "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night,” feat. Elton John november 1974 cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
On December 23rd 1953 Lavrentiy Beria (Head of the U.S.S.R.'s N.K.V.D.) begged on his knees for mercy before being executed. His fate was similar to that of his predecessor, Nikolai Yezhov, whom Beria is rumored to have strangled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lav…
On December 16, 1965, NASA received a prank transmission from two astronauts: "We have an object, probably in polar orbit... I see a command Module and and eight smaller modules in front. The pilot of the command module is wearing a red suit." They then started playing, "Jingle Bells". smithsonianmag.com/histor…
December 25 was originally a pagan celebration, Sol Invictus, the β€œUnconquerable Sun.” insidethevatican.com/news…
In December 1967, President Lyndon B Johnson gave Pope Paul VI a bronze bust of himself. He’d had over 200 of them specially-made and kept them on the presidential plane. In return, Paul VI gave him a painting of a nativity scene. americamagazine.org/conte…
In December 1958, fishing rights tensions between Mexico and Guatemala escalated. Seeking to distract from domestic protests, the Guatemalan Air Force strafed a row of Mexican trawlers, killing 3 fishermen. The president defended his brinkmanship, claiming they were pirates plotting an invasion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mex…
The first SMS text message was sent 27 years ago in December 1992 and simply said β€œMerry Christmas β€œ cbc.ca/amp/1.4430659
The international airport in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (ULN), the largest international air facility in the country was named after Chinggis Khaan (Genghis Khan) to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the establishment of a Mongolian State on 21 December 2005. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
The sponsor, ad agency, producers and most of the people involved in the production of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" thought it was doomed to fail. When it aired on December 9, 1965, half of American TV viewers tuned in. nymag.com/vindicated/2016…
In 1980, The Beatles had planned a reunion concert for a TV documentary on the band, titled The Long and Winding Road. The planned reunion was scrapped following the murder of John Lennon on December 8th of the same year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The December 19, 1987 episode of Saturday Night Live was hosted by the singer Paul Simon and US Senator Paul Simon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
The 911 emergency number is still NOT universal in the United States; as of December 2017, 2% of the US population does not have the number in use in their area(s) nena.org/?page=911Statist…
On December the 27th 1973, the IRA kidnapped and murdered the West German consul to Northern Ireland Thomas Niedermayer. His wife, two daughters and son-in-law subsequently committed suicide en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
NASA's Cassini spacecraft on December 29, 2000, during its closest approach to the giant planet at a distance of approximately 10 million Km took the very first true color mosaic pictures of Jupiter. Till date it is the most detailed global color portrait of Jupiter ever produced. jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/…
In December 1999 a schizophrenic man broke into George Harrison’s home and stabbed him over 40 times. His wife incapacitated the man and George was hospitalized. His official statement following the attack was β€œHe wasn't a burglar, and he certainly wasn't auditioning for the Traveling Wilburys.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
In 45 BC the New Year was moved from March 1 to January 1. But it was abolished making December 25 as the beginning of the New Year. Then it was changed to March 25. Between 1582 and 1752 there where two calendars. Gregorian then replaced the Julian Calendar and Jan 1 became the legal New Year. libguides.ctstatelibrary.…
Archie Comics is built on an idealized American city frozen in time, inspired by MGM’s Andy Hardy films of the 1930s. Archie himself debuted in December 1941, in Pep Comics No. 22, but the visual aesthetic first established by artist Dan DeCarlo in the late 1950s defined Archie vox.com/culture/2017/1/26…
The last Kenny Rogers Roasters operating in North America closed on December 31, 2011, but it continues to flourish in Asia, with locations in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, China, Cambodia, Bangladesh and the Philippines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
Today I learned of "Dinner for One", the most frequently repeated television programme ever. It is a decades-long December 31st tradition in numerous countries but is virtually unknown in the UK and the USA en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Din…
The Tsavo Man-Eaters were a pair of lions in the Tsavo region, Kenya. They were responsible for the deaths of over 135 workers during the construction of the Kenya-Uganda Railway between March and December 1898. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsa…
Earth Wind & Fire made a song called β€œDecember” that is basically β€œSeptember” with Christmas lyrics youtu.be/CjCWhwdnCd0
During the "Battle Of The Bulge" (December 1944) the German commander asked American troops to surrender, as they were encircled by the Germans near the city of Bastogne (Belgium). General McAuliffe's response was: "NUTS!" archivesfoundation.org/do…
The longest TV commercial by duration is 14 hr, and was produced by Procter & Gamble (Brazil), promoting Old Spice Deodorant, and aired in SΓ£o Paulo, SΓ£o Paulo, Brazil, on 8 December 2018. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
The US Army didn't retire its last horse drawn Artillery and mule drawn Quartermaster units until December 15, 1956. army.mil/article/179546/f…
