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.
1960 ~ Jean-Michel Basquiat the Haitian-American artist was born on the 22nd December 1960 (died 12th August 1988 aged 27).
1963 – The cruise shipLakonia burned 290 km (180 miles) north of Madeira, Portugal on the 22nd December 1963, with the loss of 128 lives.
1964 – The first test flight of the SR-71 (Blackbird) took place on the 22nd December 1964, at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California.
1965 – A speed limit was applied to all rural roads and motorways for the first time in the UK on the 22nd December 1965. The speed limit was set at 70 mph, previously there had been no speed limit at all.