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This Day in History: December

Look back in time and examine the amazing events that happened on this day in history and which helped shape the world as we know it.
This Day in History: December is rated 1.0 out of 5 by 1.
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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Lennon and McCartney OMG. What a bunch of psycho-babble. No Beatles fan should bother.
Date published: 2021-12-08
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Overview

Look back in time and examine the amazing events that happened on this day in history and which helped shape the world as we know it.
December 7, 1941: Japan Bombs Pearl Harbor

01: December 7, 1941: Japan Bombs Pearl Harbor

Take a unique look at one of the most well-known events in military history to better understand how the bombing of Pearl Harbor ultimately marked the beginning of the end for the Japanese empire. Professor Mark J. Ravina examines the reasons why Japan embarked on a war they were not prepared to finish—let alone, win—and the plethora of disastrous miscalculations based on flawed assumptions made under the guidance of a leader with no military experience.

8 min
December 15, 1832: Gustave Eiffel Is Born

02: December 15, 1832: Gustave Eiffel Is Born

Join Professor Stephen Ressler to uncover the inner workings of the most recognizable structure in the world: the Eiffel Tower.

6 min
December 16, 1770: Ludwig van Beethoven Is Born

03: December 16, 1770: Ludwig van Beethoven Is Born

Join esteemed Professor Robert Greenberg, Music Historian-in-Residence with San Francisco Performances, to take a look back at the life and times of Ludwig van Beethoven.

5 min
December 28, 1065: Westminster Abbey Is Consecrated

04: December 28, 1065: Westminster Abbey Is Consecrated

Professor Cook introduces you to the London abbey church commonly known as Westminster Abby. Dramatically redesigned and expanded in the 13th century, you’ll see how the church stands as both a monument to English royal history and a masterpiece of English Gothic architecture.

9 min
December 8, 1980: John Lennon Is Murdered

05: December 8, 1980: John Lennon Is Murdered

Fans of The Beatles were distraught when Mark David Chapman fatally shot John Lennon outside the Dakota in 1980. Decades earlier, it was death that formed a strong bond of friendship while teenaged John Lennon and Paul McCartney supported one another through the grief of the sudden loss of their mothers. Join Michael Shelden to take a look at how their friendship would change the world.

14 min
December 27, 537: Hagia Sophia Is Consecrated

06: December 27, 537: Hagia Sophia Is Consecrated

Join Professor John Hale to learn about the astonishing feats of engineering that were required to create the Hagia Sophia, which was consecrated in Constantinople in 537 CE. See why its design continues to serve as a model for Eastern Orthodox churches around the world.

5 min