6th December 1988 (21 Years)
Roy Orbison, singer of Pretty Woman, dies of heart attack at 52.
7th December 1817 (192 Years)
Vice admiral William Bligh, officer of the British Royal Navy and Capitan of the Bounty, died.
7th December 1941 (68 Years)
The Japanese forces attack the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack led to the United States' entry into WWII.
7th December 1941 (68 Years)
A second and less notorious surprise attack occurred the same day as Pearl Harbor's: the Japanese bombed Manila and the Philippines.
8th December 1793 (216 Years)
Madame du Barry, French mistress of Louis XV of France, died.
8th December 1815 (194 Years)
Adolph Friedrich Erdmann von Menzel, German artist, is born.
8th December 1864 (145 Years)
Camille Claudel, the French sculptor, was born.
8th December 1922 (87 Years)
Lucian Freud, the German-English artist, was born.
8th December 1978 (31 Years)
Golda Meir, Ukrainian-Israeli educator and politician, 4th Prime Minister of Israel, died.
8th December 1980 (29 Years)
John Lennon shot dead outside his New York apartment.
9th December 1717 (292 Years)
Johann Joachim Winckelmann, German art historian and archaeologist, was born.
9th December 1899 (110 Years)
Jean de Brunhoff, writer and illustrator of the BarBar series, was born.
9th December 1916 (93 Years)
Kirk Douglas, American actor, producer, director, and author, was born.
10th December 1475 (534 Years)
Paolo Uccello, the Italian painter and mathematician, dies.
10th December 1915 (94 Years)
The one millionth Ford car is produced.
10th December 1928 (81 Years)
Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scottish painter and architect, died.
10th December 1936 (73 Years)
Luigi Pirandello, Italian author and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate, died.
10th December 1936 (73 Years)
Abdication Crisis: Edward VIII signed the Instrument of Abdication.
10th December 1967 (42 Years)
Otis Ray Redding, American singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout, died.
11th December 1890 (119 Years)
Mark Tobey, American abstract painter, was born.
11th December 1917 (92 Years)
WWI: General Edmund Allenby enters the Old City after British victory in the Battle of Jerusalem.
11th December 1918 (91 Years)
Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist and Nobel Prize winner, critic of the communism, the Soviet Union and the Gulag camp system, was born.
12th December 1791 (218 Years)
Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma, second wife of Napoleon I and mother of his only heir, was born.
12th December 1863 (146 Years)
Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter and print maker, was born.
12th December 1915 (94 Years)
Frank Sinatra, American singer and actor, is born.
12th December 1928 (81 Years)
Helen Frankenthaler, American painter and academic, was born.
13th December 1466 (543 Years)
Donatello, Italian painter and sculptor, died.
13th December 1716 (293 Years)
Charles de La Fosse, French painter, one of the most noted pupils of Le Brun, dies.
13th December 1915 (94 Years)
Curd Jürgens, German-Austrian stage and film actor, is born.
13th December 1944 (65 Years)
Wassily Kandinsky, the Russian-born French artist known for his purely abstract work, died.

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