2004 – Taipei 101 officially opened as the tallestskyscraper in the world on the 31st December 2004, standing at a height of 509 metres (1,670 ft).
2013 ~ The Associated Press was at the heart of New York City’s largest annual celebration, presenting a video recap of 2013’s key moments at New Year’s Eve in Times Square on the 31st December 2013 ~ AP wishes you a Happy New Year!…
1947 – Ted Danson the American actor and producer was born on the 29th December 1947.
1954 – Roger Voudouris the American singer-songwriter and guitarist was born on the 29th December 1954 (died 2003 aged 48). Roger Voudouris was best known for his 1979 hit Get Used To It (YouTube video)…
1960 – David Boon the Australian cricketer was born on the 29th December 1960.
1965 ~ Thunderbirds premiered for the first time on London television on the 25th December 1965. Thunderbirds originally premiered for the 1st time in the World on the ATV Midlands broadcasting region 3 months earlier on the 30th September 1965. The children’s television series about a rescue organisation was inspired by a real life disaster rescue on the 7th November 1963, when 11 West German miners were rescued from a collapsed mine after surviving for 14 days, an event later known as the Wunder von Lengede (Miracle of Lengede).
1968 – Helena Christensen the Danish model was born on Christmas Day on the 25th December 1968.
1968 – Apollo 8 performed the very first successful Trans Earth Injection (TEI) maneuver on Christmas Day on the 25th December 1968, sending the crew and spacecraft on a trajectory back to Earth from Lunar orbit.
1971 – Dido the English singer was born on Christmas Day on the 25th December 1971.
1922 – Ava Gardner the American actress was born on the 24th December 1922 (died 1990).
1924 – Lee Dorsey the American singer was born on the 24th December 1924 (died 1986).
1947 – Kevin Sheedy the Australian footballer and coach was born on the 24th December 1947.
1968 – The crew of Apollo 8 entered into orbit around the Moon on the 24th December 1968, becoming the 1st humans to do so. The Apollo 8 performed 10 lunar orbits while broadcasting live TV pictures for the famous Christmas Eve Broadcast, one of the most watched programs in history.