December 2019 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 A newly developed apple that can last a year - the Cosmic Crisp goes on sale in Washington State, US

COVID-19

Dec 1 Earliest traceable patient, a 55-year-old man, develops symptoms of a novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in Wuhan, China

  • Dec 1 Iraqi parliament approves resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi after weeks of unrest and 400 deaths
  • Dec 2 Hawaiian Carissa Moore earns her 4th World Surf League Women’s Championship Tour title with a third placing at the season-ending Maui Pro event at Honolua Bay
  • Dec 2 Steve Bullock and Joe Sestak drop out of the US Presidential race

Historic Event

Dec 3 70th anniversary of NATO marked by gathering in London of world leaders and reception by Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace

Historic Event

Dec 3 Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin announce they are stepping down from roles at parent company Alphabet, Sundar Pichai to become head of both

Historic Event

Dec 3 Kamala Harris ends her campaign to be the Democratic candidate for president

Historic Event

Dec 3 World leaders discussing US President Donald Trump in unflattering terms at NATO reception caught on camera and goes viral

  • Dec 4 58 migrants drown after a boat sinks off the coast of Mauritania, with 83 saved
  • Dec 4 North American migratory birds getting smaller, their wings wider due to climate change according to study by University of Michigan published in journal "Ecology Letters"
  • Dec 5 National strike in France; more than 800,000 people in 100 cities protest against proposed pension reform
  • Dec 5 Saudi state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco raises a record $25.6 billion in its first public share offering, makes it the world's most valuable company at $1.7 trillion
  • Dec 5 Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, announces articles of impeachment against US President Donald Trump will be drawn up for abuse of power
  • Dec 5 WHO says 142,000 people died of the measles around the world in 2018, nearly 20,000 more than in 2017
  • Dec 8 Fire in an illegal bag factory in Delhi, India, kills 43
  • Dec 8 Polar explorers Mike Horn and Børge Ousland complete an 1,800 km (1,118 miles) journey on drifting ice in darkness in the Arctic
  • Dec 8 Sanna Marin becomes Finland's youngest-ever Prime Minister at the age of 34
  • Dec 9 Chilean Air Force plane lost on flight to Antarctica with presumed loss of 38 lives
  • Dec 9 US officials "deliberately misled" the public on progress of the Afghanistan war, hid that it was a lost cause, according to The Washington Post analysis of the "Afghanistan Papers"
  • Dec 9 White Island / Whakaari volcano, a tourist attraction in New Zealand erupts killing 16
  • Dec 10 1st fully electric commercial plane, a retro-fitted seaplane, completes test flight in Vancouver
  • Dec 10 Australian car maker Holden announces an end to Commodore production after 41 years
  • Dec 10 Shooting at a New Jersey cemetery and a kosher supermarket leaves six dead, including the two shooters, in suspected anti-Semitic attack
  • Dec 10 Sydney, Australia, blanketed in smoke from nearby bush fires pushing air quality to 11 times hazardous levels
  • Dec 11 Bougainville votes to become independent of Papua New Guinea in a referendum

Historic Event

Dec 11 Climate activist Greta Thunberg is named Time magazine's Person of the Year

  • Dec 11 Discovery of the earliest figurative artwork in the world, (43,900 years old), figures part human part animal, from cave in Sulawesi, Indonesia, reported in journal "Nature"
  • Dec 11 India passes controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill clearing way for citizenship for immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan but not if they are Muslim
  • Dec 11 Militants attack army base in Ates, Niger, killing at least 71. Islamic State claim responsibility.

Election of Interest

Dec 12 British General Election won by Boris Johnson's Conservative Party in landslide win with 80 seat majority. Scottish National Party also wins 48 of 59 seats in Scotland.

  • Dec 12 Deepest point on land on earth identified under Denman Glacier, east Antarctica at 3.5km (11,500ft) below sea level
  • Dec 15 Longest ever UN climate talks end in Madrid with compromise deal on curbing carbon only, other targets deferred for a year
  • Dec 15 Protests against India's new citizenship bill that excludes Muslims, erupt across major cities, killing at least five
  • Dec 17 Australia has its hottest day ever with average temperature of 40.9 across the country
  • Dec 17 China's 1st domestically built aircraft carrier, the Shandong, enters naval service

Historic Event

Dec 17 Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf sentenced to death in absentia for high treason

  • Dec 17 Young girl's 5,700 year old DNA extracted from birch tar used as chewing gum, from Lolland Island, southern Denmark
  • Dec 18 US House of Representatives votes to impeach President Donald Trump for abuse of power (230-197) and obstruction of Congress (229-198)
  • Dec 19 Australian state of New South Wales announces 7-day state of emergency amid extreme heat and over 100 bushfires that have burnt for two months
  • Dec 19 Earliest fossilized trees, 386 million years old, found at a quarry in Cairo, New York, study published in "Current Biology"
  • Dec 20 Landmark climate justice case as Dutch Supreme Court upholds 2013 decision brought by Urgenda Foundation against Dutch government for not reducing carbon dioxide emissions
  • Dec 20 Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana granted US federal recognition, providing the right to certain legal and government benefits
  • Dec 20 United States Space Force founded, an armed forces branch dedicated to space warfare
  • Dec 26 Annular solar eclipse visible from South and South East Asia
  • Dec 28 Jihadist fundamentalist group al-Shabaab sets off a truck bomb in Mogadishu, Somalia, killing at least 84 people and wounding over 150
  • Dec 31 Iraqi militiamen and protesters breach the outer wall of the US embassy in Baghdad following US airstrikes against Kataib Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia, on December 29

Deaths in History

  • Dec 2 Fred Storey, Canadian curler (World C'ship gold 1966, 68, 69), dies at 87
  • Dec 7 Berkley Bedell, American politician (Rep-D-IA, 1975-87), dies at 98

Paul VolckerPaul Volcker (1927-2019)

Dec 8 American economist and Chairman of the US Federal Reserve (1979-87), dies at 92

  • Dec 10 Jean Pagé, Canadian sports journalist (host: 'La Soirée du hockey' and '110%'), dies from prostate cancer at 73
  • Dec 13 Richard G Hatcher, American attorney and politician (Mayor of Gary, Indiana, 1968-88), dies at 88