This Day in History - December

Can you guess these things that happened in the month of December?
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Last updated: January 3, 2021
First submittedDecember 9, 2012
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Dec 1
This woman refuses to give up her bus seat in Montgomery, Alabama
Rosa Parks
Dec 2
Franz Josef I becomes the leader of this empire
Austrian Empire
Dec 3
Thousands die after a toxic gas leak near the city of Bhopal in this country
Dec 4
At an "acid test" in California, this rock band performs for the first time
under its current name
The Grateful Dead
Dec 5
This period of American history comes to an end, following the
ratification of the 21st amendment
Dec 6
This socialist is elected President of Venezuela
Hugo Chávez
Dec 7
The Japanese attack this American naval base
Pearl Harbor
Dec 8
This famous musician is killed by Mark David Chapman in New York City
John Lennon
Dec 9
This disease is declared to be eradicated
Dec 10
These awards were given for the first time, in Stockholm
Nobel Prizes
Dec 11
This British king abdicates
Edward VIII
Dec 12
This Italian inventor receives the first international radio transmission
Guglielmo Marconi
Dec 13
Gene Cernan becomes the last of twelve people to walk here
The Moon
Dec 14
Construction begins on the Three Gorges Dam on this river
Dec 15
The U.S. announces it will establish official diplomatic relations
with China, and sever them with this country
Dec 16
This leader becomes Lord Protector of England
Oliver Cromwell
Dec 17
This notorious dictator dies, leaving his doughy young son in charge
Kim Jong-il
Dec 18
This Tchaikovsky ballet is performed for the first time
The Nutcracker
Dec 19
This politician is impeached
Bill Clinton
Dec 20
Portugal returns this territory to China
Dec 21
Pan Am flight 103 explodes over Lockerbie, Scotland.
This country later admits responsibility.
Dec 22
Hitler orders the mass production of this technically impressive,
but largely useless, ballistic missile
Dec 23
"Emma", by this British novelist, is first published
Jane Austen
Dec 24
This English sea captain discovers Kiritimati, aka, Christmas Island
James Cook
Dec 25
A temple to the sun god Sol Invictus is dedicated in this city
Dec 26
A deadly tsunami is caused by 9.3 earthquake off the coast of this country
Dec 27
This naturalist embarks on his journey aboard the HMS Beagle
Charles Darwin
Dec 28
This abbey, burial place of British monarchs, is consecrated
Westminster Abbey
Dec 29
This "mad monk" is murdered in St. Petersburg, Russia
Grigori Rasputin
Dec 30
This former Iraqi leader is hanged
Saddam Hussein
Dec 31
This country is officially dissolved
Soviet Union
Level 89
Apr 22, 2014
Took me forever to come up with the right ballet, even with the December clue. Couldn't get past Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty.
Level 74
Dec 1, 2015
Great job on the quiz - happy December to everyone!
Level 80
Dec 1, 2015
Ugh, kept trying Gadaffi, but turns out he's October.
Level 36
Dec 1, 2015
Can you accept Harbour for the Pearl Harbour question for all the Brits.
Level ∞
Dec 3, 2015
Level 69
Apr 30, 2021
I don't think you should accept that. Everyone interested in history should know about Pearl Harbour.
Level 81
Dec 6, 2018
in that case please also accept "Paeourques" for "Parks"
Level 73
Mar 28, 2020
'park' has the same spelling in British and American English, and in this case is a surname, so should be spelt the same way in any variety of English.
Level 67
Dec 1, 2015
Can you accept Variola or Variola vera for smallpox cause it's the name for disease in Latin?
Level 78
Oct 15, 2017
It's an English quiz though.
Level 76
Dec 4, 2018
That may be, but it's also called Variola in English.
Level 45
Dec 6, 2015
I resent "Edward" being a correct answer.
Level 83
Sep 2, 2018
Tell that massively inbred family to choose from more than 12 names in 900 years, naming each other after their brother-uncles, i.e., bruncles.
Level 73
Mar 28, 2020
What's wrong with a monarch naming himself after an ancestor? There were 28 different Louis's in France.
Level 78
Dec 1, 2018
If one knows the name but is unsure of the number, it's easy to write the name then quickly run through the numbers. This is one shortcut that makes perfect sense. (As Someone said, there are a limited number of names so even if one doesn't know the name, it is easy to try them all with all the low numbers.)
Level 70
Jun 17, 2016
You might not resent it if you had to put in the alternatives when making the quiz e.g. 'the eighth'....... VIII...... v111 ..... 8th ....... the viii..... the V111..... etc .....etc
Level 37
Apr 22, 2018
Besides, only one "King" Edward abdicated that year, so the answer is obvious. (I put King in quotation marks because, although as the elder son he succeeded his father, the coronation ceremony had not yet taken place at the time of his abdication).
Level 58
Dec 2, 2018
He was King the moment his father died.
Level 56
Aug 21, 2020
"The king is dead. Long live the king".
Level 82
Nov 3, 2018
You would really accept "V111"?
Level 73
Mar 28, 2020
certainly not.
Level 71
Jul 21, 2017
Nice quiz! Would it work if you removed the name of the guy who shot Lennon seeing as he only did it to be famous - prefer not to pander to his reason
Level 72
Apr 1, 2018
Gaddafi? No? Then, Ghaddafi? Ghadaffi? Ghadavi? - well, it turns out he wasn‘t the only dictator to die in 2011 *facepalm*
Level 76
Dec 1, 2018
Don't forget the versions that start with Q
Level 51
Dec 8, 2020
Qadaffi? Khadaffi? You spell it any way you pronounce it.
Level 71
May 5, 2020
The USSR was dissolved on December 26th when the Supreme Soviet voted itself and the USSR out of existence. On December 31, the Russian Federation was designated as the successor to the USSR by the United Nations.
Level 71
Aug 21, 2020
The wording for the moon question seems to imply that no one will ever walk on the moon again - maybe replace 'final' with 'latest?
Level ∞
Aug 21, 2020
Level 82
Aug 21, 2020
Twelve people walked on the moon, not eleven.
Level ∞
Aug 21, 2020
Confusing because Cernan was the eleventh, but also the last. Someone must have walked on the moon in between. I changed the clue slightly.
Level 73
Aug 21, 2020
it may have been the Soup Dragon
Level 79
Aug 21, 2020
Doughy? Look out, they have nukes and have gotten angry for less. :D
Level 71
Aug 22, 2020
On the Cernan question, the plural of "person" is "people". Just saying.
Level 51
Dec 1, 2020
Today's the 65th Anniversary of Rosa Parks' Montgomery Bus Boycott!
Level 73
Dec 20, 2020
Arrgghghh.... got everything but the 'Grateful Dead'.
Level 73
Dec 20, 2020
For Dec 13 (my birthday incidentally), 'person' should be 'people'.
Level 48
Jan 3, 2021
In the one about the moon, there is a type instead of saying 12 people it says 12 person
Level ∞
Jan 3, 2021
Level 54
Apr 2, 2021
Love this series - I don't think the grateful Dead belong anywhere near here

The Beatles, Hendrix, Bowie, sure, the Grateful Dead aren't something to have the same global impact!