December 7, 1972: The first photograph of Earth in full view.
Photo: Crew of Apollo 17 / NASA
December 6, 1969: A free concert conceived and headlined by The Rolling Stones is held at the Altamont Speedway, 60 miles east of San Francisco. Approximately 300,000 people came to the event featuring performances by Ike and Tina Turner, Santana, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and The Rolling Stones.
Unlike the peaceful and well organized “Woodstock Music and Art Fair” held four months earlier, the largely improvised Altamont Free Festival became a scene of chaos, violence and death.
"The vibes were bad. Something was very peculiar, not particularly bad, just real peculiar. It was that kind of hazy, abrasive and unsure day. I had expected the loving vibes of Woodstock but that wasn’t coming at me. This was a whole different thing." - Grace Slick
Photo: Hell’s Angels fight with pool cues during the Altamont Free Concert 12/6/69 (John Springer)
December 4, 1952: A thick, heavy smog begins to smother London and persists for the next four days. By December 7, there was virtually no sunlight and visibility was reduced to five yards. After a collision between two trains occured, all transporation was halted in the region. It is believed that approximately 4,000 people were killed and over 100,000 were made ill from smog’s effects to their respiratory systems. It is known to be the worst air-pollution event in the history of the United Kingdom.
Photo: Piccadilly Circus, London 1952 (Central Press)
December 3, 1979: Eleven people (Teva Ladd, 27; Walter Adams, Jr., 22; James Warmoth, 21; Phillip Snyder, 20; David Heck, 19; Tyler Corcoram, 19; Peter Bowes, 18; Connie Burns, 18; Bryan Wagner, 17; Karen Morrison, 15; and Jacqueline Eckerle, 15) are killed in a stampede at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio.
18,348 fans came to see the rock group, The Who, perform at their sold-out concert. Just 3,578 tickets were for reserved seats, while 14,770 were for unassigned seats, also known as “festival seating”. Many fans arrived early and waited outside the Coliseum in bitter cold conditions. As the crowd heard the band performing a late sound check, many mistakenly believed the concert was beginning. This began a rush toward the entryway doors from the back of the crowd, causing some at the front of the crowd to be trampled as those pushing from behind were unaware the doors were still closed.
The band members of The Who only learned what had happened after their performance ended.
Photo: Cincinnati Enquirer