On this day December 23-29, 2018 (week 52) infographic
Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries on each day for the week.


On this day December 23-29, 2018

By Julie Mullins

December 23, 2018 - December 29, 2018 - Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries for each day of the week. This week features the Tokyo Tower, the first picture of the earth from space, the carol Silent Night, the citadel of Bam, Princess Leia of Star Wars, Kim Il-sung, and the coelacanth.

December 23, 1958: The Tokyo Tower, the world’s tallest free-standing steel tower, was dedicated in Japan. The 333m comms tower was inspired by the 301m Eiffel Tower in Paris

December 24, 1968: The three astronauts on board Apollo 8 became the first humans to orbit the moon, during which Bill Anders captured his iconic “Earthrise” photograph

December 25, 1818: The popular carol Silent Night was sung for the first time at a church in Oberndorf, Austria. It has since been translated into around 140 languages

December 26, 2003: A devastating earthquake in the Iranian city of Bam killed over 26,000 people and destroyed the 2,000-year-old citadel, the world’s largest mud-brick structure

December 27, 2016: Carrie Fisher, best known as Princess Leia in Star Wars, died aged 60. Her mother, Singin’ in the Rain star Debbie Reynolds, died one day later, aged 84

December 28, 1972: Kim Il-sung was elevated to the newly-created post of President of North Korea. Despite his death in 1994 he remains the country’s “Eternal President”

December 29, 1938: A coelacanth, a prehistoric fish previously believed to have been extinct for 65 million years, was caught off the Indian Ocean coast of South Africa

PUBLISHED: 10/12/2018; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Newscom, Getty, Associated Press
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