December 31, 1600 – Charter granted to the East India Company

December 31, 1600 – Charter granted to the East India Company

Queen Elizabeth I of England grants a formal charter to the London merchants trading to the East Indies, hoping to break the Dutch monopoly of the spice trade in what is now Indonesia.

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December 10, 1993 – Mike Myers stars in Wayne’s World 2

December 10, 1993 – Mike Myers stars in Wayne’s World 2

On this day in 1993, Wayne’s World 2–the sequel to the 1992 hit comedy starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as a pair of long-haired, heavy-metal-loving slackers who produce a cable access TV show from their basement–opens in theaters.

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December 10, 1941 – Japan becomes master of the Pacific and South China Sea

December 10, 1941 – Japan becomes master of the Pacific and South China Sea

On this day, 4,000 Japanese troops land on the Philippine Islands, while Japanese aircraft sink the British warships Prince of Wales and Repulse.

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