What’s on in December?

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30 November 2017

What’s on in December 2017

or what will be in the news?

by AGGro


FRI 1st

World AIDS Day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, and mourning those who have died of the disease.
75 years ago: WW2 – The cruiser US Northampton is sunk as Japanese destroyers attempt to come down “the Slot” to Guadalcanal.

SAT 2nd

Small Business Saturday UK – campaign to encourage consumers to ‘shop local’.  Many small businesses host events and offer discounts.
Oxford University goes down after Michaelmas Term
Cricket: Australia v England, second Ashes Test, Adelaide (d/n) until 06/12
Rugby League: World Cup Final, Brisbane
Rugby Union:  Wales v South Africa

SUN 3rd

ADVENT SUNDAY only now may carols be played in the shops!

MON 4th

125 years ago: Birth of Francisco Franco, dictator of Spain  (died 1975)
75 years ago: WW2 – first US bombing of mainland Italy – Naples.
Phillip Hammond (Chancellor of the Exchequer) is 57 today.

TUES 5th

Turner Prize 2017 Winner announced on the BBC from the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations.  Every other year, the prize leaves Tate Britain and is presented at a venue outside London.  The Turner Prize award totals £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists.

WED 6th

100 years since Finland declares independence from Russia


Rugby Union: Oxford v Cambridge, Twickenham – Women’s KO: 11.30am / Men’s KO: 3.00pm
75 years ago: WW2 Operation Frankton – British commandos raided on shipping in Bordeaux harbour- (Cockleshell Heroes)

FRI 8th

Feast of the Immaculate Conception Catholics celebrate the conception of Christ in the womb of the Virgin Mary
Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) – Buddhist festival.
50 years ago: Beatles released Magical Mystery Tour EP (13 years later on this day John Lennon (aged 40) was shot dead by Mark David Chapman in New York)

SAT 9th

Last posting dates from UK to Australia, New Zealand Greece & Turkey.
30 years ago: Microsoft releases Windows 2.0
Dame Judy Dench is 83 today

SUN 10th

Squash: World Championships, Manchester – until 17 /12
200 years since Mississippi becomes the 20th U.S. state

MON 11th

50 years ago: ‘Hello Goodbye’ by the Beatles was No 1 in the Top 10 UK

TUES 12th

75 years ago: WW2 – “Operation Winter Storm”, Germans attempt to break through to forces trapped in Stalingrad.

WED 13th

Jewish Festival of  Hanukkah  – until 20/11
50 years ago: Otis Redding, American singer died in an air crash (b.  1941)
Taylor Swift is 28 today

THURS 14th

Cricket: Australia V England, Third Ashes Test, Perth – until 18/12

FRI 15th

Last posting dates from UK to Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain & Switzerland
Dave Clark (Five) is 75 today.

SAT 16th

Last posting dates from UK to Ireland, Belgium, France & Luxembourg
Quentin Blake (illustrator) is 85

SUN 17th

Saturnalia ancient Roman pagan festival
BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards, Liverpool
Pope Francis is 81 today

MON 18th

310 years ago: birth of Charles Wesley, English Methodist hymnist (d.  1788)

TUES 19th

WED 20th

London schools break up for Christmas holiday – until 02/01/2018
Last posting dates from UK for 2nd Class and 2nd Class ‘Signed For’

THURS 21st

WINTER SOLSTICE – “shortest” day (7 hrs. 49 mins) when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is least aligned with the sun thus the least daylight of the year – sunset in UK is around 3.45pm.
Last posting dates from UK for 1st Class and 1st Class Signed For
Courts & Tribunals Judiciary:  End of Michaelmas Term
Jane Fonda (actress) is 80 today

FRI 22nd

Mad Friday (aka Black Eye Friday) nickname for the last Friday before Christmas, the  most popular night for office & works Christmas parties – a busy night for ambulances & police
Ralph Fiennes (actor) is 55 today

SAT 23rd

Emperor Akihito of Japan is 84 today

SUN 24th

300 years ago: Christmas flood: A disastrous flood hits the North Sea coast, between the Netherlands and Denmark; thousands die or lose their houses – until 25/12/1717
75 years ago: WW2 – French Admiral Darlan, the former Vichy leader who had switched over to the Allies following the Torch landings, is assassinated in Algiers.
Ed Milliband is 48

MON 25th


TUES 26th

BOXING DAY –  St Stephen’s Day
Cricket: Australia v England, fourth Ashes Test, Melbourne – 30/12
Horse racing – King George VI Chase, Kempton

WED 27th

10 years ago: President Benazair Bhutto of Pakistan assassinated

THURS 28th

Dame Maggie Smith is 83 today

FRI 29th

Ted Danson (Cheers) is 70 and Jude Law (British actor) is 45 today

SAT 30th

11 years ago: Saddam Hussein (President of Iraq 1979 – 2003) executed.
95 years ago: Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) is formed.
Tiger Woods is 42  & Mike Nesmith (Monkees) is 75 today

SUN 31st

NEW YEAR’S EVE (aka Hogmanay in Scotland).
75 years ago: WW2 – Battle of the Barents Sea, the British win a strategic victory, leading Hitler to largely abandon the use of surface raiders in favour of U-boats.
160 years ago: Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa, then a small logging town, as the capital of Canada.
Alex Salmond is 76 today.

JAN 1st


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