December 1884 - Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a novel by Mark Twain was first published. NB: "Just because you’re taught that something’s right and everyone believes it’s right, it don’t make it right" . wise words indeed from our hero.
24th December 1922 - The BBC broadcasts the first British radio play “The Truth about Father Christmas”. NB: Arthur Burrows, who read the play, was a keen wireless enthusiast. Prior to joining the BBC he was in charge of the original experimental transmissions from Marconi House (see our 12th December fact for more details).
December 1888 - Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear. NB: "Friends, Romans, Countrymen lend me your ears" said Mark Antony at the beginning of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar".but he wasn't expecting this!
December 1843 - "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens was first published, with the initial copies sold out in the first day. NB: It took him only 6 weeks to write the book, and he wrote it all out by hand! (but possibly not with a novelty "snowman pen")
December 1849 - William Bond obtains first photo (known as a daguerreotype) of the moon. He was the creator of the first "moonie" ; NB: I bet he wouldn't have believed that man would be landing on the moon only 120 years later, on 16 July
17th December 1903 - The Wright Brothers made their first flight. We think Orville Wright must have regretted asking his brother Wilbur to help! NB: The first flight lasted 59 seconds and they succeeded where others failed by studying birds and inventing "wing-warping" to control the airplane.