Name that Year - December Dates Quiz

December Dates QuizEvents that happened in December - Quiz

Will and Guy have a surprise - there are no jokes on this page, just a challenge to you; can you name that year?

All these 33 events happened in December -
But in which year? 

The values in brackets is the leeway that I give you. For example:  The Russo (Russian) - Japanese War starts. (10 years)   Exact answer: 1904, leeway 1894-1914.

  1. Portugal achieves independence from Spain. (100 years)
  2. Rosa Parks refuses to give her bus seat to a white man. A key moment in American Civil rights. (10 years)Marie Celeste 1872
  3. Battle of Austerlitz. Napoleon defeats a joint Russo-Austrian force.  (75 years)
  4. 'The Dandy' first published. (20 years)
  5. The brigantine Marie (Mary) Celeste found abandoned off the Azores. (50 years)
  6. UK, first motorway opens. Also on the same day, STD (Subscriber Trunk Dialling) begins. (10 years)
  7. The Encyclop´┐Żdia Britannica is first published. (75 years)
  8. Japanese attack Pearl Harbour and bring the USA into the Second world war. (5 years)
  9. John Lennon was murdered by Mark Chapman. (10 years)
  10. The first episode of Coronation Street broadcast by ITV. (10 years)
  11. The world's first traffic lights switched on in London. (30 years)
  12. Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, the last native Prince of Wales was killed at Cilmeri in Powys, Wales. (200 years)
  13. Rhodesia changes its name to Zimbabwe. (40 years)
  14. Malta becomes a republic. (50 years)Wright Brothers 1903 Kitty Hawk first flight
  15. Roald Amundsen becomes the first man to reach the South Pole. (20 years)
  16. James Naismith invents basketball. (20 years)
  17. Boston Tea Party. Seminal moment in the American Revolution against the English. (75 years)
  18. The Wright brothers make their first plane flight in Kitty Hawk N. Carolina. (10 years)
  19. Kublai Khan founds the Yuang dynasty in China. (100 years)
  20. A Christmas Carol is published by Charles Dickens. (40 years)
  21. Cardiff officially proclaimed the capital of Wales. (20 years)
  22. The first 'word cross' or, crossword published in the New York World. (30 years)
  23. Vigilante Bernhard Goetz shot four men on an express train in The Bronx. (10 years)
  24. Vincent van Gogh cuts off part of his left ear. (30 years)
  25. 'Silent Night' composed by Franz Xaver Gruber and Josef Mohr. (50 years)
  26. Christmas Island in the Indian ocean named by Captain William Mynors. (150 years)
  27. The Fréjus Rail Tunnel (also called Mont Cenis Tunnel) is completed between France and Italy. (40 years)
  28. Spain becomes a democracy after 40 years of General Franco's dictatorship. (15 years)
  29. Westminster Abbey (London) is consecrated. (10 years)
  30. Galileo Galilei discovers Neptune. (100 years)
  31. The first American YMCA opens in Boston, MA.
  32. Ferdinand Marcos becomes President of the Philippines. (20 years)
  33. Thomas Edison demonstrates his light bulb to the public for the first time (25 years).


Bonus Question:  Which date in December is St Stephens Day?


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