Today I learned about the December 14th 1944 Palawan massacre where Japanese imperial soldiers lit American soldiers on fire by sounding an air raid siren to lead them to a trench filled with gasoline instead of an air raid shelter. Of the 150 American POWs only 11 survived and escaped to American lines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
Juul has a 72% market share of the e-cigarette market in the United States as of September 2018. On December 20, 2018, Altria (formerly Phillip Morris), one of the world's largest cigarette manufacturers, bought 35% of Juul for $12.8 billion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juu…
Although the band existed through several different incarnations (the blue velvets and the golliwogs), Creedance Clearwater Revival was only a band for 5 years, releasing 7 studio albums during that time, 5 of which were released in just 23 months between January of 1969 and December of 1970? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cre…
The first death involved in creating the Hoover Dam occurred on December 20th, 1922. The last death occurred exactly 13 years later on December 20th, 1935. The two men were father and son respectively. usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/his…
After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, Canada declared War on the Japanese Empire a day before United States and United Kingdom did. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
The well-known fireplace video loop [Also known as The Yule Log] concept was created by Fred Thrower, the manager of WPIX-TV Channel 11 in New York City. Thrower’s concept came to life on December 24, 1966 and it's still very popular in ourdays. stackedstonetile.com/fire…
On December 28, 1973, after having worked for 16 hours a day without breaks for six weeks, the crew of the Skylab space station mutineed and shut off communications with ground control for a day latimes.com/business/hilt…
The first showing of The Simpsons first episode, "Some Enchanted Evening", had animation so appalling that 70% of the episode needed to be redone. Thus leading to the Christmas episode, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" being the first broadcast on the 17th of December, 1989. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
On December 20, 1963, the Berlin Wall was opened for the first time to West Berliners, who were allowed one-day visits to relatives in the Eastern sector for the holidays. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Earth Wind & Fire, the creators of the song 'September' uploaded another song titled 'December' in late 2014, almost 36 years after the original song came out. youtube.com/watch?v=CjCWh…
In the night of December 24th, 1974, Cyclone Tracy almost completely destroyed the city of Darwin in northern Australia. The event became known as the day Christmas missed Darwin. youtu.be/VJi_kBIiZ4A
Billy De Williams was born William December Williams Jr. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
20th century officially ended on 31 December 2000, and 21st century started in 2001, not in 2000 as many people might think. The same goes for all other centuries as well. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20t…
King George V shot over a thousand pheasants out of a total bag of 3,937 over a six-day period in December 1913 during a competition with a friend, however did not do enough to beat him. h2g2.com/edited_entry/A17…
Year 2038 will face the same issue as the Y2K problem on digital systems. The latest time it can represent is 03:14:07 on Tuesday, 19 January 2038 and will follow by 13 December 1901 at 20:45:52 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yea…
That, in December 2015, 19-year-old Bud Weisser was placed under arrest for trespassing at the Budweiser Brewery located at 9th and Arsenal in St. Louis. fox2now.com/2015/12/04/bu…
A toll free 'turkey talk line' exists which provides turkey related advice during November and December wikipedia.org/wiki/Butter…
The red umbrella is an important symbol for sex worker rights and is used for events that are held on December 17. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
King Sohuza of Swaziland was the longest ruling monarch of all time. He reigned for 82 years and 254 days (10 december 1899-21 august 1982). He had 70 wives and 210 children and assumed the throne at the age of 4 months after his father died suddenly while dancing. independent.co.uk/news/pe…
In December 1987 Sixx from MΓΆtley CrΓΌe was presumed dead from a heroin overdose. On route to the hospital the paramedic, who was a big CrΓΌe fan, revived Sixx with two shots of adrenaline. His two minutes in death were the inspiration for the song "Kickstart My Heart". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MΓΆt…
Atomic time and astronomical time don’t sync up perfectly, so there are occasional β€œleap seconds” (i.e., minutes with 61 seconds) to account for the difference. This happens every few years on June 30 or December 31. nist.gov/pml/time-and-fre…
The first death during construction of Hoover Dam was of J. G. Tierney on December 20, 1922, and the last death on the project is of Patrick Tierney, the son of J. G. Tierney on December 20, 1935, same date 13 years apart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoo…
During Advent in December, the practice of fasting was common in anticipation of Christmas, also known as Nativity Fast or the Fast of December. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adv…
On December 10th, 1963, 15 days after it was lit, the John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame in Washington, D.C. was accidentally extinguished by a group of Catholic schoolchildren who were sprinkling it with holy water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
On December 10, 1915, Ford built its 1 millionth car history.com/this-day-in-h…
