On This Day In History, 14 December

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World Events Today

  • Mary Queen of Scots took over the reign of Scotland from her father, King James V of Scotland today in 1542, she was just 6 days old
  • The French Invasion of Russia, led by Napoleon, also known as the Patriotic War of 1812, ended today in 1812, the French lost and over half a million died
  • Construction of the Three Gorges Dam, the hydroelectric gravity dam spanning the Yangtze River, started today in 1994

Entertainment Events Today

  • The hit album London Calling, the third studio album by the British band The Clash, was released today in 1979 in the United Kingdom
  • The Australian cricket legend Allan Border scored 205 against New Zealand today in 1987, to become Australia’s record run-scorer, he no longer holds the record
  • The British boxer Lennox Lewis was awarded the WBC title today in 1992 without even throwing a punch, Riddick Bowe had earlier given up the title and Lewis was the number one contender

Family Events Today

  • George Washington, a founding father and the first President of the United States, died today in 1799 aged 67
  • Albert Frederick Arthur George, who would become King George VI following the abdication of his brother Edward VIII, was born today in 1895
  • The actor Peter O’Toole, star of the movie Lawrence of Arabia, died today in 2013 aged 81

Main Event Today

  • The Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and his team, became the first to reach the South Pole today in 1911

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Bouillabaisse Day

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