1st December 1899
Eileen Agar, British painter and photographer associated with the Surrealist movement, was born. 120 years.
5th December 1839
George Armstrong Custer, the American cavalry officer killed at the Battle of Little Big Horn, also known as Custer's Last Stand, was born. 180 years.
13th December 1944
Wassily Kandinsky, the Russian-born French artist known for his purely abstract work, died. 75 years.
14th December 1959
Sir Stanley Spencer CBE RA, one of Britain's most renowned 20th century painters, died. 60 years.
15th December 1939
"Gone with the Wind" Premières in Atlanta, Georgia. 80 years
16th December 1899
Sir Noël Peirce Coward was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, was born. 120 years.
16th December 1944
The Battle of the Bulge during the Second World War. 75 years.
18th December 1879
Paul Klee, Swiss-German artist whose style was influenced by movements that included Expressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism, was born. 140 years.
24th December 1914
WWI - Christmas Day Truce, on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day soldiers from both sides ventured into "no man's land", where they mingled and exchanged food and cigarettes. 105 years.
26th December 2004
The earthquake in the Indian ocean, creating the tsunami that hit South-East Asia. 15 years.
28th December 2004
Susan Sontag, American writer and filmmaker, professor and political activist, died. 15 years.
31st December 1869
Henri Matisse, the French artist and leader of the Fauvist movement, was born. 150 years.
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