We usually associate December with the holidays, but other December events in history helped to bring us where we are today, as well. Here is a sampling of December events:
December 4, 1154 - Nicholas Breakspear becomes the first and only Englishman to be the supreme pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. We know him as Pope Adrian IV.
December 8, 1980 - Beatle John Lennon meets an untimely death.
December 9, 1990 - Lech Walesa is elected President of Poland.
December 11, 1946 - UNICEF is founded to help children of Europe after World War II. Its mission is expanded in the 1950's.
December 16, 1773 - American colonists disguised as Native Americans throw cargoes of tea from British ships in protest of the tax on tea. This incident is known as the Boston Tea Party.
December 17, 1903 - Near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville and Wilbur Wright's first flying machine makes it into the sky.
December 20, 1803 - The United States goes on a Christmas shopping spree and gets some real estate. This becomes known as the Louisiana Purchase.
December 21, 1988 - A frightening glimpse of the future occurs when Pan Am Flight 103 explodes over Lockerbie, Scotland; Seton Hill mourns the loss of two outstanding SHU students on the flight, Beth Johnson and Elyse Saraceni.
December 27, 1932 - Radio City Music Hall kicks open its doors.