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  1. 1st December, 195 Which notable US Civil Rights figure is arrested in Montgomery, Alabama after refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man?
  2. 2nd December, 169 Which religious building - London's tallest structure until 1967 - was consecrated, after it was rebuilt in the aftermath of the Great Fire?
  3. 3rd December, 196 At a hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, Christiaan Barnard performs the first human transplant of which organ?
  4. 4th December, 195  Which 'royal' fast food chain opened its first restaurant in Miami, Florida?
  5. 5th December, 20 Which South African former president and anti-apartheid leader died at the age of 95 in Johannesburg?
  6. 6th December, 193 US federal judge John Woolsey rules that which James Joyce novel (published in 1922) was not obscene?
  7. 7th December 194 The Japanese navy launch a surprise attack on which American naval base in Hawaii, sparking their entry into the Second World War four days later?
  8. 8th December 1980. Which former Beatles member was killed by Mark David Chapman in New York?
  9. 9th December 197 The World Health Organisation declares which once-widespread disease to have been eradicated?
  10. 10th December 195 Which British Prime Minister (1940-45, 1951-55) receives the Nobel Prize for Literature?
  11. 11th December 193 Which monarch officially abdicates the thrown of the United Kingdom, leading the accession of George VI?
  12. 12th December 19 Which successful American singer, known as "Ol' Blue Eyes", was born in Hoboken, New Jersey?
  13. 13th December 157 Which British explorer and privateer sets sail from Plymouth on what would be the second continuous circumnavigation of the world?
  14. 14th December 19 Which Norwegian explorer becomes the first person to reach the South Pole, shortly before the team led by Robert Falcon Scott?
  15. 15th December 193 Which film - the highest grossing of all time when adjusted for inflation - set during the US Civil War, opens in Atlanta, Georgia?
  16. 16th December 165 Which soldier and politician becomes Lord Protector of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland following the execution of Charles I?
  17. 17th December 190 Which pair of brothers launch the first powered and sustained aircraft flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina?
  18. 18th December 186 The Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution is adopted, outlawing which practice across the nation following the end of the Civil War?
  19. 19th December 184 Which female author - most famous for Wuthering Heights - died at the age of 30?
  20. 20th December 19 Which infamous war criminal and German leader was released from Landsberg prison?
  21. 21st December 16 Puritan pilgrims aboard which ship land at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts?
  22. 22nd December 198 Which gate and monument in Berlin re-opens, effectively ending nearly 40 years of division between East and West Germany?
  23. 23rd December 18 Which author's novel Emma is first published in the United Kingdom?
  24. 24th December, 197 Stephenie Meyer, author of which set of vampire romance novels, was born in Hartford, Connecticut?
  25. 25th December, 106 Which Norman duke was crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey on Christmas day?
  26. 26th December, 1860. The first inter-club match in which sport was held between the teams of Hallam and Sheffield?
  27. 27th December, 183 Which geologist and naturalist sets sail on board the HMS Beagle, during which time he would develop his theory of evolution by natural selection?
  28. 28th December 189 William Röntgen announces the discovery of which form of radiation, commonly used to image internal body structures?
  29. 29th December 184 The US annexed which then-independent nation, which subsequently became the 28th state?
  30. 30th December, 200 Which former President of Iraq is executed in Baghdad for crimes against humanity?
  31. 31th December, 175 Arthur Guinness signs a 9000 year lease in which city, where he would begin brewing the beer which bears his name?

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  1. 1st December, 195 Which notable US Civil Rights figure is arrested in Montgomery, Alabama after refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man?
    Rosa Parks
  2. 2nd December, 169 Which religious building - London's tallest structure until 1967 - was consecrated, after it was rebuilt in the aftermath of the Great Fire?
    St. Paul's Cathedral
  3. 3rd December, 196 At a hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, Christiaan Barnard performs the first human transplant of which organ?
    Heart
  4. 4th December, 195  Which 'royal' fast food chain opened its first restaurant in Miami, Florida?
    Burger King
  5. 5th December, 20 Which South African former president and anti-apartheid leader died at the age of 95 in Johannesburg?
    Nelson Mandela
  6. 6th December, 193 US federal judge John Woolsey rules that which James Joyce novel (published in 1922) was not obscene?
    Ulysses
  7. 7th December 194 The Japanese navy launch a surprise attack on which American naval base in Hawaii, sparking their entry into the Second World War four days later?
    Pearl Harbor
  8. 8th December 1980. Which former Beatles member was killed by Mark David Chapman in New York?
    John Lennon 
  9. 9th December 197 The World Health Organisation declares which once-widespread disease to have been eradicated?
    Smallpox
  10. 10th December 195 Which British Prime Minister (1940-45, 1951-55) receives the Nobel Prize for Literature?
    Sir Winston Churchill
  11. 11th December 193 Which monarch officially abdicates the thrown of the United Kingdom, leading the accession of George VI?
    Edward VIII
  12. 12th December 19 Which successful American singer, known as "Ol' Blue Eyes", was born in Hoboken, New Jersey?
    Frank Sinatra
  13. 13th December 157 Which British explorer and privateer sets sail from Plymouth on what would be the second continuous circumnavigation of the world?
    Sir Francis Drake
  14. 14th December 19 Which Norwegian explorer becomes the first person to reach the South Pole, shortly before the team led by Robert Falcon Scott?
    Roald Amundsen
  15. 15th December 193 Which film - the highest grossing of all time when adjusted for inflation - set during the US Civil War, opens in Atlanta, Georgia?
    Gone With The Wind
  16. 16th December 165 Which soldier and politician becomes Lord Protector of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland following the execution of Charles I?
    Oliver Cromwell
  17. 17th December 190 Which pair of brothers launch the first powered and sustained aircraft flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina?
    Orville and Wilbur Wright
  18. 18th December 186 The Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution is adopted, outlawing which practice across the nation following the end of the Civil War?
    Slavery
  19. 19th December 184 Which female author - most famous for Wuthering Heights - died at the age of 30?
    Emily Brontë
  20. 20th December 19 Which infamous war criminal and German leader was released from Landsberg prison?
    Adolf Hitler
  21. 21st December 16 Puritan pilgrims aboard which ship land at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts?
    The Mayflower
  22. 22nd December 198 Which gate and monument in Berlin re-opens, effectively ending nearly 40 years of division between East and West Germany?
    Brandenburg Gate
  23. 23rd December 18 Which author's novel Emma is first published in the United Kingdom?
    Jane Austen
  24. 24th December, 197 Stephenie Meyer, author of which set of vampire romance novels, was born in Hartford, Connecticut?
    Twilight
  25. 25th December, 106 Which Norman duke was crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey on Christmas day?
    William I (The Conqueror)
  26. 26th December, 1860. The first inter-club match in which sport was held between the teams of Hallam and Sheffield?
    Association Football
  27. 27th December, 183 Which geologist and naturalist sets sail on board the HMS Beagle, during which time he would develop his theory of evolution by natural selection?
    Charles Darwin
  28. 28th December 189 William Röntgen announces the discovery of which form of radiation, commonly used to image internal body structures?
    X-Rays
  29. 29th December 184 The US annexed which then-independent nation, which subsequently became the 28th state?
    Texas
  30. 30th December, 200 Which former President of Iraq is executed in Baghdad for crimes against humanity?
    Saddam Hussein
  31. 31th December, 175 Arthur Guinness signs a 9000 year lease in which city, where he would begin brewing the beer which bears his name?
    Dublin, Ireland