Great Smog of London - December 5, 1952

On this day in 1952, a toxic smog that killed thousands of people descended on London. Click here to learn more about the incident in an episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class called "The Great London Smog." 

Last Year's Lesson: Rainer Maria Rilke Born - Dec. 4, 1875

Rainer Maria Rilke was born on this day in 1875.

Edith Cavell born - December 4, 1865

On this day in 1865, Edith Cavell - a nurse who helped Allied soldiers escape Belgium during World War I - was born.

Last Year's Lesson: Kapenguria Six Trial Began - Dec. 3, 1952

The trial of the Kapenguria Six began on this day in 1952.

Battle of the Eureka Stockade - December 3, 1854

On this day in 1854, miners seeking reforms in Victoria, Australia, rebelled against colonial authorities. 

Last Year's Lesson: Monroe Doctrine - Dec. 2, 1823

The Monroe Doctrine was articulated in an address to Congress on this day in 1823.

Bhopal disaster - December 2, 1984

On this day in 1984, a leak in a storage tank at a pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, triggered one of the worst industrial disasters in the world.

Last Year's Lesson: Rosa Parks Refused to Give Up Her Seat - Dec. 1, 1955

Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus on this day in 1955.

Christine Jorgensen's gender confirmation surgery announced - December 1, 1952

On this day in 1952, the New York Daily News announced Christine Jorgensen's gender confirmation surgery. 

Last Year's Lesson: Elizabeth I Delivered Golden Speech - Nov. 30, 1601

Elizabeth I delivered her "Golden Speech" on this day in 1601.