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19282nd Test Cricket Australia v England starts with Bradman 12th man

1941Premier Winston Churchill travels to US on board HMS Duke of York

1958Pat Summerall kicks game winning field goal for the New York Giants against the Cleveland Browns at Yankee Stadium

1982Marcel Dionne, LA, becomes 9th NHLer to score 500 goals

1967Lester B. Pearson (PM of Canada) announces that he is retiring from politics, and is succeeded by Pierre Trudeau

1918Giacomo Puccini's opera "Il Trittico" premieres in NYC

1920Jack Dempsey KOs Bill Brennan in 12 for heavyweight boxing title in NYC

2003President George W. Bush announces the capture of Saddam Hussein.

2008President George W. Bush made his fourth and final (planned) trip to Iraq as president and almost struck by two shoes thrown at him by Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi during a farewell conference in Baghdad.

1990Louis Jordan's revue "Five Guys Named Moe" premieres in London

1997Phoenix Coyote Mike Gartner is 5th NHLer to score 700 goals

1980Nancy Lopez/Curtis Strange wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic

1968Bobby Orr scores first career hat trick (vs Chicago Blackhawks)

1542Princess Mary Stuart succeeds her father James V and becomes Queen Mary I of Scotland at 6 days old

December 14th Historical Events
Date Event
644
Uthman ibn Affan, companion of Mmohammed, appointed 3rd Caliph of islam 
867
Adrian II begins his reign as Catholic Pope 
872
John VIII elected as Catholic Pope 
1124
Theobald Buccapecus elected Pope Coelestinus II (he refuses) 
1287
During St. Lucia's Flood in Northwest Netherlands the Zuiderzee seawall collapses with loss of over 50,000 lives. Fifth largest recorded flood in history 
1542
Princess Mary Stuart succeeds her father James V and becomes Queen Mary I of Scotland at 6 days old 
1575
Polish Parliament selects Istvan Bathory as king of Poland 
1582
Zealand/Brabant Neth adopt Gregorian calendar, tomorrow is 12/25 
1600
Olivier van Noort sinks Spanish galleon San Diego at Bay of Manila, 350 die 
1656
Artificial pearls 1st manufactured by M Jacquin in Paris made of gypsum pellets covered with fish scales 
1702
The Forty-seven Ronin, under the command of Ōishi Kuranosuke, avenge the death of their master. 
1708
Prosper Jolyot's "Electre" premieres in Paris 
1774
Portsmouth, New Hampshire militiamen successfully attacked arsenal of Ft William & Mary 
1782
Charleston, SC evacuated by British 
1793
1st state road authorized, Frankfort, Ky to Cincinnati 
1798
David Wilkinson of Rhode Island patents a nut & bolt machine 
1819
Alabama admitted to Union as 22nd state 
1836
The Toledo War unofficially ends. 
1849
1st chamber music group in US gives their 1st concert (Boston) 
1863
Battle of Bean's Station-Confederacy repulses Union in Tennessee 
1882
Henry Morton Stanley returns to Brussels from the Congo 
1889
American Academy of Political & Social Science organized, Phila 
1894
Day One 1st Test Cricket Aus v Eng Aust 5-346 (Giffen 161, Gregory 85) 
1894
Test Cricket debut of Joe Darling, Ernie Jones, Archie MacLaren 
1896
The Glasgow Underground Railway is opened by the Glasgow District Subway Company. 
1897
Emilio Aguinaldo signs the Pact of Biak-na-Bato, to end hostilities and dissolve his government, in exchange for amnesty and "$800,000 (Mexican)" as an indemnity 
1900
Birth of Quantum Physics: Max Planck presents a theoretical derivation of his black-body radiation law. 
1900
France and Italy sign a secret agreement by which Italy recognizes France's right to exploit Morocco in return for France's conceding her the same right in Tripoli 
1901
1st table tennis tournament is held (London Royal Aquarium) 
1903
Reg Foster completes 287 England v Australia on Test Cricket debut 
1907
The schooner Thomas W. Lawson runs aground and founders near the Hellweather's Reef within the Scilly Isles in a gale. The pilot and 15 seamen die. 
1911
South Pole 1st reached, by Norwegian Roald Amundsen 
1913
Greece formally takes possession of Crete 
1914
Lisandro de la Torre and others found the Democratic Progressist Party (Partido Demócrata Progresista, PDP) at the Hotel Savoy, Buenos Aires. 
1915
Jack Johnson is 1st black world heavyweight boxing champion 
1917
UFA, Universal Film AG, forms in Germany 
1918
Giacomo Puccini's opera "Il Trittico" premieres in NYC 
1920
Jack Dempsey KOs Bill Brennan in 12 for heavyweight boxing title in NYC 
1923
Gerard K "Simon" van het Reve, Dutch writer (Evenings) 
1924
Chiang Kai-shek occupies Hankou 
1924
Respighi's symphony "Pini di Roma" premieres in Paris 
1926
