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    December 17th

    283 - St Gaius becomes Pope.
    384 - St Siricius becomes Pope.
    1586 - Emperor Go-Yozei becomes Emperor of Japan.
    1843 - Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is first published.
    1862 - American Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant issues General Order No. 11, expelling Jews from Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky. [This was news to me- Arc]
    1903 - The Wright Brothers make the first powered heavier-than-air flight in the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
    1967 - Prime Minister of Australia Harold Holt disappears while swimming near Portsea, Victoria.
    1969 - Project Blue Book: The USAF closes its study of UFOs, stating that sightings were generated as a result of 'A mild form of mass hysteria, Individuals who fabricate such reports to perpetrate a hoax or seek publicity, Psychopathological persons, and Misidentification of various conventional objects'.
    1970 - Polish 1970 protests: In Gdynia, soldiers fire at workers emerging from trains, killing hundreds.
    1981 -U.S. Brigadier General James L. Dozier is abducted by the leftist Red Brigade in Verona, Italy and held for 42 days.
    1983 - Harrods bomb blast kills three police officers and three members of the public and injures 75 others after an IRA car bomb attack in central London.
    1989 - The first episode of The Simpsons airs on FOX.
    1989 - Romanian Revolution: Protests continue in Timisoara with rioters breaking into the Romanian Communist Party's District Committee building and attempting to set it on fire.
    2003 - SpaceShipOne flight 11P, piloted by Brian Binnie, makes the first privately-funded manned supersonic flight.
    2003 - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is released worldwide.

    Birth:
    1770 - (Baptism) - Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer (d. 1827)
    1906 - Simo Häyhä, Finnish sniper (d. 2002)
    1975 - Milla Jovovich, Soviet-born actress and model.

    Death:
    942 - William Longsword
    1833 - Kaspar Hauser, German foundling (b. 1812)

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    December 18th

    218 BC - Battle of the Trebia, Hannibal's first great victory over the Roman Republic.
    1352 - Innocent VI is elected Pope.
    1642 - Abel Tasman lands at Mohua Golden Bay becoming the first European in New Zealand.
    1865 - Slavery is abolished in the United States, with the passing of the 13th Amendment
    1892 - Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker debuts at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg Russia.
    1894 - Women in South Australia become the first in Australia to gain the right to vote and to be elected to Parliament.
    1912 - Piltdown Man is "discovered"
    1916 - The Battle of Verdun ends in World War I
    1966 - Saturn's moon Epimetheus is discovered by Richard L. Walker, and then lost for 12 years
    1969 - Capital punishment is ended in the United Kingdom
    1996 - "Ebonics" was declared a language or dialect by the outgoing school board of Oakland, California, whose vote was overturned by the incoming board. [Ebonics.. :speechles -Arc]
    1997 - HTML 4.0 is released by the World Wide Web Consortium
    2002 - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the second film in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, opens in theaters.

    Birth:
    1626 - Queen Christina of Sweden (d. 1689)
    1724 - Louise of Great Britain, queen of Frederick V of Denmark (d. 1751)
    1863 - Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria (d. 1914)
    1878 - Josef Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union (d. 1953)
    1886 - Ty Cobb, baseball player (d. 1961)
    1943 - Keith Richards, British guitarist (the Rolling Stones)
    1946 - Steven Spielberg, American film director
    1978 - Katie Holmes, American actress
    1980 - Christina Aguilera, American singer

    Death:
    821 - Theodulf, Bishop of Orléans
    1290 - King Magnus I of Sweden (b. 1240)
    1737 - Antonio Stradivari, Italian violin maker (b. 1644)
    1787 - Francis William Drake, British admiral and Governor of Newfoundland (b. 1724)

    And it seems it is also International Migrants Day... The name can be read two ways.. :

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcturus
    I try to keep the American aspect on the low key, yet most famous celebrities are in fact American.
    Yes, from an Amercian point of view.

    I already figured they arent that much into german celebrities. Today is for example also the day of death of Konrad Zuse, the man who invented the first programable computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KraftAkt
    I already figured they arent that much into german celebrities. Today is for example also the day of death of Konrad Zuse, the man who invented the first programable computer.
    By celebrities I mean along the lines of movie stars, music 'artists' etc.

    As stated, these are merely some of the points of the date, and I am not e.g. German (nor American) nor am I all-knowing, and so merely add points that strike my eye, meaning I recognize the events or persons or find them nteresting at first glance. (This is turning into a disclaimer... hmpf...)

