THIS DAY IN HISTORY

  • 1620 102 Mayflower Pilgrims and about 30 crew land at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts [NS, Dec 21]
  • 1792 France’s King Louis XVI goes on trial, accused of high treason and crimes against the state
  • 1913 “Mona Lisa” recovered 2 years after it was stolen from the Louvre Museum
  • 1931 Statute of Westminster gives complete legislative independence to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland (Free State), and Newfoundland (not then part of Canada)
  • 1936 Edward VIII announces in a radio broadcast that he is abdicating the British throne to marry Wallis Simpson
  • 1946 UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) established (Nobel 1965)
  • 1997 Delegates from 150 industrial nations attending a UN climate conference in Kyoto, Japan, reach agreement to control heat-trapping greenhouse gases

Source: Onthisday.com

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