Danish Madsen government forms 
1927
Iraq gains independence from Britain, but British troops remain 
1928
2nd Test Cricket Australia v England starts with Bradman 12th man 
1929
Alexander Zaimis elected president of Greece 
1930
NY Giants defeat Notre Dame 22-0 in a charity game 
1931
1st assembly of Anton Musserts NSB in Utrecht 
1932
French government of Herriot falls 
1933
Josephine Baker performs in Amsterdam 
1934
1st streamlined steam locomotive introduced (Albany NY) 
1935
Test Cricket debut of "Chuck" Fleetwood-Smith v South Africa, Durban 
1937
Japanese troops conquer/plunder Nanjing 
1938
AL permits Cleveland & Philadelphia to play night games 
1938
Major leagues agrees on standard ball 
1938
Major leagues disagree on increasing rosters from 23 to 25 
1938
Will Harridge is elected to a 10-year-term as AL president 
1939
Soviet Union attacks Finland-League of Nations drops Soviet Union 
1941
1st NFL division playoff, Bears beat Packers 33-14 
1941
Premier Winston Churchill travels to US on board HMS Duke of York 
1941
U-557 torpedoes British cruiser Galatea 
1944
Begin(ning) Liese-Aktion: werving of labor force for Germany 
1944
Congress establshes rank of General of Army (5-star General) 
1944
German occupiers forbid use of electricity in parts of Holland 
1945
Elmer Rice' "Dream Girl" premieres in NYC 
1946
"Three to Make Ready" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 323 perfs 
1946
Togo made a trusteeship territory of UN 
1946
UN General Assembly votes to establish UN HQs in NYC 
1947
Cleveland Browns beat NY Yankees 14-3 in AAFC championship game 
1947
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is founded in Daytona Beach, Florida. 
1950
"Bless You All" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 84 perfs 
1950
UN Gen Assembly establishes High Comm for Refugees (Nobel 1954) 
1950
Baseball owners choose Lou Perini (Braves), Phil Wrigley (Cubs), Del Webb (Yankees), & Ellis Ryan (Indians) to select new commissioner 
1952
KROD (now KDBC) TV channel 4 in El Paso, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting 
1952
R H Shodhan scores 110 on Test Cricket debut v Pakistan, Calcutta 
1952
Uprising of captives in Pongam South Korea, 82 die 
1953
Brooklyn Dodgers sign pitcher Sandy Koufax 
1954
WOAY TV channel 4 in Oak Hill-Beckley, WV (ABC) begins broadcasting 
1955
Dutch Reformed Church condemns woman/wife as vicar 
1955
Tappan Zee Bridge in NY opens to traffic 
1956
Paul-Henri Spaak appointed secretary-general of NATO 
1957
"Most Happy Fella" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 678 perfs 
1957
"Rumple" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 45 performances 
1958
Pat Summerall kicks game winning field goal for the New York Giants against the Cleveland Browns at Yankee Stadium 
1959
Archbishop Makarios proclaimed president of Cyprus 
1959
J B Jordan in F-104C sets world altitude record, 31,513m 
1960
Australia v West Indies 1st Test Cricket at the Gabba ends in a tie 
1960
Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) forms 
1960
Washington Senators joins American League 
1961
Jimmy Dean's "Big Bad John" is 1st country song to get a gold record 
1962
Mariner 2 makes 1st US fly-by of another planet (Venus) 
1962
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1963
Verne Gagne beats The Crusher in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ 
1964
Michael Brown meets Rene Fladen, then writes "Walk Away Rene" 
1965
"La Grusse Valise" opens at 54th St Theater NYC for 7 performances 
1967
DNA created in a test tube 
1967
Lester B. Pearson (PM of Canada) announces that he is retiring from politics, and is succeeded by Pierre Trudeau 
1968
Bobby Orr scores first career hat trick (vs Chicago Blackhawks) 
1969
"La Strada" opens/closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC for 1 performance 
1969
Bishen Bedi takes 7-98 (career-best) v Australia at Calcutta 
1969
Jackson Five made their 1st appearance on "Ed Sullivan Show" 
1971
Golden Gate Bridge lights out all night due to power failure 
1971
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1972
Eugene Cernan & Harrison Schmitt leave the Moon 
1972
Willy Brandt re-elected West German chancellor 
1974
Islander Glenn Resch's 1st shut-out opponent-Kings 3-0 
1974
Viv Richards scores 1st Test Cricket ton 192 v India 20 fours 6 sixes 
1975
"Treemonisha" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 64 performances 
1975
6 So Moluccan terrorists surrender, holding 23 hostages for 12 days 
1975
WCPR (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins broadcasting on 1620 AM 
1976
