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December 1 1887 Sherlock Holmes 1st appears in print: "A Study In Scarlet"
December 2 1804 Napoleon was crowned emperor of France
December 3 1967 First human heart transplant performed by Dr Christian Barnard
December 4 1996 Wilf Carter, country music and yodelling legend, died, at the age of 91
December 5 1791 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composer, dies in Vienna, Austria, at 35
December 6 1849 Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery in Maryland
December 7 1941 Pearl Harbor Day
December 8 1915 The poem In Flanders Fields, by Canadian John McCrae, was published for the first time in Punch magazine
December 9 1608 English poet John Milton was born in London
December 10 1964 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Dr Martin Luther King Jr
December 11 1719 The first recorded sighting of the Aurora Borealis took place
December 12 1913 Authorities in Florence, Italy, announced that the "Mona Lisa," stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris in 1911, had been recovered
December 13 1843 "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens published
December 14 1911 Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole
December 15 1939 World premiere of "Gone With The Wind"
December 16 1971 Don McLean's 8+ minute version of "American Pie" released
December 17 1874 Canada's 10th prime minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King, was born
December 18 1966 Dr Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" airs for first time on CBS
December 19 1918 Robert Ripley began his "Believe It or Not" column
December 20 1919 The first sod was turned for the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa
December 21 1898 Pierre and Marie Curie discovered radium
December 22 1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono met with Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in Ottawa as a part of the couple's peace campaign, "Bed-in For Peace"in Montreal
December 23 1823 "A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement C. Moore was published
December 24 1964 Shooting began on "The Cage", the pilot for Star Trek
December 25 1066 William the Conqueror, crowned king of England
December 26 1825 Erie Canal opens
December 27 1831 Darwin begins his voyage to South America on board the HMS Beagle
December 28 1976 Genie Francis joined "General Hospital" as Laura Vining
December 29 1890 The Wounded Knee massacre took place in South Dakota as some 300 Sioux Indians were killed by U.S. troops sent to disarm them
December 30 1869 Birth of Canadian Stephen Leacock, economist/humorist/professor
December 31 1935 Charles Darrow patents Monopoly

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