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On This Day: What happened on 14 December?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today. Every day is worth remembering.

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 14 December, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


2004 | Ballon d’Or: Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko was named Europe’s best footballer ahead of Deco and Ronaldinho.

1960 | Ballon d’Or: Barcelona midfielder Luis Suárez was named Europe’s best footballer.

1542 Princess Mary Stuart becomes Queen Mary I of Scotland at 6 days old after succeeding her father James V.

1812 | Napoleon Bonaparte led the French invasion of Russia, that officially ended with the French losing 530 000 people.

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1799 | United States President, George Washington, 67.

1878 | Britain Princess, Princess Alice, 35.

1966 | American voice actress, Verna Felton, 76.


1952 | South African businessman, Jacobus Petrus, best known as “Koos” Bekker

1983 | South African model, 2008 Miss South Africa and seventh place in Miss Universe 2009.

1962 | south African researcher, Glenda Gray

1895 | United Kingdom king, King George VI.


1977 | Evansville University basketball players died in a plane crash.


2005 | On this day “King Kong” directed by Peter Jackson was released in Germany and the United States.

2018 | The film directed by Susanne Bier, “Bird Box” , which is based on the novel of the same name by Josh Malerman was released on this day.


Léopold Sédar Senghor was the first president of Senegal, a man was born in 1906 and died in 2001. Although 93% of Senegalese are Muslim, President Senghor belonged to the Catholic Church.

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