2nd December 1804 - Napoleon was crowned Emperor of France - the first French Emperor in over a thousand years! NB: Good things come in small packages!

December 1804 - Napoleon was crowned Emperor of France - the first French Emperor in over a thousand years! NB: Good things come in small packages!

10th 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...

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).

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).

23rd 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 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!

22nd December 1882 - The first string of Christmas tree lights was created by inventor Thomas Edison. NB: You could say he had a "light bulb moment".

December 1882 - The first string of Christmas tree lights was created by inventor Thomas Edison. NB: You could say he had a "light bulb moment".

21st December 1898 - Scientists Pierre & Marie Curie discovers radium.  It is most well-known for its use in cancer treatment. NB: Ready Break wasn't invented until 1957 (see an old person for explanation).

It is most well-known for its use in cancer treatment. NB: Ready Break wasn't invented until 1957 (see an old person for explanation).

20th December 1850 - Hawaiian Post Office was established (just in time for the Christmas rush!).  NB: The Hawaiian language contains only 12 letters, A, E, I, O, U, H, K, L, M, N, P and W.

20th December 1850 - Hawaiian Post Office was established (just in time for the Christmas rush!). NB: The Hawaiian language contains only 12 letters, A, E, I, O, U, H, K, L, M, N, P and W.

19th December 1843 - "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens was first published, with the initial 6,000 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 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")

18th 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 1969!

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.

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.


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