2nd December 1814
The Marquis de Sade, the French aristocrat, writer and philosopher known for his perverse sexual preferences and violent erotica from which the term 'sadism' is derived, dies. 200 years.
5th December 1839
George Armstrong Custer, the American cavalry officer killed at the Battle of Little Big Horn, also known as Custer's Last Stand, is born. 175 years.
14th December 1914
The Battle of the Falkland Islands, a British naval victory over the Imperial German Navy, World War I. 100 years.
8th December 1864
Camille Claudel, French sculptor and graphic artist,elder sister of poet and diplomat Paul Claudel, is born. 150 years.
9th December 1994
Max Bill, Swiss architect, artist, painter and designer, dies. 20 years.
13th December 1944
Wassily Kandinsky, the Russian-born French artist known for his purely abstract work, dies. 70 years.
15th December 1939
"Gone with the Wind" Premieres in Atlanta, Georgia. 75 years
16th December 1944
The Battle of the Bulge during the Second World War. 70 years.
24th December 1914
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. 100 years.
24th December 1914
John Muir, the American naturalist and preservationist, dies. 100 years.
26th December 2004
The earthquake in the Indian ocean, creating the tsunami that hit South-East Asia. 10 years.
28th December 2004
Susan Sontag, American writer and filmmaker, professor and political activist, dies. 10 years.
31st December 1514
Andreas Vesalius, the Flemish physician who wrote and illustrated the first comprehensive textbook of human anatomy, is born. 500 years.
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