What Happened in December 2015

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 Attack on a social services centre in San Bernardino, California kills 14 and wounds 17
  • Dec 3 US Defense Secretary Ash Carter announces all combat roles in US armed forced will be opened to women
  • Dec 4 Floods in Chennai and Tamil Nadu state, India start receding after a month of heavy rainfall, leaving more 260 dead and thousands stranded

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Dec 7 Time Magazine readers name Bernie Sanders their 'person of the year'

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
  • Dec 7 Beijing issues its 1st ever red alert for pollution

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Dec 7 US Presidential candidate Donald Trump proposes banning all Muslims from entering the US

Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Dec 9 Attack on Kandahar airport by Taliban forces kills at least 37 before Afghan forces retake control
  • Dec 9 Amazon's best-selling book of the year is "Girl on a Train" by Paula Hwakins

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Dec 9 German Chancellor Angela Merkel named Time Magazine's Person of the Year, for her handling of debt and refugee crises

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
  • Dec 10 Scientists at Cornell University announce world's first IVF puppies successfully born from a surrogate dog
  • Dec 11 Unrest in Burundi leads to clashes between authorities and protesters in Bujumbura, killing at least 87
  • Dec 11 "Playboy" magazine publishes its last nude issue, featuring Pamela Anderson on the cover
  • Dec 12 First women ever elected in Saudi Arabia in municipal council elections
  • Dec 13 COP21 climate change summit in Paris reaches a deal between nearly 200 countries to attempt to tackle rising global tempertures
  • Dec 13 Irishman Conor McGregor knocks out Brazilian Jose Aldo in 13 seconds to win his 1st featherweight title in Las Vegas
  • Dec 14 Bus plunges off bridge into Balboa River near Argentina city of Rosario de la Frontera, killing 43 frontier police on board

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Dec 14 "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" directed by J.J. Abrams and starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Harrison Ford has its world premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles

  • Dec 15 1,000 schools closed in Los Angeles after a email threat, supposedly from jihadists
  • Dec 15 Mayor of Flint, Michigan declares state of emergency over contaminated water supplies amid calls for a a criminal investigation
  • Dec 15 Fifth Republican presidential candidates debate in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Dec 16 US Federal Reserve raises interest rates by 0.25% for the first time since 2006
  • Dec 17 José Mourinho is sacked as manager of British Premier football club Chelsea
  • Dec 17 Martin Shkreli, CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals is arrested on fraud charges in New York by the FBI
  • Dec 17 Libyan warring political factions sign a UN-brokered deal to form a unified government
  • Dec 19 Third Democratic presidential candidates debate, broadcast by ABC, held in Goffstown, New Hampshire
  • Dec 20 Landslide from construction waste in Shenzhen, China leaves 74 dead or missing and buries 30 buildings
  • Dec 26 Floods in Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay displace 150,000, blamed on El Nino
  • Dec 27 Iraqi forces retake IS held city of Ramadi (ISIS first captured in May)
  • Dec 28 Japan and South Korea reach agreement over WWII "comfort women", Japan apologies and pays 1bn yen compensation
  • Dec 29 Ebola epidemic in Guinea declared over by WHO, 2,500 died over 2 years
  • Dec 31 US law enforcement kills 1,134 in 2015, young black men 9x more likely to be victims

Famous Weddings

  • Dec 20 Broadcaster Christine Bleakley (36) weds footballer Frank Lampard (37) at Saint Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London
  • Dec 23 TV Host Carson Daly (42) weds Siri Pinter in a church ceremony
  • Dec 31 TV presenter Alex Jones (38) weds Charlie Thomson in a magical ceremony at Cardiff Castle

Famous Divorces

  • Dec 4 Actors Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas divorce after 19 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 Anthony Valentine, British actor (Colditz), dies at 76
  • Dec 3 Scott Weiland, American musician (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver), dies at 48
  • Dec 4 Robert Loggia, American actor (Officer & a Gentleman, Scarface), dies at 85
  • Dec 6 Holly Woodlawn, transgender Puerto Rican actress (Warhol films), dies at 69
  • Dec 8 Mattiwilda Dobbs, American soprano, dies at 90
  • Dec 8 Bonnie Lou [Mary Joan Okum] American Rockabilly musician, dies at 91
  • Dec 10 Dolph Schayes, American basketball Hall of Famer (Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers), dies at 87
  • Dec 11 John "Hot Rod" Williams, American NBA center/forward (Phoenix Suns), dies of cancer at 53
  • Dec 14 Lillian Vernon, founder and CEO of the Lillian Vernon Corporation (first company listed on US stock exchange started by a woman), dies at 88
  • Dec 15 Ken Pogue, Canadian actor (Adderly, Katts and Dog), dies of cancer at 81
  • Dec 19 Kurt Masur, German conductor (New York Philharmonic), dies at 88
  • Dec 20 Patricia Elliott, American actress (Renee-Empire, One Life to Live), dies at 77
  • Dec 23 Alfred G. Gilman, American scientist, (1994 Nobel Prize for G-protein discoveries), dies at 74
  • Dec 24 William Guest, American singer (Gladys Knight Show), dies at 74
  • Dec 27 Stevie Wright, British-born Australian singer with the Easybeats (Friday on my Mind), dies at 68
  • Dec 27 Meadowlark Lemmon, American basketball star (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 83
  • Dec 27 Haskell Wexler, American cinematographer and director, dies at 93
  • Dec 27 Stein Eriksen, Norwegian giant slalom (Olympic-gold-1952), dies at 88
  • Dec 28 Lemmy [Ian Kilminster], heavy metal musician (Motorhead), dies at 70
  • Dec 28 Ian Murdock, German-born American computer programmer (Debian project, Progeny Linux Systems), dies at 42
  • Dec 29 Frank Malzone, American MLB player (Boston Red Sox), dies at 85
  • Dec 30 Doug Atkins, NFL hall of famer (Browns, Bears, Saints), dies at 85
  • Dec 30 Howard Edward Davis Jr., boxer (Olympic-silver-1976), dies at 59
  • Dec 31 Wayne Rogers, American actor (M*A*S*H, House Calls), dies at 82
  • Dec 31 Natalie Cole, American vocalist (Pink Cadillac, Miss You Like Crazy), dies at 65
  • Dec 31 Beth Howland, American actress (Vera - Alice, Company), dies at 74