    I see no point in copy/pasting the entire page, I'm sure people are capable of using wikipedia themselves if they want the full info.:

    EDIT: Naturally, if you feel e.g. that Germany is misrepresented, you are welcome to take over the thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcturus
    December 14th

    867 - Adrian II becomes Pope.
    872 - John VIII becomes Pope.
    1287 - Zuider Zee sea wall collapses, killing over 50,000 people.
    1542 - Princess Mary Stuart becomes Queen Mary I of Scotland.
    1769 - Dartmouth College is chartered by King George III of England
    1896 - Glasgow Underground Railway, third in the world, opens (an accident closes it the same day and it only reopens in 1897).
    1900 - Max Planck publishes his study of quantum theory (The birth of Quantum Theory)
    1902 - First telegraph cable is laid across the Pacific Ocean.
    1911 - First expedition reaches the South Pole, led by Roald Amundsen.
    1918 - Friedrich Karl von Hessen, a German prince elected by the Parliament of Finland to become King Väinö I, renounced the Finnish throne. [: -Arc]
    1939 - USSR is expelled from the League of Nations.
    1946 - UN General Assembly votes to establish its headquarters in New York City.
    1958 - 3rd Soviet Antarctic Expedition becomes the first ever to reach The Pole of Relative Inaccessibility.
    1962 - Mariner 2 became the first spacecraft to fly by Venus.
    1962 - The Mona Lisa was assessed at US$100 million, the highest insurance valuance for a painting in history.
    1981 - Israel annexes the Golan Heights.
    1991 - A rock slide takes off 10 metres of Mount Cook's elevation in New Zealand.
    1995 - The Dayton Agreement was signed in Paris to end the Yugoslav wars.
    1999 - Charles M. Schulz, creator of the comic strip Peanuts, announced his retirement.
    2004 - The Millau viaduct, the highest bridge in the world, is officially opened.

    Birth:
    1503 - Nostradamus, French astrologer and mathematician (d. 1566)
    1870 - Karl Renner, President of Austria (d. 1950)
    1895 - King George VI of the United Kingdom (d. 1952)
    1914 - Karl Carstens, President of Germany (d. 1992)

    Death:
    1510 - Friedrich of Saxony (b. 1473)
    1542 - King James V of Scotland (b. 1512)
    1788 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, German composer (b. 1714)
    1799 - George Washington, first President of the United States (b. 1732)
    Not very americanocentric to me. I highlighted the few America-related events, and even here I was generous: that cross-Pacific line benefited the entire Pacific area, and George Washington was born as a British citizen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcturus
    By celebrities I mean along the lines of movie stars, music 'artists' etc.

    As stated, these are merely some of the points of the date, and I am not e.g. German (nor American) nor am I all-knowing, and so merely add points that strike my eye, meaning I recognize the events or persons or find them nteresting at first glance. (This is turning into a disclaimer... hmpf...)

    I see no point in copy/pasting the entire page, I'm sure people are capable of using wikipedia themselves if they want the full info.:

    EDIT: Naturally, if you feel e.g. that Germany is misrepresented, you are welcome to take over the thread.
    Ah, well, I dont blame you or anyone else. I know these days that german accomplishements arent well remembered. But american "creators of the comic strip Peanuts" : are held in high regards.
    Its of course in english, so it might be even alright that the focus is merely anglo-saxon.

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    I'm pretty sure they'll mention the German invasion of Poland on sept 1st, if that makes you feel any better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CONSTANTINUS
    I'm pretty sure they'll mention the German invasion of Poland on sept 1st, if that makes you feel any better.
    Yeah, sure.:

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    Quote Originally Posted by KraftAkt
    But american "creators of the comic strip Peanuts" : are held in high regards.
    High regard?

    I recognized it, most people would recognize it; that's why I chose it. If I were to include every scientist who came up with something or chose these points in order to please every nationality...

    The thread is not in the General History section, it is in the Lounge. It is not meant as a comprehensive world-encompassing history lesson, it is meant as a short, mainly entertaining (semi-)daily feature.

    Nor do I much care for the image of Germany as some poor martyr that you are painting.

    So, how about this then: From now on you, KraftAkt, provide us with a Germany-centered version, concentrating less on entertainment value and more on the historical importance of german individuals and events. Placed in the History or German section of tNP.

    Put your money where your mouth is, as they say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcturus
    it is meant as a short, mainly entertaining (semi-)daily feature.
    I missed that. So go on.

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