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This Day in History - December

Historical events in December, by day:

1 Sherlock Holmes appeared for the first time in print in "A Study in Scarlet." (1887)

1 High School teacher James Naismith nails up peach backets at opposite ends of the school gym, and gives students soccer balls to toss into the baskets, creating basketball. (1891)

1 The Civil Air Patrol is founded. (1941)

1 In Montgomery, Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to give up her seat in the front section  of a bus. (1955)

2. The toilet paper roll was patented (Patent #465,588) (1891)

2 Barney B. Clark receives the world's first artificial heart transplant. (1982)

5 The 21st Amendment repeals Prohibition. I'll drink to that! (1933)

7 Martin Van Buren becomes the eighth President of the United States, and the first president to be born in this country.

7 Thomas Edison exhibited the phonograph in 1877

7 Pearl Harbor was bombed in a surprise Japanese attack. It marked the U.S. entry into WWII.(1941)

8 John Lennon, singer, guitarist, songwriter, and poet for the Beatles, was assassinated in New York City by Mark David Chapman in 1980.

10 The Enyclopeida Brittanica was first published in Edinburhg, Scotland. (1768)

10 Wyoming, a territory of the U.S., allowed women to vote and hold office (1869).

10 Dr. Martin  Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize. (1964)

13 The Clip-on tie is created. (1928)

15 The Bill of Rights are enacted, amending the U.S. Constitution (1791)

15 Sioux Chief Sitting Bull was killed by Indian police.(1890)

15 Gone With the Wind premiered in where else but Atlanta, Georgia. (1939)

15 Infamous band leader Glenn Miller died in a plane crash over the English Channel.(1944)

16 Boston residents protesting British taxation threw tea overboard on a British ship . The Boston Tea Party was the beginning of the American fight for independence.

16 The famous World War II "Battle of the Bulge" began. (1944)

17 Charles Dickens classic "A Chritsmas Carol" was published. (1843)

17 The Wright Brothers made their first airplane flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C. (1903)

19 Charles Dickens published "A Christmas Carol". (1843)

21 The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts. (1620)

19 Charles Dickens publishes A Christmas Carol. (1843)

20 Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life" premieres. (1946)

21 "Snow White" premiered at theaters. (1937)

23 The transistor was invented by U.S. physicists John Bardeen, Walter H. Britain, and William Shockley. (1947)

24 Franz Joseph Gruber composed "Silent Night". (1818)

25 Jesus Christ is born in a little town in Bethlehem (0)

25 William the Conqueror is crowned the King of England. (1066)

26 James Mason invents the coffee percolator. (1865)

27 Radio City Music Hall in New York City opens. (1932)

28 William F. Semple patented chewing gum.  (1869)

30 Edwin Hubble announces the existence of other galactic systems. (1924) Yes, the Hubble telescope was later named after him.

30 The Roy Rogers Show premieres on television. (1951)

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