Born On This Day:
- Pope Leo X (Giovanni de 'Medici), 1475
- Hector Berlioz, 1803
- Max Born, 1882
- Fiorello La Guardia, 1882
- Victor McLaglen, 1886
- Gilbert Roland, 1905
- Carlo Ponti, 1913
- Aleksander Solzhenitsyn, 1918
- Jean-Louis Trintignant, 1930
- Rita Moreno, 1931
- David Gates, 1940
- Tom Hayden, 1940
- Donna Mills, 1943
- Brenda Lee, 1944
- Teri Garr, 1945
- Christina Onassis, 1950
- Jermaine Jackson, 1954
- Marco Pierre White, 1961
- Curtis Williams, 1962
Died On This Day:
- King Charles XII Sweden, 1718
- Charles Rudolph Walgreen, 1939
- Sam Cooke killed, 1964
- Willie Rushton, 1996
- Ravi Shankar, 2012
- 1719 - First recorded display of Aurora Borealis in America-New England.
- 1769 - Venetian blinds patented in England by Edward Beran.
- 1816 - Indiana 19th state admitted to Union.
- 1848 - Louis Napoleon elected President of the Republic of France.
- 1936 - Edward VIII abdicates throne for love of Mrs. Wallis Simpson; brother George VI becomes King.
- 1941 - U.S. declares war on Germany and Italy, and vice versa.
- 1946 - U.N. founds UNICEF - United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund.
- 1961 - John F. Kennedy orders first U.S. military intervention in Vietnam.
- 1967 - Koyna earthquake near Poona, India kills about 200 and injures a few thousand.
- 1987 - Charlie Chaplin's bowler hat and cane auctioned at Christies for £82,500.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Damasus I
- Daniel the Stylite
- ADVENT SUNDAY, Sunday nearest to feast of Saint Andrew (Nov. 30) whether before or after.
- CHANUKKA (Jewish Feast of Lights), eight day holiday beginning on 25th day of lunar month Kislev.
- TSAO CHÜN, Festival of the Kitchen God in China (23rd day of the twelfth moon (or 24th in Kwantung)
- CH'U HSI, Night of the Thirtieth (29th day of the twelfth moon)
- KWANZAA - African American Heritage celebrated December 26 - January 1
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