On this day December 06-12, 2020 (week 50)

December 6, 2020 – December 12, 2020 – Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries for each day of the week. This week features the giant panda, the spacecraft Galileo, Former Beatle John Lennon, London’s iconic red double-decker bus, German theologian Martin Luther, the World Trade Organisation and Britain’s Brexit impasse.

December 6, 2000: Two giant pandas, a female called Mei Xiang and a male, Tian Tian, arrived at Washington’s National Zoo on a 10-year loan from China

December 7, 1995: A probe from the spacecraft Galileo entered the atmosphere of the planet Jupiter, providing scientists with a first detailed examination of the gas giant

December 8, 1980: Former Beatle John Lennon was shot dead outside his home in New York City. Lennon was just 40 years old, and today is the 40th anniversary of his death

December 9, 2005: London’s iconic red double-decker Routemaster bus was retired after half a century. A new Routemaster inspired by the original entered service in 2012

December 10, 1520: German theologian Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation, publicly burned the papal bull excommunicating him for refusing to recant his beliefs

December 11, 2001: China was finally admitted to the World Trade Organisation over 15 years after its first application, opening up its market of almost 1.3 billion consumers

December 12, 2019: Britain’s snap general election, dominated by the Brexit impasse, produced a clear victory for prime minster Boris Johnson who had campaigned to “get Brexit done”

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