23rd December 1888 (137 Years)
Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear.
23rd December 1918 (107 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 (96 Years)
Chet Baker, American Jazz musician and vocalist, was born.
23rd December 1989 (36 Years)
Nancy Graves, conceptual sculpture based artist, was born.
24th December 1863 (162 Years)
William Makepeace Thackeray, writer, died.
24th December 1914 (111 Years)
John Muir, the American naturalist and preservationist, dies.
24th December 1914 (111 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 (103 Years)
Ava Lavinia Gardner, American actress and singer, was born.
24th December 1942 (83 Years)
General François Darlan of France is assassinated.
25th December 1066 (959 Years)
William the Conqueror is crowned King of England.
25th December 1642 (383 Years)
Sir Isaac Newton, mathematician and scientist, was born.
25th December 1763 (262 Years)
Claude Chappe, French engineer, created the first practical telecommunications system, is born.
25th December 1889 (136 Years)
Humphrey Bogart, American film and stage actor, was born.
25th December 1918 (107 Years)
Muhammad Anwar el-Sadat, 3rd President of Egypt, was born.
25th December 1977 (48 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 (42 Years)
Joan Miró, Spanish painter and sculptor, died.
26th December 1890 (135 Years)
Heinrich Schliemann, archeologist who uncovered the city of Troy, dies.
26th December 1893 (132 Years)
Mao Zedong, Chinese revolutionist and politician, Chairman of the Communist Party of China, was born.
26th December 1909 (116 Years)
Frederic Remington, American painter, illustrator, sculptor, and writer, died.
26th December 1972 (53 Years)
Harry S. Truman, American politician who served as the 33rd President of the United States, died.
26th December 2004 (21 Years)
The earthquake in the Indian ocean, creating the tsunami that hit South-East Asia.
27th December 1904 (121 Years)
James Barrie’s play, Peter Pan, premiered at the Duke of York Theatre in London.
27th December 1923 (102 Years)
Gustave Eiffel, a French structural engineer who designed the Eiffel Tower and the statue of liberty, dies.
27th December 1932 (93 Years)
Radio City Music Hall, the entertainment venue located in Rockefeller Center in New York City, first opened.
27th December 1949 (76 Years)
Indonesian National Revolution - After four years of conflict, the Netherlands formally transfers sovereignty over to Indonesia.
27th December 1958 (67 Years)
Harry Warner, Polish-American film producer, co-founded Warner Bros, died.
27th December 1978 (47 Years)
Spain becomes a democracy after 40 years of fascist dictatorship.
27th December 2011 (14 Years)
Helen Frankenthaler, American painter and academic, died.
28th December 1065 (960 Years)
Westminster Abbey is consecrated.
28th December 1713 (312 Years)
Abbe Nicolas Louis de Lacaille, astronomer who mapped the Southern Hemisphere, is born.

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