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24th December 1863 (147 Years)
William Makepeace Thackeray, writer, died.
24th December 1914 (96 Years)
John Muir, the American naturalist and preservationist, dies.
24th December 1914 (96 Years)
Christmas Day Truce, where on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day during World War I, many soldiers from both sides independently ventured into "no man's land", where they mingled, exchanging food and cigarettes.
24th December 1922 (88 Years)
Ava Lavinia Gardner, American actress and singer, was born.
24th December 1942 (68 Years)
General François Darlan of France is assassinated.
25th December 1066 (944 Years)
William the Conqueror is crowned King of England.
25th December 1642 (368 Years)
Sir Isaac Newton, mathematician and scientist, was born.
25th December 1763 (247 Years)
Claude Chappe, French engineer, created the first practical telecommunications system, is born.
25th December 1889 (121 Years)
Humphrey Bogart, American film and stage actor, was born.
25th December 1918 (92 Years)
Muhammad Anwar el-Sadat, 3rd President of Egypt, was born.
25th December 1977 (33 Years)
Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame during the era of silent film, died.
25th December 1983 (27 Years)
Joan Miró, Spanish painter and sculptor, died.
26th December 1890 (120 Years)
Heinrich Schliemann, archeologist who uncovered the city of Troy, dies.
26th December 1893 (117 Years)
Mao Zedong, Chinese revolutionist and politician, Chairman of the Communist Party of China, was born.
26th December 1909 (101 Years)
Frederic Remington, American painter, illustrator, sculptor, and writer, died.
26th December 1972 (38 Years)
Harry S. Truman, American politician who served as the 33rd President of the United States, died.
26th December 2004 (6 Years)
The earthquake in the Indian ocean, creating the tsunami that hit South-East Asia.
27th December 1904 (106 Years)
James Barrie’s play, Peter Pan, premiered at the Duke of York Theatre in London.
27th December 1923 (87 Years)
Gustave Eiffel, a French structural engineer who designed the Eiffel Tower and the statue of liberty, dies.
27th December 1932 (78 Years)
Radio City Music Hall, the entertainment venue located in Rockefeller Center in New York City, first opened.
27th December 1949 (61 Years)
Indonesian National Revolution - After four years of conflict, the Netherlands formally transfers sovereignty over to Indonesia.
27th December 1958 (52 Years)
Harry Warner, Polish-American film producer, co-founded Warner Bros, died.
27th December 1978 (32 Years)
Spain becomes a democracy after 40 years of fascist dictatorship.
28th December 1065 (945 Years)
Westminster Abbey is consecrated.
28th December 1713 (297 Years)
Abbe Nicolas Louis de Lacaille, astronomer who mapped the Southern Hemisphere, is born.
28th December 1916 (94 Years)
Eduard Strauss, Austrian composer, conductor of The Strauss Orchestra, dies.
28th December 1937 (73 Years)
Joseph Maurice Ravel, French composer, pianist and conductor, died.
28th December 1950 (60 Years)
The Peak District becomes the United Kingdom's first National Park.
28th December 2004 (6 Years)
Susan Sontag, American writer and filmmaker, professor and political activist, died.
29th December 1894 (116 Years)
Christina Rossetti, English poet known for writing a variety of romantic and children's poems, died.

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