14th December 1788 (220 Years)
Charles III, King of Spain and the Spanish Indies from 1759 to 1788, was born.
14th December 1866 (142 Years)
Roger Fry, English artist and art critic, and a member of the Bloomsbury Group is born.
14th December 1914 (94 Years)
The Battle of the Falkland Islands, a British naval victory over the Imperial German Navy, World War I.
14th December 1959 (49 Years)
Sir Stanley Spencer CBE RA, one of Britain's most renowned 20th century painters, died.
14th December 1993 (15 Years)
Myrna Loy, American actress and singer, died.
14th December 1995 (13 Years)
The Dayton Agreement ends the Bosnian war.
15th December 1939 (69 Years)
"Gone with the Wind" Premières in Atlanta, Georgia.
15th December 1966 (42 Years)
Walt Disney, American animator, director, screenwriter, producer and actor, co-founded The Walt Disney Company, dies.
16th December 1775 (233 Years)
English novelist Jane Austen is born.
16th December 1866 (142 Years)
Wassily Kandinsky, Russian-French painter and art theorist, credited with painting the first purely abstract works, is born.
16th December 1899 (109 Years)
Sir Noel Coward, British playwright, composer, actor and director, was born.
16th December 1944 (64 Years)
The Battle of the Bulge during the Second World War.
17th December 1717 (291 Years)
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, English suffragette and the first woman to qualify in Britain as a physician and surgeon, died.
17th December 1904 (104 Years)
Paul Cadmus, American painter and photographer, was born.
18th December 1863 (145 Years)
Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria, is born.
18th December 1869 (139 Years)
Edward Redfield, oil painter of landscapes and buildings was born
18th December 1879 (129 Years)
Paul Klee, Swiss-German artist whose style was influenced by movements that included Expressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism, was born.
18th December 1913 (95 Years)
Willy Brandt, German Chancellor, is born.
18th December 1916 (92 Years)
Betty Grable, American musical film actress and pin-up girl from the 1930's and 40's, is born.
19th December 1848 (160 Years)
Emily Brontë, English author and poet, died.
19th December 1915 (93 Years)
Édith Piaf, French singer and icon also known as “The Little Sparrow,” is born.
19th December 1996 (12 Years)
Marcello Vincenzo Domenico Mastroianni, Knight Grand Cross, Italian film actor, died in Paris.
20th December 1968 (40 Years)
John Steinbeck, American author, Nobel Prize laureate, died.
21st December 1118 (890 Years)
Thomas Becket, English archbishop and saint, was born.
22nd December 1867 (141 Years)
Théodore Rousseau, French painter, dies.
22nd December 1960 (48 Years)
Jean-Michel Basquiat, American artist and one of the most significant painters of the 20th century, was born.
23rd December 1888 (120 Years)
Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear.
23rd December 1916 (92 Years)
Beginning of the Battle of Magdhaba (known as the Affair of Magdhaba) during the Defence of Egypt section of the Sinai and Palestine Campaign in WWI.
23rd December 1918 (90 Years)
Helmut Heinrich Waldemar Schmidt, statesman who served as Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1974 to 1982, was born.
23rd December 1929 (79 Years)
Chet Baker, American Jazz musician and vocalist, was born.

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