On this day December 12-18, 2021 (week 50) infographic
Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries on each day for the week.


On this day December 12-18, 2021 (week 50)

December 12, 2021 - December 18, 2021 - Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries for each day of the week. This week features COP21 climate change summit in Paris, the rise of Solidarity in Poland, the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Bangladesh, the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, and the abolishion of slavery in the United States

December 12, 2015: A landmark deal to try to limit the rise in global temperatures to less than 2°C was agreed at the conclusion of the COP21 climate change summit in Paris

December 13, 1981: General Wojciech Jaruzelski imposed martial law in Poland in an attempt to stifle the rise of the Solidarity union’s challenge against Communist rule

December 14, 1911: Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and three companions became the first men to reach the South Pole, 35 days ahead of Britain’s Captain Robert Scott

December 15, 2001: The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopened to visitors after 11 years of delicate engineering work to reduce its tilt and prevent it from toppling over

December 16, 1971: The independent republic of Bangladesh came into existence after West Pakistani forces surrendered in East Pakistan following India’s intervention

December 17, 2011: North Korean leader Kim Jong-il died from a heart attack, leaving his son, Kim Jong-un, to ensure the stability of the impoverished, nuclear-armed state

December 18, 1865: Slavery was abolished across the United States and its territories following the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

PUBLISHED: 06/12/2021; 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