What Happened in December 2011

Historical Events

  • Dec 3 20th SEC Championship Game: #1 LSU beats #16 Georgia, 42-10
  • Dec 3 7th ACC Championship Game: #21 Clemson beats #5 Virginia Tech, 38-10
  • Dec 4 100th Davis Cup: Spain beats Argentina in Seville (3-1)

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Dec 11 Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek suffers a minor heart attack in his home and is admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Host of Jeopardy! Alex Trebek
Host of Jeopardy!
Alex Trebek
  • Dec 12 77th Heisman Trophy Award: Robert Griffin III, Baylor (QB)

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Dec 15 Barry Bonds is sentenced to 30 days of house arrest, two years of probation and 250 hours of community service, for an obstruction of justice conviction stemming from a grand jury appearance in 2003

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds

Famous Weddings

  • Dec 5 American game show host and executive producer Jeff Probst (50) weds actress/model Lisa Ann Russell (40) at a private house in Los Angeles

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 9 "Nothing Compares 2 U" singer Sinead O'Connor (45) weds Irish therapist Barry Herridge (38) at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas

Singer-Songwriter Sinead O'Connor
Sinead O'Connor
  • Dec 17 Backstreet Boys member A. J. McLean (34) weds model Rochelle Karidis (30) in an outdoor wedding at Beverly Hills, California
  • Dec 17 "The Descendants" actress Judy Greer (36) weds "Real Time with Bill Mahe"r co-executive producer Dean Johnsen at the Los Angeles Athletic Club
  • Dec 22 "Big Bang Theory" Indian actor Kunal Nayyar (30) weds Miss India 2006 winner Neha Kapur (28) in New Delhi, India
  • Dec 28 "Stargate SG-1" actor Christopher Judge (47) weds actress and model Gianna Patton (33)
  • Dec 30 Scottish actor David Tennant (40) weds actress Georgia Moffett (27) in London, United Kingdom
  • Dec 31 "American Idol" alum and rocker James Durbin (22) weds Heidi Lowe at the edge of a redwood and oak forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 27 "New Girl" actress Zooey Deschanel (31) divorces "Death Cab for Cutie" singer Ben Gibbard (35) due to irreconcilable differences

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Christa Wolf, German writer (b. 1929)
  • Dec 3 Dev Anand, Indian actor (b. 1923)
  • Dec 3 Philip Burrell, influential Jamaican record producer, dies of a heart attack at 57
  • Dec 4 Sócrates, Brazilian footballer (b. 1954)
  • Dec 4 Hubert Sumlin, American blues guitarist (b. 1931)
  • Dec 5 Peter Gethin, British racing driver (b. 1940)
  • Dec 5 Gennady Logofet, Russian footballer (b. 1942)
  • Dec 6 Dobie Gray, American musician and singer ("Drift Away"), dies at 71

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Dec 7 Harry Morgan, American actor (Colonel Potter-M*A*S*H) dies at 96

  • Dec 8 Minoru Miky, Japanese composer for traditional Japanese instruments, dies at 84
  • Dec 13 Russell Hoban, American author (creator of 'Frances' series), dies at 86
  • Dec 13 Park Tae-joon, South Korean general and founder of steel giant Posco, dies at 84
  • Dec 14 Boris Chertok, prominent Soviet and Russian rocket engineer, dies at 99
  • Dec 15 Andy Carey, third baseman for 1950s New York Yankees, dies at 80
  • Dec 15 Christopher Hitchens, author and journalist (Vanity Fair, New Statesman) dies of oesophageal cancer aged 62.
  • Dec 16 Nicol Williamson, Scottish actor (Excalibur), dies of esophageal cancer at 75

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Dec 17 Kim Jong-il, supreme leader of North Korea (DPRK) 1994-2011, dies of a suspected heart attack at 70

Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-il
Supreme Leader of North Korea
Kim Jong-il
  • Dec 22 James Ramseur, one of Bernhard Goetz's assailants in 1984, overdoses on drugs at 45
  • Dec 23 Denise Darcel, French actress, dies of complications from a ruptured aneurysm at 87
  • Dec 29 Bobby Purify [Robert Lee Dickey], American soul singer (I'm Your Puppet), dies at 72
  • Dec 30 Eva Zeisel, Hungarian-born ceramic designer, dies at 105
  • Dec 30 Mirko Tremaglia, fiercely nationalist Italian politician, dies at 85
  • Dec 31 Omus Hirshbein, classical music impresario and music director, dies at 77