Clio In Time
December 1, 1943: The Teheran Conference meets in Iran to plan allied strategy for the invasion of Europe.
Movie: World at War, Vol. XIII - Documentary
Book: Keith Eubank, Summit at Teheran
December 2, 1961: Fidel Castro declares publicly that Cuba will be a Communist State.
Movie: Fidel Castro (A&E)
Book: Robert Quirk, Fidel Castro
December 3, 1775: The American flag is formally raised on John Paul Jones' flagship, The Alfred.
Movie: John Paul Jones (A&E)
Book: Samuel Eliot Morrison, John Paul Jones: A Sailor's Biography
December 4, 1674: Father Marquette establishes a mission near modern Chicago.
Movie: Black Robe
Book: Elizabeth Jones, Gentlemen and Jesuits: Quests for Adventure in the Early Days of New France
December 5, 1964: Capt. Roger H.C. Donlen receives the first Congressional Medal of Honor conferred in the Vietnam War.
Movie: The Vietnam War, Vols. I, II
Book: Michael Lind, Vietnam, The Necessary War
December 6, 1923: President Calvin Coolidge makes the first presidential broadcast to the American public.
Movie: Between the Wars, Vols. II, III
Book: Robert Sobel, Coolidge: An American Enigma
December 7, 1941: A Japanese air strike at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii becomes for Americans "A day that will live in infamy."
Movie: Tora! Tora! Tora!
Book: Donald M. Goldstein, The Pearl Harbor Papers
December 8, 1941: The United States declares war on Japan following the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.
Movie: America Goes to War, Vols. I - IV
Book: John J. Stephan, Hawaii Under the Rising Sun
December 9, 1878: Joseph Pulitzer buys his first newspaper, The Dispatch, in St. Louis, Missouri.
Movie: Pulitzer (A&E)
Book: Daniel W. Pfaff, Joseph Pulitzer II and The Post-Dispatch
December 10, 1915: Henry Ford's revolutionary assembly line produces the millionth Model T Ford in Detroit, Michigan.
Movie: Henry Ford (A&E)
Book: Catherine Gourley, Wheels of Time: A Biography of Henry Ford
December 11, 1936: Edward VIII of England abdicates the British throne to marry "the woman I love," American divorcee, Wallis Simpson.
Movie: Edward On Edward - Documentary
Book: Philip Ziegler, Edward VIII: A Biography
December 12, 1831: Henry Clay becomes the first candidate nominated by a majority party convention.
Movie: Henry Clay (Profiles in Courage)
Book: Robert Vincent Remini, Henry Clay: Statesman for the Union
December 13, 1940: Adolph Hitler issues order for the invasion of Greece.
Movie: The 25th Hour, 1967 (Anthony Quinn)
Book: Janet Hart, New Voices in the Nation: Women and the Greek Resistance
December 14, 1778: Benjamin Franklin is appointed as American ambassador to France.
Movie: Benjamin Franklin (A&E)
Book: Benjamin Franklin, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
December 15, 1890: Sitting Bull, Chief of the Sioux Indians, is killed in South Dakota.
Movie: Sitting Bull (1998) - Documentary
Book: John M. Carroll, The Arrest and Killing of Sitting Bull
December 16, 1773: Colonists masquerading as Indians board three British ships in Boston Harbor and destroy tea cargoes.
Movie: The American Revolution, Vol. I of VI
Book: Benjamin Woods Labaree, The Boston Tea Party
December 17, 1770: General George Washington and The American Army enter Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, to establish winter quarters.
Movie: The American Revolution Vol. I
Book: Kristiana Gregory, The Winter of Red Snow: The Revolutionary War Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart
December 18, 1915: President and Widower Woodrow Wilson marries his second wife, Edith Bolling Galt.December 19, 1959: Walter Williams dies at 117 as the last Civil War Veteran.
Movie: Wilson (A&E)
Book: Edith B.Wilson, My Memoir
Movie: Civil War Series: Ken Burns Vol. IX
Book: Larry M. Logue, To Appomattox and Beyond: The Civil War Soldiers in War and Peace
December 20, 1843: Charles Dickens publishes A Christmas Carol in England.
Movie: A Christmas Carol (1951)
Book: Fred Kaplan, Dickens: A Biography
December 21, 1898: Marie and Pierre Curie discover Radium
Movie: Madam Curie (1943) Greer Garson
Book: Susan Quinn, Marie Curie: A Life
December 22, 1944: General Anthony McAuliffe rejects the German surrender ultimatum on behalf of the American troops trapped by Germans at the Battle of the Bulge.
Movie: The World At War Vol. XIX - Documentary
Book: Charles Whiting, Battle of the Bulge: Britain's Untold Story
December 23, 1620: The Construction of the Plymouth Settlement begins.
Movie: Plymouth Colony - Documentary
Book: William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation
December 24, 1943: General Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in World War II.
Movie: Ike (A&E)
Book: Stephen Ambrose, Eisenhower: Soldier and President
December 25, 1991: Gorbachev resigns as Soviet leader.
Movie: Gorbachev (A&E)
Book: Mikhail Gorbachev, Gorbachev: On My Country and the World
December 26, 1904: Nicholas II of Russia promises significant reforms in social conditions.
Movie: Nicholas and Alexandra
Book: Robert Massie, Nicholas and Alexandra
December 27, 1831: HMS Beagle departs England.
Movie: Darwin (A&E)
Book: Keith Stewart Thompson, HMS Beagle: The Story of Darwin's Ship
December 28, 1869: America celebrates its first Labor Day.
Movie: Samuel Gompers (A&E)
Book: Philip Sheldon Foner, May Day: A Short History of the International Workers' Holiday
December 29, 1845: Texas joins the union in 1845.
Movie: Texas (1994) - Documentary
Book: James A. Michener, Texas
December 30, 1922: The U.S.S.R. is established.
Movie: Lenin (A&E)
Book: Brian Crozier, The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Empire
December 31, 1911: Marie Curie becomes the first person to be awarded a second Nobel Peace Prize.
Movie: Marie Curie (A&E)
Book: Naomi Pasachoff, Marie Curie: Oxford Portraits in Science