On December 2:
Madeleine Sophie Barat, French saint, was born.
Henry Wells, Founder of American Express, was born.
USS Cairo sank on the Yazoo River, becoming the first armored ship to be sunk by an electrically detonated mine.
Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter, was born.
Self Portrait with Skeleton Arm, 1895
Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina became the first black U.S. congressman.
Edward G. Robinson, American actor, was born.
Sammy Davis, Sr., American dancer, was born.
Guglielmo Marconi received the first transatlantic radio signal at Signal Hill in St John’s, Newfoundland.
Delhi replaced Calcutta as the capital of India.
Frank Sinatra, American singer and actor, was born.
six o’clock swill began.
Robert Noyce, American inventor of the microship, was born.
John Osborne, English dramatist, was born.
Lebensborn Project, a Nazi reproduction programme, was founded by Heinrich Himmler.
A Lebensborn birth house
Connie Francis, American singer, was born.
Dionne Warwick, American singer, was born.
Adolf Hitler announced the extermination of the Jews at a meeting in the Reich Chancellery.
Batang Kali Massacre – 14 members of the Scots Guards stationed in Malaysia allegedly massacred 24 unarmed civilians and set fire to the village.
Bill Nighy, English actor, was born.
Paula Ackerman, the first woman appointed to perform rabbinical functions in the United States, led the congregation in her first services.
Kenya gained its independence from the United Kingdom.
1964 Prime Minister
Jomo Kenyatta became the first President of the Republic of Kenya.
Will Carling, English rugby union footballer, was born.
Rhodesia changed its name to Zimbabwe.
1982 Women’s peace protest at
Greenham Common – 30,000 women held hands and formed a human chain around the 14.5 kilometres (9.0 mi) perimeter fence.
Clapham Junction rail crash killed thirty-five and injures hundreds after two collisions of three commuter trains.
Russian Federation gained independence from the USSR.
Peugeot produces its last car at the Ryton Plant signalling the end of mass car production in Coventry, formerly a major centre of the British motor industry.
Sourced from NZ HIstory Online & Wikipedia.