December 24, 1865: The Ku Klux Klan is formed by six veterans of the Civil War in Pulaski, Tennessee. 
True terrorism always comes from within.

December 24, 1865: The Ku Klux Klan is formed by six veterans of the Civil War in Pulaski, Tennessee. 

True terrorism always comes from within.

December 23, 1972: The 72nd and final day of survival for the Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571. The chartered flight carrying 45 people crashed in the Andes on 13 October 1972. More than a quarter of the passengers died in the crash and several others quickly succumbed to cold and injury. As more perished in the snow and food supply ran out, a decision was made: they would eat parts of the frozen dead. 

December 22, 1997: The Acteal Massacre takes place in Acteal, Chiapas, Mexico. 45 people attending a meeting of indigenous townspeople fighting to keep their land, most of whom were members of the pacifist group Las Abejas (“The Bees”), are murdered. Las Abejas professed support for the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, including the Zapatista’s rejection of violent actions. The paramilitary group Mascara Roja, a group with strong visible ties to the Mexican government, carried out the mass killing. Many suspect the group’s support for the Zapatistas as the reason for the attack.

December 22, 1997: The Acteal Massacre takes place in Acteal, Chiapas, Mexico. 45 people attending a meeting of indigenous townspeople fighting to keep their land, most of whom were members of the pacifist group Las Abejas (“The Bees”), are murdered. Las Abejas professed support for the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, including the Zapatista’s rejection of violent actions. The paramilitary group Mascara Roja, a group with strong visible ties to the Mexican government, carried out the mass killing. Many suspect the group’s support for the Zapatistas as the reason for the attack.

December 21, 1919: Anarchist and revolutionary Emma Goldman is deported to Russia. At her deportation hearing on October 27, she refused to answer questions about her beliefs on the grounds that her American citizenship invalidated any attempt to deport her under the Anarchist Exclusion Act, which could be enforced only against non-citizens of the U.S. She presented a written statement instead: “Today so-called aliens are deported. Tomorrow native Americans will be banished. Already some patrioteers are suggesting that native American sons to whom democracy is a sacred ideal should be exiled.”
(Federal Warrant for Goldman’s deportation above)

December 21, 1919: Anarchist and revolutionary Emma Goldman is deported to Russia. At her deportation hearing on October 27, she refused to answer questions about her beliefs on the grounds that her American citizenship invalidated any attempt to deport her under the Anarchist Exclusion Act, which could be enforced only against non-citizens of the U.S. She presented a written statement instead: “Today so-called aliens are deported. Tomorrow native Americans will be banished. Already some patrioteers are suggesting that native American sons to whom democracy is a sacred ideal should be exiled.”

(Federal Warrant for Goldman’s deportation above)

December 20, 1968: The first known victims of the Zodiac Killer are found murdered. David Arthur Faraday, 17, and Betty Lou Jensen, 16 were shot and killed in Benicia, California . Shortly after 11:00 p.m., their bodies were found by Stella Borgesin, a local resident.

December 19, 1891: Father Charles Randolph Uncles, known as Uncle Charles, a native of Baltimore, becomes the first black American ordained a Roman Catholic priest in the United States.

December 19, 1891: Father Charles Randolph Uncles, known as Uncle Charles, a native of Baltimore, becomes the first black American ordained a Roman Catholic priest in the United States.

December 18, 1966: Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” airs for 1st time on CBS. Dr. Seuss was the pen name for Theodore Geisel who was known for his politically for his democratic views and passionate opposition toward fascism. However, Geisel was a staunch supporter of the Japanese American internment during WWII. Geisel is quoted:
But right now, when the Japs are planting their hatchets in our skulls, it seems like a hell of a time for us to smile and warble: “Brothers!” It is a rather flabby battle cry. If we want to win, we’ve got to kill Japs, whether it depresses John Haynes Holmes or not. We can get palsy-walsy afterward with those that are left.
—Theodor Geisel, quoted in Dr. Seuss Goes to War by Richard H. Minear

December 18, 1966: Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” airs for 1st time on CBS. Dr. Seuss was the pen name for Theodore Geisel who was known for his politically for his democratic views and passionate opposition toward fascism. However, Geisel was a staunch supporter of the Japanese American internment during WWII. Geisel is quoted:

But right now, when the Japs are planting their hatchets in our skulls, it seems like a hell of a time for us to smile and warble: “Brothers!” It is a rather flabby battle cry. If we want to win, we’ve got to kill Japs, whether it depresses John Haynes Holmes or not. We can get palsy-walsy afterward with those that are left.

—Theodor Geisel, quoted in Dr. Seuss Goes to War by Richard H. Minear

December 17, 1961: Gran Circus Norte-Americano fire caused more than 500 deaths in Niterói, Brazil. With 3000 people present, the circus was completely devoured by the flames in five minutes. About 70% of the victims were children. Authorities claimed the fire was caused by arson for which three people were arrested. 

December 17, 1961: Gran Circus Norte-Americano fire caused more than 500 deaths in Niterói, Brazil. With 3000 people present, the circus was completely devoured by the flames in five minutes. About 70% of the victims were children. Authorities claimed the fire was caused by arson for which three people were arrested. 

December 16, 1920: Haiyuan earthquake (7.8 magnitude) caused total destruction in the Lijunbu-Haiyuan-Ganyanchi area. Over 73,000 people were killed in Haiyuan County. A landslide buried the village of Sujiahe in Xiji County. More than 30,000 people were killed in Guyuan County. Damage occurred in 7 provinces and regions, including the major cities of Lanzhou, Taiyuan, Xi’an, Xiningand Yinchuan. Total casualties were reported as 200,000

December 16, 1920: Haiyuan earthquake (7.8 magnitude) caused total destruction in the Lijunbu-Haiyuan-Ganyanchi area. Over 73,000 people were killed in Haiyuan County. A landslide buried the village of Sujiahe in Xiji County. More than 30,000 people were killed in Guyuan County. Damage occurred in 7 provinces and regions, including the major cities of Lanzhou, Taiyuan, Xi’an, Xiningand Yinchuan. Total casualties were reported as 200,000

December 15, 1989: Violent protests in several Romanian cities over the course of roughly a week led the Romanian dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu to abandon power and flee Bucharest causing the end of 42 years of Communist rule in Romania. Ceausescu was captured in Târgovişte and was tried in a military tribunal on charges of genocide, damage to the national economy and abuse of power to execute military actions against the Romanian people. He was found guilty of all charges, and immediately executed on Christmas Day 1989, becoming the last person ever to be condemned to death and executed in Romania. 

December 15, 1989: Violent protests in several Romanian cities over the course of roughly a week led the Romanian dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu to abandon power and flee Bucharest causing the end of 42 years of Communist rule in Romania. Ceausescu was captured in Târgovişte and was tried in a military tribunal on charges of genocide, damage to the national economy and abuse of power to execute military actions against the Romanian people. He was found guilty of all charges, and immediately executed on Christmas Day 1989, becoming the last person ever to be condemned to death and executed in Romania.