On this day

The day Rosa Parks rode the bus image
1st December

The day Rosa Parks rode the bus

How does a woman become famous for riding a bus? When her name is Rosa Parks. On 1st December 1955, Parks, an African-American activist, was sitting in

Anniversary of the first artificial heart image
2nd December

Anniversary of the first artificial heart

In 1982, a Seattle dentist named Barney Clark awoke from surgery he had known he was unlikely to survive, with a brand new heart in his chest. And, no,

Joseph Conrad's Birthday image
3rd December

Joseph Conrad's Birthday

The man who brought us Heart of Darkness, the book that inspired the film Apocalypse Now, Joseph Conrad was born in Poland on this day in 1857, and christened

December 4th image
4th December

December 4th

Anyone who remembers The Black Album, released November 2003, as Jay-Z's eighth studio album, will also remember that today is December 4th, AKA the great

Repeal Day image
5th December

Repeal Day

The Noble Experiment – US Prohibition – came to an end on this day in 1933 when the House of Representatives passed the Twenty-first Amendment to the

Happy St Nicholas Day! image
6th December

Happy St Nicholas Day!

The saint best known as Santa Claus died today more than 1,600 years ago, and in many parts of Europe children will wake up to gifts from the man himself

We're celebrating a Dead Parrot image
7th December

We're celebrating a Dead Parrot

1969 was quite some year. The world celebrated the first man on the moon, 350,000 fans attended Woodstock, the Beatles gave their last performance on the

National Bartender Day image
8th December

National Bartender Day

After some digging, it seems the beautifully adorned folk at Sailor Jerry declared today National Bartender Appreciation Day back in 2011, but there's

Birthday of the world's longest running soap image
9th December

Birthday of the world's longest running soap

Ever since America's TV series As the World Turns finished its epic run in 2010, Britain's Coronation Street has been the world's longest-running soap

Trader Vic's birthday image
10th December

Trader Vic's birthday

If you've ever sipped a Mai Tai or a Zombie, lounged under a palm-thatched roof, then you've enjoyed the wonders of the Tiki nightlife genre that would

International Mountain Day image
11th December

International Mountain Day

Sometimes it feels as though the UN has a day for everything. And, lo and behold, today is Mountain Day, established by the UN General Assembly in 2003

Ol' Blue Eyes birthday image
12th December

Ol' Blue Eyes birthday

Frank Sinatra, born today in 1915, sang in the musical On the Town, I want to wake up, in a city that never sleeps/And find I'm king of the hill/Top of

National Day in St Lucia image
13th December

National Day in St Lucia

Today in St Lucia the sun, as always, shines and the good folk of this tiny country, a Caribbean island only 617 square kilometres (238 square miles) in

It's National Screwdriver Day image
14th December

It's National Screwdriver Day

According to some National Screwdriver Day was actually yesterday on the 13th. Screw them! Others we respect say it's the 14th. A Screwdriver made with

15th December

RIP "Professor" Jerry Thomas

The godfather of modern bartending, author of the first known cocktail book, and the most famous bartender of his era, Jerry Thomas died in New York on

Anniversary of The Boston Tea Party image
16th December

Anniversary of The Boston Tea Party

As an argument about tax and monopolies escalated, on this day in 1773 it culminated in a boat-based riot. As the captains and crew of three British ships

The aeroplane's birthday image
17th December

The aeroplane's birthday

For seven years the Wright brothers had been experimenting with flight from their bicycle shop in Ohio when Orville Wright took to the skies on this day

Keith Richards' birthday image
18th December

Keith Richards' birthday

The godfather of cool, Keith Richards turns - dear lord! - 78 today (born 18th December 1943 in Dartford, Kent, England).

Édith Piaf's birthday image
19th December

Édith Piaf's birthday

Rifle through your record collection, and put on some of the popular French singer's music as a tribute to her short, but incredible life.

Anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase image
20th December

Anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase

In 1803, the United States, then a new nation confined to the eastern seaboard of a largely unknown continent, concluded the biggest property deal in history,

The shortest or Longest day image
21st December

The shortest or Longest day

Depending on whether you are reading this in the Northern of Sothern Hemispheres, you are about to endure the shortest day of the year or enjoy the longest

Anniversary of the Andes Survivors' rescue image
22nd December

Anniversary of the Andes Survivors' rescue

On 13 October 1972, a plane carrying rugby players to a match in Santiago, Chile, crashed high in the snowy Andes. More than two months later, long after

Festivus image
23rd December


For anyone who is fed up with Christmas or irreligious enough to eschew Hanukkah but keen to throw a party, Festivus provides the answer to the secularist's

Christmas Eve image
24th December

Christmas Eve

Today is, of course, Christmas Eve and it's also, rather splendidly, the anniversary of the first time men orbited the moon.

A Very Merry Christmas image
25th December

A Very Merry Christmas

Today is, allegedly, Jesus' birthday, the day he was born in the stable of Bethlehem, and a chance for families around the world to come together and over-indulge

Boxing Day image
26th December

Boxing Day

Depending on where you're from, today is St Stephen's Day, Boxing Day, Wren Day, or just the day after Christmas.

Anniversary of London's Great Fog image
27th December

Anniversary of London's Great Fog

On this day in 1813, a mysterious, thick fog smelling of coal tar blanketed London, cutting visibility so low that folk couldn't see across the street,

Childermas image
28th December


Today is Childermas, if you are an Anglo Christian, or Santos Inocentes, if you are a fun-loving Spaniard - the day when Herod supposedly massacred the

Nanotech was envisioned on this day image
29th December

Nanotech was envisioned on this day

Nanotechnology, the science of manipulating incredibly tiny things – like atoms and molecules – is truly awe-inspiring. Scientists have made films

International Bacon Day image
30th December

International Bacon Day

Perhaps not a celebration for vegetarians, vegans, Jews and Muslims, but for the rest of us, this is a day to enjoy everything from bacon butties to bacon-flavoured

New Year's Eve image
31st December

New Year's Eve

Tonight the world will be celebrating the New Year. In New York, it's all about the ball drop; in Sydney, Hong Kong and London, fireworks rule; in London