December, 16th, 1770: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was born in Bonn, Germany. He is widely considered the greatest orchestral composer who ever lived. He suffered from hearing loss begore he was 30 and by the time of his last (Ninth) symphony, he was completely deaf.
December 16th, 1775: British novelist Jane Austen (1775-1817) was born in Hampshire, England. She wrote love storis concerning the lives of gentry in rural England. Best Known for Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abbey and Emma.
December 21st, 1846: Anaesthesia was used for the first time in Britain during the operation at University College Hospital in London performed by Robert Liston, who amputated the leg of a sevant.
December 23th, 1888: Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh cut off his left ear during a period of depression.
December 25th, 1066: William the Conqueror was crowned KIng of England after he had invaded England from France, defeated and killed King Harold at the Battle of Hastings, the marched on London.
December 25th, 1642: Isaac Newton (1642-1727) was born in Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire, England. He was a mathematician, scientist and author, best known for his work on the theory of gravitation.