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27th December 1978 (41 Years)
Spain becomes a democracy after 40 years of fascist dictatorship.
27th December 2011 (8 Years)
Helen Frankenthaler, American painter and academic, died.
28th December 1065 (954 Years)
Westminster Abbey is consecrated.
28th December 1713 (306 Years)
Abbe Nicolas Louis de Lacaille, astronomer who mapped the Southern Hemisphere, is born.
28th December 1916 (103 Years)
Eduard Strauss, Austrian composer, conductor of The Strauss Orchestra, dies.
28th December 1937 (82 Years)
Joseph Maurice Ravel, French composer, pianist and conductor, died.
28th December 1950 (69 Years)
The Peak District becomes the United Kingdom's first National Park.
28th December 2004 (15 Years)
Susan Sontag, American writer and filmmaker, professor and political activist, died.
29th December 1894 (125 Years)
Christina Rossetti, English poet known for writing a variety of romantic and children's poems, died.
29th December 1940 (79 Years)
In The Second Great Fire of London, the Luftwaffe fire-bombs London, killing almost 200 civilians.
29th December 1986 (33 Years)
Harold Macmillan, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, dies.
30th December 1865 (154 Years)
The English writer Rudyard Kipling is born. He is best known for his children stories.
30th December 1916 (103 Years)
Grigori Rasputin, Russian mystic and healer closely associated to the Russian royal family, died.
30th December 2011 (8 Years)
Ronald Searle, British artist and satirical cartoonist, best remembered as the creator of St Trinian's School, dies.
31st December 1514 (505 Years)
Andreas Vesalius, the Flemish physician who wrote and illustrated the first comprehensive textbook of human anatomy, is born.
31st December 1838 (181 Years)
Emile Loubet, 8th president of France, is born.
31st December 1869 (150 Years)
Henri Matisse, the French artist and leader of the Fauvist movement, was born.

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