On This Day

December 2011 in History

Events in History


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 15 Former French President Jacques Chirac is convicted of diverting public funds, receives a two-year suspended prison sentence

President of France Jacques Chirac
President of France
Jacques Chirac
  • Dec 18 The last US troops withdraw from Iraq, formally ending the Iraq War

Deaths in History

  • Dec 1 Christa Wolf, German writer (b. 1929)
  • 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, Soviet & Russian rocket engineer, dies at 99

Person of interestChristopher Hitchens

Dec 15 Christopher Hitchens, English author and journalist (Vanity Fair, New Statesman) dies of oesophageal cancer aged 62

Author, Journalist and Orator Christopher Hitchens
Author, Journalist and Orator
Christopher Hitchens

Person of interestKim Jong-il

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

Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea Kim Jong-il
Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea
Kim Jong-il

Person of interestVáclav Havel

Dec 18 Václav Havel, Czech politician (President of Czechoslovakia, 1990-2, Czech Republic, 1993-2003), dies at 75

Politician and Author Václav Havel
Politician and Author
Václav Havel
  • Dec 22 James Ramseur, one of Bernhard Goetz's assailants in 1984, overdoses on drugs at 45
  • Dec 27 Helen Frankenthaler, American abstract expressionist artist (Arden), dies at 83
  • Dec 30 Eva Zeisel, Hungarian-born ceramic designer, dies at 105
  • Dec 30 Mirko Tremaglia, fiercely nationalist Italian politician, dies at 85
  • Dec 30 Robert Horton, British businessman and CEO (BP), dies at 72