On December 13, 1961, Grandma Moses, an American folk painter, passes away. She was born in 1860 as Anna Mary Robertson Moses. Professionally she went by her nickname, Grandma Moses.
On December 12,1963, Kenya gains its independence from the United Kingdom. Shortly after this time Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s began publishing his novels. His work is largely social commentary on Kenya
On December 11, 1936, the United Kingdom faces an abdication crisis. Edward VIII abdicates as King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions beyond the Seas, and Emperor of
On December 10, 1815, Ada Lovelace is born. She is the only legitimate child of the poet Lord Byron and his wife Anne Isabella “Annabella” Milbanke, Lady Wentworth. She is
On December 9, 1979 the smallpox virus is eradicated, becoming the first of only two diseases that have been driven to extinction in known human history. Rinderpest in 2011 is
On December 8, 1941, Japanese forces attack Pearl Harbor. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt would mark it “a date which will live in infamy”. The attack prompts the the U.S.
On December 7, 1873, Willa Cather is born in Gore, Virginia. She goes on to spend her childhood in Virginia and the Nebraska where her works such as My Antonia
On December 6, 1953, Vladimir Nabokov completes Lolita after five years of writing it. It would go on to become one of the most controversial novels in western literature, but
On December 5, 1901, Walt Disney is born in Chicago, IL. His legacy and his entertainment empire, made him a legend with stories that showed a public and a personal
On December 4, 1894, Robert Louis Stevenson is buried the day after he passes away at his home in Samoa. He is carried by fellow residents on the island to