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In December 1777, Morocco officially became the first nation to recognize the United States as a country, Morocco also holds the record for maintaining the longest unbroken treaty with the U.S.

On December 28, 1973, after having worked for 16 hours a day without breaks for six weeks, the crew of the Skylab space station mutineed and shut off communications with ground control for a day

In my opinion, it is useful to put together a list of the most interesting details from trusted sources that I've come across. Here are 50 of the best facts about December I managed to collect.

  1. Over a period of 200 years, 3 ships perished at the same location off the coast of Wales, all on December 5th, and all 3 had only one survivor. The 3 survivors all had the same name: Hugh Williams.

  2. Valery Spiridonov, a 31 year old man who suffers from Werdnig-Hoffman's - a muscle-wasting disease which has left him in a wheelchair, has volunteered to partake in the world's first head transplant which will take place as early as December of 2017.

  3. In December 1999 a schizophrenic man broke into George Harrison’s home and stabbed him over 40 times. His wife incapacitated the man and George was hospitalized. His official statement following the attack was “He wasn't a burglar, and he certainly wasn't auditioning for the Traveling Wilburys.”

  4. Kirk Douglas, star of Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory (1957) and Spartacus (1960), will turn 100 years old on December 9th. He has starred in 91 films, won a Lifetime Achievement Oscar in 1996, and has survived a helicopter crash and a stroke. He is also the world's oldest celebrity blogger.

  5. The first SMS text message ever sent was on December 3, 1992. It was sent by a 22 year old test engineer from his computer to a phone. The message simply read "Merry Christmas".

  6. The Romans had a December holiday of merrymaking and gift-giving from 500 BC.

  7. While on a hunting trip, guitarist Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains forgot that November only had 30 days, missing a scheduled performance on December 1st. The next day, he received a calendar as a gift from Columbia records.

  8. The Polish government wrote a White Book with proof of the mass extermination of jews in german occupied Poland and gave it to the United Nations on December 10th, 1942.

  9. Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr., was the first African American astronaut. The project he worked on would go on to become the International Space Station. He died in the backseat of his plane while teaching a cadet how to fly 50 years ago this past Friday (December 8, 1967). He was 32 years old.

  10. In 2038, we will have another Y2K-style software issue with dates, as 32 bit software can't represent time past Tuesday, 19 January 2038. Times beyond that will be stored internally as a negative number, which these systems will interpret as Friday, 13 December 1901

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James O. Richardson pleaded with FDR over his poor decision to centralize the Naval fleet at Pearl Harbor, warned of the risks, was fired in Februrary of 1941, only to be proven right on December 7th when the Japanese attacked and sunk it.

During the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami on 26 December 2004, fishermen said they saw with their own eyes "the reality of generations of legends . . . the remains of ancient temples and hundreds of refrigerator-sized blocks, all briefly exposed before the sea swallowed them up again." - source

Conrad Heyer is the earliest-born person of whom a photograph is known to exist. He fought for the Continental Army under the command of George Washington and participated in Washington's famous crossing of the Delaware in December 1776. In 1852, aged 103, he posed for this daguerreotype. - source

December 5th is Krampusnacht or "Krampus Night" when men dressed as Krampus drink alcohol, run through the streets, and chase delinquent children around and hit them with sticks. Many anthropologists believe the tradition is pre-Christian and goes back to pagan mythology.

During the entire month of December in 2017, Moscow experienced only 6 minutes of sunlight total - source

George Lucas 'ideally would love not to see any footage [of the newest Star Wars film: The Force Awakens] until he walks into the theater next December. He has never been able to be surprised by a Star Wars film before and he said he was looking forward to it.'

Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev launched into space as a Soviet citizen, but returned to earth as a Russian citizen - he was in orbit when the Soviet Union dissolved on December 26, 1991.

Fight Club, The Green Mile, American Beauty, The Sixth Sense, Magnolia, Toy Story 2, and Being John Malkovich were all playing in theaters on December 24, 1999.

