14 December, in 1861, the death of Prince Albert; and in 1799, the death of George Washington;
13 December in 1937, the ‘Rape of Nanking‘; in 1818, the birth of Mary Todd Lincoln;
12 December in 1977, the death of Clementine Churchill;
9 December in 1868, the birth of Fritz Haber, pioneer of gas warfare;
8 December in 1542, the birth of Mary, Queen of Scots; and in 1952, the death of Charles Lightoller, Second Officer on the Titanic.