December 2011 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 11 Mosconi Cup nine-ball pool, Las Vegas, Nevada: Team Europe retains trophy with an 11-7 win over US; MVP: Niels Feijen (Netherlands)

Event of Interest

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

  • 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 Park Tae-joon, South Korean general and founder of steel giant Posco, dies at 84
  • Dec 13 Russell Hoban, American author (creator of 'Frances' series), dies at 86
  • Dec 14 Boris Chertok, Soviet & Russian rocket engineer, dies at 99

Christopher HitchensChristopher Hitchens (1949-2011)

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

Kim Jong-ilKim Jong-il (1942-2011)

Dec 17 Supreme Leader of North Korea (1994-2011), dies of a suspected heart attack at 70

Václav HavelVáclav Havel (1936-2011)

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

  • 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