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14 December

557 – Byzantine Empire – Earthquake measuring 6.4Mw, epicentre in Constantiople. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/557_Constantinople_earthquake

835 – China – Sweet Dew Incident. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_Dew_Incident

872 – Rome – Pope Adrian II died. John VIII became Pope. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Adrian_II

1287 – Netherlands – St. Lucia’s Flood, 50,000+ killed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Lucia%27s_flood

1542 – Scotland – Mary Stuart became Queen of Scots. http://www.britroyals.com/scots.asp?id=mary_scots

1751 – Austria – Theresian Military Academy founded. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theresian_Military_Academy


1782 – France – Mongolfier brothers’ first Air balloon test flight. https://youtu.be/jjqdgbFGFiE http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montgolfier_brothers

1812 – Russian Empire – French Invasion ended (Napoleonic Wars). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_invasion_of_Russia

1814 – USA – Battle of Lake Borgne (War of 1812). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Lake_Borgne

1819 – USA – Alabama became 22nd State. http://www.50states.com/alabama.htm

1896 – Scotland – Glasgow Underground Railway opened. http://glasgowtransport.co.uk/subway.html


1911 – South Pole – Roald Amundsen’s team became first to reach here. http://youtu.be/kW5p7ANwAU4 http://www.south-pole.com/p0000101.htm

1918 – Portugal – President Sidónio Pais assassinated. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sid%C3%B3nio_Pais

1920 – UK – Handley Page O/400 crashed at Cricklewood Aerodrome, London, 4 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19201214-0

1932 – USA – TWA plane crashed at Amarillo-English Field, Texas, 2 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19321214-0

1942 – Uzbekistan – Aeroflot plane crashed near Tashkent, 36 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19421214-2

1944 – Philippines – RAAF plane missing near Manila Bay, 9 killed (WWII). http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19441214-0

1946 – Philippines – Far East Air Transport plane crashed at Mount Banahaur, 12 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19461214-0

1950 – Brazil – VASP plane crashed at Riberirão Preto, SP, 1 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19501214-0

1955 – Albania, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Finland, Hungary,  Ireland,  Italy, Jordan,  Lao People’s Democratic Republic,  Libya, Nepal,  Portugal,  Romania,  Spain & Sri Lanka – Joined the United Nations. http://www.un.org/en/members/

1961 – United Republic of Tanzania – Joined the United Nations. http://www.un.org/en/members/

1963 – USA – Baldwin Hills Reservoir wall burst, LA, 5 killed. http://youtu.be/kIeNM8cm6J8 WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baldwin_Hills_Dam_disaster

1988 – Greece – ET3 television network launched in Thessaloniki. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ET3_(Greece)


1994 – China – Work on Three Gorges Dam began. https://youtu.be/j3J196bLP5E http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Gorges_Dam

1995 – France – Dayton Agreement formerly signed (Bosnian War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dayton_Agreement

1998 – Albania/Yugoslavia – Albanian-Yugoslav Border Ambush (Kosovo War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/December_14,_1998_Albanian%E2%80%93Yugoslav_border_ambush

1999 – Venezuela – Flash flooding in Vargas, 10,000+ killed. https://youtu.be/8kHMPDcEzuk WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vargas_tragedy


2004 – France – Millau Viaduct officially opened. https://youtu.be/HOAcRrfW-8s http://structurae.net/structures/millau-viaduct

2006 – USA – satellite USA-193 launched. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USA-193

2011 – Papua New Guinea – Earthquake measuring 7.1Mw.

2012 – USA – Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Connecticut, 28 killed. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20738998

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1903 – Miss Knocker began a series of Saturday night penny-concerts at the Exhibition Hall.