The United Nations Security Council is called into session by the Soviet Union in order to consider Soviet demands for the Security Council to seek the immediate release of the former Congolese Premier Patrice Lumumba.
Monday, December 7, 1953
A visit to Iran by American Vice President Richard Nixon sparks several days of riots. Three students are shot dead by police in Tehran. This event would become an annual commemoration. See August 19.
Wednesday, December 7, 1949
The government of the Republic of China finishes its evacuation to Taiwan, and declares Taipei its temporary capital city.
Sir Isaac Newton's "Method of Fluxions" (1671), describing his method of differential calculus, is first published (posthumously) and Thomas Bayes publishes a defense of its logical foundations (anonymously)."An Introduction to the Doctrine of Fluxions, and a Defence of the Mathematicians Against the Objections of the Author of the Analyst".
George Hamilton, 1st Earl of Orkney, becomes the first Field Marshal of Great Britain.
A fire in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg burns 2000 houses.
The Spanish are pushed out of southern Gelderland by the Dutch forces.
Japan is united by Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
A group of English merchants gains the right to trade in Ottoman territory in return for supplying the sultan with iron, steel, brass and tin for his war with Persia.
Saturday, December 6, 374 (Julianian calendar)
The people of Milan astonish Ambrosius, governor of Aemilia-Liguria, by acclaiming him bishop. He is the second son of the former praetorian prefect of Gaul, and becomes a creative thinker whose ideas will provide the paradigm for medieval church-state relations.