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December 14th might not be immediately recognized by many as a day of notable celebrations, yet it hosts a unique blend of observances that range from whimsical to traditional, regional to global significance.

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Interesting Facts of December 14th

  1. 1. On December 14, 1911, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and his team became the first people to reach the South Pole, successfully beating the British expedition led by Robert Falcon Scott.
  2. 2. The NASA space probe Mariner 2 became the first spacecraft to fly by another planet on December 14, 1962, when it passed by Venus at a distance of about 34,773 kilometers (21,600 miles), collecting valuable data about the planet's atmosphere and temperature.
  3. 3. George Washington died at his Mount Vernon home on December 14, 1799, after developing a severe respiratory illness. He was 67 years old and served as the first President of the United States.
  4. 4. The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, USA. It was one of the deadliest school shootings in American history, resulting in the deaths of 20 children and six adult staff members before the perpetrator committed suicide.
  5. 5. Tycho Brahe, a Danish nobleman known for his accurate and comprehensive astronomical observations, was born on December 14, 1546. His work later became the basis for Kepler's laws of planetary motion.