The founder of eSnipe, a website that places bids for eBay users during the last seconds of an auction, placed the site for sale in December 2000. The auction was won by an eSnipe user - using eSnipe to place the winning bid.

Morocco, in December 1777, became the first nation to recognize the United States as an independent government, and together they maintain the United States' longest unbroken treaty.

Wham! donated all the royalties from "Last Christmas"—released December 1984—to Ethiopia famine aid.

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Distribution of Post Karma over Top 100K Reddit Users in December 2017

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Visiting my parents during 4 years of college ( August 2013 - December 2016)

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Google became more valuable than Russia's entire stock market back in December 2014

University of Illinois hosts a phone number you can call 24/7 for a few weeks in December and a live person will sing you Christmas carols. They have been doing this for 55 years.

Two thousand and ten years ago, Roman Emperor Augustus banished Ovid to the island of Tomis, where he stayed for the rest of his life. Rome's city council formally revoked his banishment in December 2017

Adolf Hitler's initial reaction to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, when he was first informed about it on the evening of 7 December at Führer Headquarters, was that he claimed "We can't lose the war at all. We now have an ally which has never been conquered in 3,000 years".

Julia "Butterfly" Hill, on December 10, 1997, ascended 180 feet (55 m) up the redwood tree Luna to stave off Pacific Lumber Co. loggers who were clear-cutting. Hill lived on two 6-by-6-foot (1.8 by 1.8 m) platforms for 738 days until a resolution was reached with the logging company.

If the history of the universe was condensed into a year, the Milky Way would form on May 15, life on earth would appear on September 21, and the dinosaurs would go extinct on December 30. Modern humans would evolve on December 31 at 11:52 PM and Columbus would discover America at 11:59:58 PM.

The number 2147483647 is the biggest possible number in 32-bit computing. In December 2014, "Gangnam Style" exceeded the 32-bit integer limit for view count, necessitating YouTube to upgrade the variable to a 64-bit integer

In December 2005, a doctor in England published research suggesting that girls often go through a stage where they hate their Barbie dolls and subject them to a range of punishments, including decapitation and placing the doll in a microwave oven.

The holiday suicide myth supports misinformation about suicide that might ultimately hamper prevention efforts. The idea that suicide rates increase during the holiday season is a myth perpetuated by the media. In fact, suicide rates are the lowest in December.

There is a town in Peru where men, women and children fistfight each other on December 25 to settle old conflicts and begin the new year with a clean slate. "Takanakuy"

PSY's Gangnam Style reached one billion views (the first video to ever do so) on the day that the ancient Mayans predicted the end of the world, December 21, 2012.

Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island, formally donated his birthday by deed of gift to a friend's daughter who felt cheated that her own birthday was December 25th.

Staples, Office Depot, and Office Max are all the same company. Office Depot and Office Max merged in December 2013 and Staples bought the combined company in February of 2015.

In December 2013, Tinder had its first Antarctica match between an American McMurdo Station scientist and visiting camper, a 45 minute helicopter ride away

No one really knows when Jesus was born. December 25 was chosen by the church because it aligned closely with a major pagan festival, which allowed the church to claim a new celebration for Christianity.

The last song of the '90s was Sisqó's "Thong Song" which was released on December 31, 1999.

There is a three-digit-code on every egg carton that indicates the date of packaging, starting with January 1 as 001 and ending with December 31 as 365

The (Abraham) Lincoln family line has been extinct since December 24, 1985, when its last undisputed descendant, Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, died without any children.

In a Black Mirror episode aired in December 2017, a self-driving pizza delivery truck hits a pedestrian. Two weeks later, Pizza Hut and Toyota announced a partnership to make self-driving cars that could deliver pizza.

Samoa never had a December 30, 2011 because they moved from the eastern side of the international dateline to the western side on December 29, therefore skipping a day. Employers were still required to pay their staff for December 30 even though it never existed.

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