December’s Historical Figures
Walt Disney was born on December 5th, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois. After attending the Chicago University of Art and enlisting in the American Ambulance Corps, he moved to Los Angeles, where he founded Disney Bros. Studios with his brother Roy. Little did he know that this company would have a great impact on the world. Disney is most famous for his early sound animated film Steamboat Willie and the character Mickey Mouse. Mr. Disney’s theme parks bring in millions of visitors every year and the company he founded is still creating films fifty years after his death on December 15, 1966.
King Henry VI was born on December 6th, 1421 in Windsor, England. He was crowned King of England at just nine months old and was later crowned King of France in 1431. This proved too much for King Henry VI and he had a mental breakdown in 1453. After he recovered, England was in the midst of a civil war, also known as the War of Roses. Henry VI lost the throne to England twice and died in 1471 when he was imprisoned in the London Tower.
Queen Christina of Sweden was born on December 18th, 1626 in Stockholm, Sweden. Her father, King Gustavus Adolphus, died when Christina was six, leaving her as Queen. Queen Christina was raised as a prince would be raised. She was educated in many subjects and learned how to fence at a young age. Christina was considered extremely ahead of her time and did not conform to the standards that most women were held to. Queen Christina refused to marry or have children, which angered her subjects. They feared that she would die and leave them without a ruler. She held a close relationship with Countess Ebba Sparre and frequently wrote of the beauty of her lady-in-waiting. When the Queen couldn’t handle the urging of her marriage any longer, she crowned her cousin as her heir and left the kingdom. She died on April 19th, 1689.