by 👨💻 Graham Pierrepoint
The cold snap is closing in, and so is the festive season – and it’s time to take a quick look back at some of the bigger stories from Decembers past, as we fire up the One News Page time machine once again to take a peek at our recent and not-so recent history – as a species!
December 10th, 1901 – First Nobel Peace Prizes
The Nobel Peace Prize celebrates its 117th birthday this week, as the first-ever recipients – activist Frederic Passy and Red Cross head Jean Henri Durant – received their accolades in 1901.
Famous Birthday: Kenneth Branagh (Actor and Director), 58
December 11th, 1936 – Edward VIII Abdicates
Has there been a more stunning Royal scandal since? On this day in 1936, King Edward VIII of Great Britain revealed via radio that he would be abdicating the throne and marrying Wallis Simpson as a basic citizen.
Famous Birthday: Rey Mysterio (Wrestler), 44
December 12th, 1800 – A Capital Confirmed
How do you decide upon a capital city in a country as big as the US? Washington DC ascended to capital status on this day in 1800.
Famous Birthday: Frank Sinatra (Legendary Singer), 1915 - 1998
December 13th, 2003 – Saddam Hussein Captured
“We’ve got him” – a pivotal moment in the controversial War on Terror as ex-Iraq President Saddam Hussein was discovered in hiding and captured by US forces. He was later executed after trial.
Famous Birthday: Jamie Foxx (Actor and Singer), 51
December 14th, 1542 – The Youngest Monarch in History?
James V’s next of kin to the Scottish throne was his daughter, Princess Mary Stuart – who became Queen of Scotland at the age of 6 days old!
Famous Birthday: Vanessa Hudgens (Actor and Singer), 30
December 15th, 1939 – ‘Gone With The Wind’ Released
Frankly, my dear, plenty gave a damn – as the Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh classic remains the highest-grossing movie of all time (with inflation not adjusted), following its Atlanta premiere on this day almost 80 years ago.
Famous Birthday: Nero (5th Roman Emperor), 37 - 68
December 16th, 1689 – Britain’s Own Bill of Rights
On this date in 1689, England would produce its own Bill of Rights which would ultimately curb monarchy power and would establish the current regular election system in the country we see today.
Famous Birthday: Jane Austen (Author), 1775 - 1817
Join us for more time travelling this time next week!