This Month In History: December

December 2, 2021

December is a month of holiday traditions and general merriment around the world. However, this month also marks the anniversary of several fascinating events! Take a look:

1887: Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, the first device that recorded sound. What did he record? He recited “Mary Had a Little Lamb”! This device later evolved into a gramophone and then a record player, one of the early devices used to listen to music!

Nobel via By Photograph: JonathunderMedal: Erik Lindberg (1873-1966) –

1896: Alfred Nobel died and left a will that said his fortunes must be used to reward accomplishments in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and peace … now known as the Nobel Prize.

Disney photo from Public Domain

1901: Walt Disney was born in Chicago, Illinois. Cartoons and animation would never be the same without this visionary!

Rosa Parks via Alabama Department of Archives and History

1955: Rosa Parks was arrested for disobeying a law in Alabama by refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger. At the time, black people were required to sit at the back of the bus, and Ms. Parks’ actions started a movement that eventually ended the ban of racial segregation on public transport.

1982: The first artificial heart was transplanted into a human at the University of Utah.

1988: Benazir Bhutto was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Pakistan and became the first woman to lead a Muslim country.

2001: The Segway, a self-balancing, battery-powered vehicle you still see around today, was released nationally by the inventor, Dean Kamen.