This Day in History: December

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December 7, 1941: Japan Bombs Pearl Harbor
1: December 7, 1941: Japan Bombs Pearl Harbor

Take a unique look at one of the most well-known events in military history to better understand how the bombing of Pearl Harbor ultimately marked the beginning of the end for the Japanese empire. Professor Mark J. Ravina examines the reasons why Japan embarked on a war they were not prepared to finish—let alone, win—and the plethora of disastrous miscalculations based on flawed assumptions made under the guidance of a leader with no military experience.

10 min
December 15, 1832: Gustave Eiffel Is Born
2: December 15, 1832: Gustave Eiffel Is Born

Join Professor Stephen Ressler to uncover the inner workings of the most recognizable structure in the world: the Eiffel Tower.

8 min
December 16, 1770: Ludwig van Beethoven Is Born
3: December 16, 1770: Ludwig van Beethoven Is Born

Join esteemed Professor Robert Greenberg, Music Historian-in-Residence with San Francisco Performances, to take a look back at the life and times of Ludwig van Beethoven.

5 min
December 28, 1065: Westminster Abbey Is Consecrated
4: December 28, 1065: Westminster Abbey Is Consecrated

Professor Cook introduces you to the London abbey church commonly known as Westminster Abby. Dramatically redesigned and expanded in the 13th century, you’ll see how the church stands as both a monument to English royal history and a masterpiece of English Gothic architecture.

9 min