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*[[1888]] - [[Vincent Van Gogh]] cuts off his ear during some sort of [[seizure]]. *[[1888]] - [[Vincent Van Gogh]] cuts off his ear during some sort of [[seizure]].
*[[1906]] - [[Radio]]: [[Reginald Fessenden]] transmitted the first radio broadcast. The first program, consisted of a poetry reading, a violin solo, and a speech. *[[1906]] - [[Radio]]: [[Reginald Fessenden]] transmitted the first radio broadcast. The first program, consisted of a poetry reading, a violin solo, and a speech.
-*[[1914]] - [[World War I]]: The "[[Christmas truce]]" begins. 
-*[[1924]] - [[Albania]] becomes a republic. 
-*[[1929]] - Assassination attempt of Argentine President [[Hipólito Yrigoyen]]. 
-*[[1939]] - [[World War II]]: [[Pope Pius XII]] makes a Christmas Eve appeal for peace.  
-*[[1941]] - World War II: [[Hong Kong]] falls to the [[Japanese Imperial Army]].  
-* 1941 - World War II: [[Kuching]] is conquered by Japanese forces.  
-*[[1942]] - World War II: French monarchist, [[Fernand Bonnier de La Chapelle]], assassinates [[Vichy]] French Admiral [[François Darlan]] in [[Algiers]]  
-*[[1943]] - World War II: U.S. General [[Dwight D. Eisenhower]] becomes the [[Supreme Allied Commander]]. 
-*[[1946]] - [[France]]'s [[French Fourth Republic|Fourth Republic]] founded. 
-*[[1951]] - [[Libya]] becomes independent from [[Italy]]. [[Idris I of Libya|Idris I]] is proclaimed King of Libya. 
-*[[1953]] - [[Tangiwai disaster]]: A railway bridge collapse at [[Tangiwai]], [[New Zealand]] sends a fully loaded passenger train into the [[Whangaehu River]], killing 153 people. 
-* 1953 - [[NBC]]'s ''[[Dragnet (drama)|Dragnet]]'' becomes the first network-sponsored [[television]] program. 
-*[[1954]] - [[Laos]] becomes independent. 
-*[[1966]] - A [[Canadair]] [[CL-44]] chartered by the [[United States military]] crashes into a small village in [[South Vietnam]], killing 129. 
-*[[1968]] - The crew of the [[USS Pueblo (AGER-2)|USS ''Pueblo'']] is released by [[North Korea]] after being held for 11 months on suspicion of [[espionage|spying]]. 
-* 1968 - [[Apollo Program]]: The crew of [[Apollo 8|''Apollo 8'']] enter into orbit around the Moon, becoming the first humans to do so. They performed 10 lunar orbits and broadcast live TV pictures that became the famous [[Apollo 8 Genesis Reading|Christmas Eve Broadcast]], one of the most watched programs in history. 
-*[[1974]] - [[Cyclone Tracy]] devastates [[Darwin, Northern Territory|Darwin, Australia]].  
-*[[1979]] - The [[Soviet Union]] [[Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan|invades]] [[Afghanistan]] to support the country's Marxist government. 
-* 1979 - The first European [[Ariane (rocket)|Ariane]] rocket is launched. 
-*[[1987]] - [[Japan]]ese legendary [[rock band]] [[BOØWY]] declares their breakup at the [[Shibuya]] Kokaido. 
-*[[1997]] - The [[Sid El-Antri massacre]] (or Sidi Lamri) in [[Algeria]] kills 50-100 people. 
-* 1997 - The [[Dominican Republic]] becomes a member of the [[Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works|Berne Convention]] [[copyright]] [[treaty]]. 
-*[[2000]] - The [[Texas 7]] holds up a sports store in [[Irving, Texas]]. Police officer [[Aubrey Hawkins]] is shot during the robbery. 
-*[[2002]] - The [[New Delhi Metro]] opens.  
-*[[2003]] - The [[Spain|Spanish]] police thwart an attempt by [[ETA]] to detonate 50 kg of [[explosive]]s at 3:55 p.m. inside [[Madrid]]'s busy [[Chamartín Station]]. 
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Notes

  1. David F. Friedman
  2. Ignatius of Loyola
  3. Mauricio Kagel
  4. Ava Gardner
  5. Louis Aragon
  6. Joseph Cornell
  7. James Hadley Chase
  8. Wolfgang Kayser
  9. Edwige Fenech
  10. Bernard Herrmann
  11. Ad Reinhardt
  12. Vittorio Giardino
  13. William Makepeace Thackeray
  14. Reginald Fessenden
  15. Walter Abish
  16. John Osborne
  17. Feodor Stepanovich Rojankovsky
  18. Bruno Taut




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