The largest public company in the world is the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) - created in 1984 and, as of December 2017, it had assets worth US$4.009 trillion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
To determine freshness of eggs, a Julian date or pack-date calendar is printed on the carton. This three-digit code indicates the date of packaging, starting with January 1 as 001 and ending with December 31 as 365. food.unl.edu/cracking-dat…
Henry Hall, a 94 year old lighthouse keeper swallowed a large amount of molten lead during a fire at the Eddystone lighthouse on the 4th of December 1755 lived for 12 days after the incident, decpite it being considered imposible. He was even described as being energetic after the incident. uslhs.org/rudyerds-tower-…
On December 16, 1965 astronauts Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford became the first people to perform music in space when they played Jingle Bells on a harmonica and bells that they smuggled onto the Gemini VI. airandspace.si.edu/collec…
September, October, November and December were named as such because they were the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th months of the Roman calendar respectively. webexhibits.org/calendars…
In December 1868, the first traffic lights were installed outside the House of Parliament in London. Resembling railway signals, they used semaphore arms during the day and were illuminated at night by red and green gas lamps. nationalmotormuseum.org.u…
In 1900 three lighthouse keepers mysteriously disappeared from the lighthouse on Eilian Mor, an island north of Scotland. Their logbook indicated they were frightened by a storm that hit on December 12th, but all other reports in the area stated the weather was clear that day historic-uk.com/HistoryUK…
Valery Spiridonov, a 31 year old man who suffers from Werdnig-Hoffman's - a muscle-wasting disease which has left him in a wheelchair, has volunteered to partake in the world's first head transplant which will take place as early as December of 2017. bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/articl…
In the UK a White Christmas is defined by as, β€œone snowflake to be observed falling in the 24 hours of 25 December somewhere in the UK” metoffice.gov.uk/learning…
The last fires at Ground Zero initiated by the attacked on 09/11/01 were not officially declared extinguished until December 19th, 2001, almost 100 days later. timeline.911memorial.org/…
While December 25 is known as Christmas Day internationally, it is also Childrens Day in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Congo, Takanakuy in Peru, Quaid-e-Azam's Day in Pakistan, and Good Governance Day in India. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
Britain only finally settled its World War II debts to the US and Canada in December 2006 making payments of $83.25m (Β£42.5m) to the US and US$22.7m (Β£11.6m) to Canada.bbb news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/62…
Today I learned that between March 1918, and December 1919, an estimated 675,000 Americans died from Spanish Flu, ten times as many as died in WW1. history.com/topics/world-…
Today I learned about Longplayer, a composition comprised of six short pieces of music designed to play without repetition for 1,000 years. It began playing at midnight on 31 December 1999. Its permanent home is Trinity Bouy Wharf in London, and it can be streamed online. longplayer.org/about/
The Guinness World Record for volleyball lasted 85 hours and took place in the Netherlands in December 2011. volleycountry.com/news/lo…
Today I learned about the LG Prada, a capacitive touch screen smart phone released in December of 2006, months before the original iPhone was released. Some, including the head of LG's mobile R&D department speculate that Apple stole LG's design en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LG_…
Frank Zappa was subjected to two separate incidents while touring during December 1971; the first inspired Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water". The second was an attack by an audience member that resulted in "...a crushed larynx, which ultimately caused his voice to drop a third..." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
; you are not allowed to donate blood to other countried if you lived in the UK for over 6 months between 1 January 1980 and 31 December 1996. donateblood.com.au/vcjd-b…
Gahan Wilson's cartoons appeared in every issue of Playboy from the December 1957 issue to today and it has been one of the most fruitful, successful, and long-lived relationships between a contributor and a magazine, ever fantagraphics.com/flog/no…
On December 15, 1747, a man named Edward Legge was elected to Parliament unopposed. The only problem was that he died 87 days earlier in the West Indies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
The Polish government wrote a White Book with proof of the mass extermination of jews in german occupied Poland and gave it to the United Nations on December 10th, 1942. doomedsoldiers.com/THE-MA…
Natives in Canada had a traditional holiday nearly identical to Christmas until it was outlawed for being unchristian, hundreds of natives were imprisoned for continuing to give gifts to their friends and family in December from 1921 until the law was repealed in 1951 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot…
James O. Richardson pleaded with FDR over his poor decision to centralize the Naval fleet at Pearl Harbor, warned of the risks, was fired in Februrary of 1941, only to be proven right on December 7th when the Japanese attacked and sunk it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
In 1990 There was an armored car heist in my home town Rochester NY. 3 people stole an armored bank car carrying $11 Million. The crime was unresolved until December of 2002 unsolvedmysteries.fandom.…

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