Category: "December"

December 31

1687 - The first Huguenots set sail from France for the Cape of Good Hope, where they would later create the South African wine industry with the vines they took with them on the voyage.  1695 - The window tax was imposed in Britain, which resulted in… more »

December 30

1460 - At the Battle of Wakefield, in England's Wars of the Roses, the Duke of York was defeated and killed by the Lancastrians.  1853 - The United States bought about 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico in a deal known as the Gadsden Purchase. … more »

December 29

1170 - St. Thomas à Becket, the 40th archbishop of Canterbury, was murdered in his own cathedral by four knights acting on Henry II's orders.  1812 - The USS Constitution won a battle with the British ship HMS Java about 30 miles off the coast of… more »

December 28

1065 - Westminster Abbey was consecrated under Edward the Confessor.  1694 - Queen Mary II of England died after five years of joint rule with her husband, King William III.  1732 - "The Pennsylvania Gazette," owned by Benjamin Franklin, ran an ad for… more »

December 27

1703 - The Methuen Treaty was signed between Portugal and England, giving preference to the import of Portuguese wines into England.  1831 - Charles Darwin set out on a voyage to the Pacific aboard the HMS Beagle. Darwin's discoveries during the voyage… more »
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