On December 19:
Henry II of England was crowned at Westminster Abbey.
, the Susan Constant , and the Godspeed left England carrying settlers who found, at Discovery Jamestown, Virginia, the first of the thirteen colonies that became the United States.
Philip V of Spain, was born.
Mary Livermore, American journalist and women’s rights advocate, was born.
Édith Piaf, French singer and actress, was born.
King Constantine I was restored as King of the Hellenes after the death of his son Alexander I of Greece and a plebiscite.
Gordon Jackson, Scottish actor, was born.
1924 The last
Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost was sold in London.
Robert B. Sherman, American songwriter, was born.
BBC World Service began broadcasting as the BBC Empire Service.
Pratibha Patil, President of India, was born.
1941 The Royal Navy cruiser
HMS struck enemy mines and sank off Libya – more than 750 men lost their lives including 150 New Zealanders. Neptune
Adolf Hitler became Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the German Army.
Maurice White, American singer and songwriter ( Earth, Wind & Fire), was born.
Zal Yanovsky, Canadian guitarist ( The Lovin’ Spoonful, was born.
1946 Start of the
First Indochina War.
Apollo program: The last manned lunar flight, , crewed by Apollo 17 Eugene Cernan, Ron Evans and Harrison Schmitt, returned to Earth.
1983 The original
FIFA World Cup trophy, the Jules Rimet Trophy, was stolen from the headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation.
Sino-British Joint Declaration, stating that the People’s Republic of China would resume the exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong and the United Kingdom would restore Hong Kong to China with effect from July 1, 1997 was signed in Beijing by Deng Xiaoping and Margaret Thatcher.
Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives forwarded articles I and III of impeachment against President Bill Clinton to the Senate.
2001 A record high barometric pressure of 1085.6 hPa (32.06 inHg )was recorded at
Tosontsengel, Khövsgöl Province, Mongolia.
Argentine economic crisis: December 2001 riots – Riots erupted in Buenos Aires.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.