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 On this day December 27, 2020 - January 02, 2021 (week 53) infographic
Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries on each day for the week.


On this day December 27, 2020 - January 02, 2021(week 53)

December 27, 2020 - January 2, 2021 - Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries for each day of the week. This week features the Hagia Sophia, the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance, the bombing of London in World War II, Australian bushfires, the start of Covid-19, President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil and cloning pigs for organ transplantation

December 27, 537: Istanbul’s famous Hagia Sophia was inaugurated. Initially a Greek Orthodox cathedral, it became a mosque under the Ottoman Empire and is now a museum

December 28, 1945: The U.S. Congress adopted the Pledge of Allegiance, a patriotic oath of loyalty to be recited daily by American schoolchildren, first written in 1892

December 29, 1940: In World War II, German aircraft dropped thousands of incendiary bombs on London, causing the worst fire damage in the city since the Great Fire of 1666

December 30, 2019: Thousands of people fled to a local beach awaiting evacuation near Mallacoota, Victoria, amid the most destructive bushfire season in Australian history

December 31, 2019: Health authorities in Wuhan, China, made the first public announcement about a case of pneumonia of unknown origin, later called Covid-19

January 1, 2011: Dilma Rousseff was sworn in as Brazil’s first female President. She was re-elected in 2014 but was impeached and removed from office in 2016

January 2,2002: Scientists announced they had successfully cloned pigs without the presence of a gene that would cause a human body to reject a transplant

PUBLISHED: 13/12/2020; DESIGN: Phil Bainbridge; PICTURE RESEARCH: Julie Mullins; EVENT SELECTION: Fiona Roberts and Susan Shepherd; PROOFING: Julie Mullins; TECHNICAL CONSTRUCTION: Fiona Roberts;STORY: Julie Mullins; PICTURES: Newscom, Getty, Associated Press