19 December, 1886 – Sherlock Holmes’ The Adventure of Beryl Coronet began

The short detective story written by Arthur Conan Doyle and featuring detective Sherlock Holmes and his friend and assistant Dr Watson began on this date with the theft of precious crystals from a coronet.

20 December, 2007 – Queen Elizabeth became the longest-living British monarch

The previous longest living monarch - Queen Victoria – died when she was 81 years, 7 months, and 29 days old. Queen Elizabeth turned 81 years, 7 months and 30 days on this day.

21 December, 1937 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs released

The movie made by Walt Disney Productions was the world's first full-length animated feature film and it was based on a German fairy tale of the same name by the Brothers Grimm.

22 December, 1882 – First Christmas tree to be illuminated by electric lights was displayed

Edward Johnson, an associate of inventor Thomas Edison and the Vice President of the Edison Electric Light Company became the first person to decorate a Christmas tree with electric lights in New York.

23 December, 1958 – Tokyo Tower opened to the public

At 333 meters tall, it is the world's tallest, self-supported steel tower. It is based on the Eiffel Tower and is used for communication purposes.

24 December, 1951 – Libya gained independence from Italy

The North African country had been ruled by Italy since 1912. After independence, it became a constitutional monarchy under King Idris.

25 December, 1643 – Christmas Island discovered

Captain William on the East India Company ship did not stop at the Australian island, which owes its name to the date of its discovery. It was not until 44 years later that Europeans stepped on the Island.