1st December 1899
Eileen Agar, British painter and photographer associated with the Surrealist movement, was born. 125 years.
2nd December 1814
The Marquis de Sade, the French aristocrat, writer and philosopher known for his perverse sexual preferences and violent erotica from which the term 'sadism' is derived, died. 210 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. 185 years.
8th December 1864
Camille Claudel, French sculptor and graphic artist, sister of poet and diplomat Paul Claudel, was born. 160 years.
13th December 1944
Wassily Kandinsky, the Russian-born French artist known for his purely abstract work, died. 80 years.
14th December 1914
The Battle of the Falkland Islands, a British naval victory over the Imperial German Navy, World War I. 110 years.
14th December 1959
Sir Stanley Spencer CBE RA, one of Britain's most renowned 20th century painters, died. 65 years.
15th December 1939
"Gone with the Wind" Premières in Atlanta, Georgia. 85 years
16th December 1944
The Battle of the Bulge during the Second World War. 80 years.
16th December 1899
Sir Noel Coward, British playwright, composer, actor and director, was born. 125 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. 110 years.
26th December 2004
The earthquake in the Indian ocean, creating the tsunami that hit South-East Asia. 20 years.
28th December 2004
Susan Sontag, American writer and filmmaker, professor and political activist, died. 20 years.
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