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Events in History in December 2019

  • Dec 1 Iraqi parliament approves resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi after weeks of unrest and 400 deaths
  • Dec 1 A newly developed apple that can last a year - the Cosmic Crisp goes on sale in Washington State, US

Historic DiscoveryCOVID-19

Dec 1 Earliest traceable patient, a 55-year-old man, develops symptoms of a novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in Wuhan, China
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Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
  • Dec 2 Steve Bullock and Joe Sestak drop out of the US Presidential race
  • 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 3 Kamala Harris ends her US presidential campaign

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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

Computer Scientist and Co-founder of Google Larry Page
Computer Scientist and Co-founder of Google
Larry Page
Co-Founder of Google Sergey Brin
Co-Founder of Google
Sergey Brin
CEO of Alphabet and Google Sundar Pichai
CEO of Alphabet and Google
Sundar Pichai

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

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

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

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 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 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 5 National strike in France; more than 800,000 people in 100 cities protest against proposed pension reform
  • Dec 6 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 8 Fire in an illegal bag factory in Delhi, India, kills 43

  • Dec 8 Polar explorers Mike Horn and Børge Ousland complete 1,800 km (1,120 mile) journey on drifting ice in darkness in the Arctic
  • Dec 9 White Island / Whakaari volcano, a tourist attraction in New Zealand erupts killing 16
  • 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 Chilean Air Force plane lost on flight to Antarctica with presumed loss of 38 lives
  • Dec 10 Sydney, Australia, blanketed in smoke from nearby bush fires pushing air quality to 11 times hazardous levels
  • Dec 10 1st fully electric commercial plane, a retro-fitted seaplane, completes test flight in Vancouver
  • 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 Australian car maker Holden announces an end to Commodore production after 41 years
  • 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

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

Climate Activist Greta Thunberg
Climate Activist
Greta Thunberg
  • Dec 11 Bougainville votes to become independent of Papua New Guinea in a referendum
  • 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 Militants attack army base in Ates, Niger, killing at least 71. Islamic State claim responsibility.

Electoral defeatElection 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.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson
  • 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 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 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
  • 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 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