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 On this day December 4-10, 2022 (week 49) infographic
Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries on each day for the week.


On this day December 4-10, 2022 (week 49)

December 4, 2022 - December 10, 2022 - Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries for each day of the week, This week features Burger King, the Great Smog of London, the Everglades National Park, the wearing of pigtails in China, Angela Merkel of Germany, Christmas cards, and the pop group the Monkees

December 4, 1954: The first Burger King restaurant opened in Miami, Florida. By the early 21st century, Burger King claimed to have about 14,000 stores in around 100 countries

December 5, 1952: Around 4,000 people died when London was enveloped in the Great Smog. The toxic mix of fog and smoke led to a parliamentary act that cut smoke emissions

December 6, 1947: The Everglades National Park, now a World Heritage Site visited by more than one million people every year, was dedicated in southern Florida

December 7, 1911: China’s dying Qing dynasty issued an edict abolishing the compulsory wearing of pigtails, which had come to be seen as a symbol of repression

December 8, 2021: Angela Merkel formally stepped down as Chancellor of Germany after 16 years in power. She was succeeded by Olaf Scholz

December 9, 1843: The first commercially available Christmas card was created in England. Two batches totalling 2,050 cards were printed and sold for a shilling each

December 10, 2021: Michael Nesmith (rear), who shot to fame in the 1960s as the quiet, woolly hat-wearing member of the made-for-TV pop group, the Monkees, died at age 78

PUBLISHED: 28/11/2022; 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