This week in history

November 30, 1982 – Michael Jackson’s Thriller released worldwide

It became the best- selling album of all time, the icon’s album, which had nine tracks, won eight Grammy Awards, including the award for Album of the Year in 1984.

December 1, 1918 – Kingdom of Iceland established

The Kingdom of Iceland was established with the signing of the Act of Union with Denmark. The act recognised Iceland as a sovereign state under a common monarch with Denmark, and the Kingdom lasted until 1944 when a national referendum created the Republic of Iceland.

December 2, 1988 – Benazir Bhutto sworn in as Pakistan’s Prime Minister

Benazir Bhutto took the office as Pakistan's Prime Minister, becoming the first woman PM of Pakistan.

December 3, 1910 – First public demonstration of neon lights

Seen in most urban settings and cities today, the neon light was invented by French inventor and engineer, Georges Claude. They were first displayed at the Paris Motor Show.

December 4, 1980 – Led Zeppelin disbands

The British rock band announced that it was disbanding 12 years after coming on the music scene after the death of its drummer John Bonham.

December 5, 1977 – Egypt breaks all relations with the Arab countries

President Anwar Al-Sadat broke all relations with Syria, Libya, Algeria, and South Yemen in response to these countries and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation signing the Declaration of Tripoli. The declaration followed Sadat's visit to Israel.

December 6, 1967 – World's first pediatric heart transplant

Three days after the first heart transplant in the world occurred in South Africa, Adrian Kantrowitz and his team of surgeons performed United States' first heart transplant and the world's first pediatric heart transplant at the Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn.