December 14

Published in On this Day listing

  • 1966 Walt Disney (65), film producer and pioneer of film animation, died of lung cancer.
  • 1911 The Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and his five-man team, using dog sleds, became the first to reach the South Pole, 35 days ahead of their British rivals, led by Captain Scott.
  • 1831 In Carrickshock, Co. Kilkenny, a large crowd clashed with armed police guarding a hired agent delivering summonses to tithe defaulters. Seventeen died, including thirteen policemen.
  • 1955 The Republic of Ireland was admitted to the United Nations.
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