Dutch 1st Chamber condemns Dutch Liberal/social dem abortion laws 
1976
Oil tanker Argo Merchant runs aground on the Nantucket Shoals, spilling 7.6 million US gallons (29,000 m3) of No. 6 fuel oil 
1977
"Saturday Night Fever" starring John Travolta, premieres in NYC 
1977
Egypt & Israel reps gather in Cairo for 1st formal peace conference 
1977
Red Sox trade Fergie Jenkins to Rangers for John Poloni & cash 
1977
Test Cricket debut of Abdul Qadir, v England at Lahore 
1977
War criminal Pieter Menten sentenced in Amsterdam to 15 years 
1978
"Ballroom" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 116 performances 
1978
China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC 
1978
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1979
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1980
"Onward Victoria" opens/closes at Martin Beck NYC for 1 performance 
1980
Anders Kailur scores on 6th Islander penalty shot 
1980
At 2 PM EST there is 10 minutes of silence in memory of John Lennon 
1980
Minnesota Vikings pass for 456 yards against Cleveland Browns, winning 28-24 
1980
Nancy Lopez/Curtis Strange wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic 
1980
New Orleans Saints end 14 game losing streak, beat NY Jets 21-20 
1980
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1981
Israel annexes Golan Heights (seized from Syria in war of 1967) 
1982
Marcel Dionne, LA, becomes 9th NHLer to score 500 goals 
1983
"Peg" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 5 performances 
1984
Sportscaster Howard Cosell retires from Monday Night Football 
1985
US Foreign Minister George Shultz arrives in West Berlin 
1986
Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan & Jeana Yeager, took off from Edwards AFB, California on 1st non-stop, non-refueled flight around world 
1987
Allan Border scores 205 v NZ to become Australia's top rungetter 
1987
Chrysler pleads no contest to selling driven vehicles as new 
1988
CBS' $1.1 B bid wins exclusive 1990-94 major-league baseball rights 
1988
NBA's Miami Heat wins 1st game ever, 89-88 (Clippers), after 17 loses 
1988
Spanish General strike to protest austerity measures 
1988
US agrees to talk to Palestine Liberation Org (1st time in 13 yrs) 
1990
Louis Jordan's revue "Five Guys Named Moe" premieres in London 
1990
Right to Die case permits Nancy Cruzan to have her feeding tube removed, she dies 12 days later 
1991
57th Heisman Trophy Award: Desmond Howard, Michigan (WR) 
1991
Ferry boat Salem Express sinks in Red Sea, 476 killed 
1992
Lennox Lewis given WBC title, when Riddick Bowe refused to fight him 
1993
Moslem fundamentalists murder 12 Kroates/Bosnians in Algeria 
1994
Construction begins on the Three Gorges Dam, China 
1995
"Les Miserables" opens at Cable Hall, Helsinki 
1995
AIDS patient Jeff Getty recieves baboon bone marrow transplant 
1995
Yugoslav Wars: The Dayton Agreement is signed in Paris by leaders of various governments ending the conflict in former Yugoslavia 
1996
12th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins 
1996
62nd Heisman Trophy Award: Danny Wuerffel, Florida (QB) 
1997
"View From the Bridge" opens at Criterion Theater, NYC 
1997
Diners Club Senior Golf Match 
1997
Juli Inkster & Dottie Pepper win LPGA Diners Club Matches 
1997
Phoenix Coyote Mike Gartner is 5th NHLer to score 700 goals 
2003
President of Pakistan Pervez Musharaf narrowly escapes an assassination attempt. 
2003
President George W. Bush announces the capture of Saddam Hussein
2004
The Millau viaduct, the highest bridge in the world, near Millau, France is officially opened. 
2008
President George W. Bush made his fourth and final (planned) trip to Iraq as president and almost struck by two shoes thrown at him by Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi during a farewell conference in Baghdad. 
2012
28 people, including 20 children, are shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut 
2012
Australian Joel Parkinson wins the 2012 ASP World Tour 
2012
Gene Wolfe wins the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award 
2015
Bus plunges from bridge in Argentina; 41 dead 
2015
Dazzling new airplane patent offers seats on top of aircraft 
2015
More than 700000 evacuated as Typhoon Melor batters Philippines 
2015
Bus plunges from bridge in Argentina; 43 dead 
2015
Plumber sues dealership for $1 million after truck ends up with terrorists 
2015
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred will not reinstate Pete Rose 
2016
China Warns Trump Ignoring One-China Policy Could Hurt Peace 
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