Our Calendar of Historical Anniversaries in English: A videoclip for each day of the year presenting an historical event. Licensing for all media and channels.
December 2nd 1938 - Arrival of Jewish refugee children in England
December 2nd 1938: Nearly a month after the infamous Kristallnacht, the Nazi November- pogrom in Germany, the first transport of Jewish ...
December 3rd, 1967 - First successful heart transplant
On December 3rd, 1967 an age-old dream of mankind comes true: The South African surgeon Christian Barnard performs the first successful ...
December 3rd 1896 - Carlo Schmid is born
On December 3rd 1896 Carlo Schmid is born. In 1933 the Nazis exclude the Doctor of Law and Lecturer of International Law at the Universi ...
December 4th 1892 - Franco is born
On December 4th 1892, Francisco Franco is born. Born into a military family, he chooses a military career and becomes commander of the a ...
December 5th 1941 - Soviet counteroffensive during the Battle of Moscow
December 5th 1941: With a massive counter attack the Soviet High Command brings the German attack on Moscow to halt. Stalin uses no fewe ...
December 6th, 1941 - U.S. President Roosevelt orders construction of the atomic bomb
In 1941 U.S. President Roosevelt is still not ready to take military action, even at the urging of the British to enter the war against ...
December 7th 1941 - Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
December 7th 1941, a Sunday: Far off the coast of Hawaii a Japanese naval unit which includes six aircraft carriers moves at very slow s ...
December 8th, 1980 - John Lennon shot dead
On the evening of December 8th, 1980 the entrance of the Dakota Building in New York City becomes the scene of a bloody crime. John Lenn ...
December 8th 1941 - US declares war on Japan
December 8th 1941: A nation in shock. Probably nobody had expected the surprise attack by the Japanese air force on the naval base at Pe ...
December 9th 1946 - Nuremberg trials
On December 9th 1946, the trial of 20 doctors and three non-physicians, accused of organizing and implementing criminal medical policies ...
December 10th 1948 - UN Declaration of Human Rights
On December 10th 1948 - The General Assembly of the United Nations in New York announces the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights". In ...
December 11th 1948 - Founding of the FDP
On December 11th 1948 the liberal parties and movements of the West German occupation zones unite in Heppenheim, Bergstrasse under the b ...
December 12th 1979 - NATO adopts “Double Resolution”
(original sound bite) Schmidt "balance of forces" Chancellor Helmut Schmidt sees the nuclear balance threatened by the deployment of So ...
December 13th 1948 - Founding of the "Young Pioneers" in East Germany
December 13th 1948: In the Soviet occupation zone, the Young Pioneers were founded as a state-run youth organization of the GDR. Childr ...
December 14th, 1963 - Erich Ollenhauer dies
On December 14th, 1963 Erich Ollenhauer dies. A member of the SPD party since age 17, Ollenhauer is elected SPD chairman and parliamenta ...
December 14th 1920 – Film premiere of "Anna Boleyn"
December 14th 1920: Ernst Lubitsch film "Anna Boleyn" premiers at the Berlin UFA-Palast. The spectacle, with Emil Jannings and Henny Por ...
December 15th, 1961 - Adolf Eichmann sentenced to death
On December 15th, 1961, the Jerusalem District Court sentences the former SS-Obersturmbannführer Adolf Eichmann to death by hanging. ...
December 16th 1944 - Battle of the Bulge
December 16th 1944: Beginning of the so-called “Battle of the Bulge”, the last major German operation on the Western Front in World ...
December 17th 1971 - Transit agreement BRD-GDR
On December 17th 1971, Secretaries of State, Egon Bahr for the Federal Republic and Michael Kohl for the GDR, signed the German Transit ...