20th December 1968
John Steinbeck, American author, Nobel Prize laureate, died. 50 years.
21st December 1118
Thomas Becket, English archbishop and saint, was born. 900 years.
23rd December 1888
Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear. 130 years.
23rd December 1918
Helmut Heinrich Waldemar Schmidt, statesman who served as Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1974 to 1982, was born. 100 years.
25th December 1918
Muhammad Anwar el-Sadat, 3rd President of Egypt, was born. 100 years.
25th December 1983
Joan Miró, Spanish painter and sculptor, died. 35 years.
26th December 1893
Mao Zedong, Chinese revolutionist and politician, Chairman of the Communist Party of China, was born. 125 years.
27th December 1978
Spain becomes a democracy after 40 years of fascist dictatorship. 40 years.
27th December 1958
Harry Warner, Polish-American film producer, co-founded Warner Bros, died. 60 years.
1st January 1864
Alfred Stieglitz, an American photographer and modern art promoter, was born. 155 years.
1st January 1919
J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye, was born. 100 years
1st January 1959
The Communist revolutionary Fidel Castro led the Cubans to victory over Fulgencia Batista. 60 years.
3rd January 1919
Frank Duveneck, American portrait painter, was born. 100 years
3rd January 1959
President Eisenhower signed proclamation admitting Alaska to the union as the 49th state. 60 years.
6th January 1919
Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States died. 100 years.
7th January 1839
The French artist and physicist, Louis Daguerre, announced his invention of the daguerreotype. 180 years.
7th January 1989
Emperor Hirohito, the 124th Emperor of Japan, died. 30 years.
9th January 1969
The first trial flight of the Concorde in Bristol. 50 years
13th January 1919
Robert Stack, the actor, was born. 100 years
14th January 1954
Baseball player Joe DiMaggio and actress Marilyn Monroe got married. 65 years.

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