Historic Anniversaries this Week
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Historical Anniversaries this Week

December 17

Events (50 years ago today): 1967 - Harold Holt, Prime Minister of Australia, disappears while swimming near Portsea, Victoria, and is presumed drowned.

Births (750 years ago today): 1267 - Emperor Go-Uda of Japan (d. 1324)

Births (100 years ago today): 1917 - Kenneth Dike, Nigerian historian, author, and academic (d. 1983)

Births (50 years ago today): 1967 - Vincent Damphousse, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

Deaths (100 years ago today): 1917 - Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, English physician and activist (b. 1836)

Deaths (50 years ago today): 1967 - Harold Holt, Australian lawyer and politician, 17th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1908)

December 18

Events (100 years ago today): 1917 - The resolution containing the language of the Eighteenth Amendment to enact Prohibition is passed by the United States Congress.

Births (150 years ago today): 1867 - Foxhall P. Keene, American polo player and horse breeder (d. 1941)

Births (100 years ago today): 1917 - Ossie Davis, American actor and activist (d. 2005)

Births (50 years ago today): 1967 - Toine van Peperstraten, Dutch journalist

Commemorations:
International Migrants Day

December 19

Events (50 years ago today): 1967 - Harold Holt, the Prime Minister of Australia, is officially presumed dead.

Births (200 years ago today): 1817 - James J. Archer, American lawyer and general (d. 1864)

Births (50 years ago today): 1967 - Criss Angel, American magician

December 20

Events (1800 years ago today): 217 - Callixtus I is elected as the sixteenth pope, although Hippolytus of Rome is soon thereafter elected as a rival pope.

Events (100 years ago today): 1917 - Cheka, the first Soviet secret police force, is founded.

Events (50 years ago today): 1967 - A Pennsylvania Railroad Budd Metroliner exceeds 155 mph on their New York Division, also present day Amtrak's Northeast Corridor.

Births (300 years ago today): 1717 - Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes, French politician and diplomat, French Minister of Foreign Affairs (d. 1787)

Births (100 years ago today): 1917 - David Bohm, American-English physicist, neuropsychologist, and philosopher (d. 1992)

Deaths (1800 years ago today): 217 - Zephyrinus, pope of the Catholic Church

Deaths (100 years ago today): 1917 - Lucien Petit-Breton, French-Argentinian cyclist (b. 1882)

Commemorations:
International Human Solidarity Day

December 21

Events (50 years ago today): 1967 - Louis Washkansky, the first man to undergo a heart transplant, dies in Cape Town, South Africa, having lived for 18 days after the transplant.

Births (100 years ago today): 1917 - Heinrich Böll, German novelist and short story writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1985)

Births (50 years ago today): 1967 - Terry Mills, American basketball player and coach

December 22

Births (100 years ago today): 1917 - Gene Rayburn, American game show host and actor (d. 1999)

Births (50 years ago today): 1967 - Richey Edwards, Welsh singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1995)

Deaths (250 years ago today): 1767 - John Newbery, English publisher (b. 1713)

Deaths (150 years ago today): 1867 - Jean-Victor Poncelet, French mathematician and engineer (b. 1788)

Deaths (100 years ago today): 1917 - Frances Xavier Cabrini, Italian-American nun and saint (b. 1850)

December 23

Births (150 years ago today): 1867 - Madam C. J. Walker, American businesswoman and philanthropist, founded the Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company (d. 1919)

Births (50 years ago today): 1967 - Carla Bruni, Italian-French singer-songwriter and model

 


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