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EUScGv1575Dec14Polish Parliament selects Stephen Bathory as king of Poland
NEScGv1582Dec14Zealand/Brabant Netherlands adopt Gregorian calendar, tomorrow is 12/25
ASCfSk1600Dec14Olivier van Noort sinks Spanish galleon San Diego at Bay of Manila (350 die) but loses Fortune Island to Spanish fleet
GBScRn1640Dec14Playwright and novelist, Aphra Behn is baptized at Harbledown England
FRSeIv1656Dec14Artificial pearls first manufactured by M Jacquin in Paris made of gypsum pellets covered with fish scales
FRMeTh1708Dec14Prosper Jolyot de Crebillon’s Electre premieres in Paris
EUScEd1751Dec14Theresian Military Academy opens in Vienna
NACfAr1774Dec14First incident of American Revolution - 400 Massachusetts militiamen attack arsenal of Ft. William and Mary, NH
NACfAr1777Dec14Thomas Conway is named inspector general
NACfAr1782Dec14British evacuate Charleston, South Carolina
NAScGw1793Dec14First state road authorized, Frankfort, Kentucky to Cincinnati
NASeIv1798Dec14David Wilkinson of Rhode Island patents a nut and bolt machine
NAScBd1799Dec14George Washington dies of a throat infection at age 67
NAScGv1819Dec14Alabama admitted to Union as 22nd state
NAMeMu1849Dec14First chamber music group in U.S. gives their first concert (Boston)

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