22nd December 1867
Théodore Rousseau, French painter, dies. 150 years.
24th December 1942
General François Darlan of France is assassinated. 75 years.
24th December 1922
Ava Lavinia Gardner, American actress and singer, was born. 95 years.
25th December 1642
Sir Isaac Newton, mathematician and scientist, was born. 375 years.
25th December 1977
Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame during the era of silent film, died. 40 years.
26th December 1972
Harry S. Truman, American politician who served as the 33rd President of the United States, died. 45 years.
27th December 1932
Radio City Music Hall, the entertainment venue located in Rockefeller Center in New York City, first opened. 85 years.
28th December 1937
Joseph Maurice Ravel, French composer, pianist and conductor, died. 80 years.
1st January 1863
Emancipation Proclamation (ending slavery) issued by Lincoln. 155 years.
1st January 1863
Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin French educator and historian, and founder of the International Olympic Committee, was born. 155 years
1st January 1793
Francesco Lazzaro Guardi, Venetian painter of veduta, nobleman, and a member of the Venetian School, died. 225 years.
3rd January 1883
Clement Richard Attlee, 1st Earl Attlee, former Prime Minister of the UK and Leader of the Labour Party, was born. 135 years.
4th January 1958
Sputnik 1 falls to Earth from orbit. 60 years.
5th January 1968
Alexander Dubček comes to power: "Prague Spring" begins in Czechoslovakia. 50 years.
5th January 1938
Juan Carlos I of Spain or Juan Carlos Alfonso Víctor María de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias, was born. 80 years.
6th January 1928
Capucine, French actress and model, was born. 90 years.
6th January 1978
The Crown of St. Stephen (also known as the Holy Crown of Hungary) is returned to Hungary from the United States, where it was held after World War II. 40 years.
6th January 1993
Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev, Russian-French dancer and choreographer, died. 25 years.
7th January 1943
Nikola Tesla, Croatian-Serbian-American physicist and engineer, died. 75 years.
8th January 1918
President Woodrow Wilson announces his "Fourteen Points" for the aftermath of World War I. 100 years.

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