12 DECEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Erasmus Darwin, 1731
  • John Jay, 1745
  • Gustave Flaubert, 1821
  • Edvard Munch, 1863
  • Edward G. Robinson, 1893
  • Frank Sinatra, 1915
  • Curt Jurgens, 1915
  • Joe Williams, 1918
  • Mayor Ed Koch, 1924
  • John Osborne, 1929
  • Connie Francis, 1938
  • Dionne Warwick, 1940
  • Grover Washington, 1943
  • Paul Rodgers, 1949
  • Cathy Rigby, 1952

Died On This Day:

  • Aelim II Sultan of Turkey, 1574
  • Sir Marc Isambard Brunel, 1849
  • Robert Browning, 1889
  • John Wanamaker, 1922
  • Douglas Fairbanks Sr., 1939
  • Tallulah Bankhead, 1968
  • David Sarnoff, 1971
  • Lady Spencer-Churchill, 1977
  • Anne Baxter, 1985
  • Vance Packard, 1996
  • Joseph Heller, 1999
  • George Montgomery, 2000
  • Richard Pryor, 2005
  • Eugene McCarthy, 2005
  • Peter Boyle, 2006
  • Ike Turner, 2007
  • Van Johnson, 2008

Today's Events:

  • AD 627 - After 6 years of war, Byzantine Emperor Heraclius beats Persian army at Nineveh in final battle.
  • 1787 - Pennsylvania admitted to Union.
  • 1804 - Spain declares war on Britain at France's instigation.
  • 1870 - Joseph Hayne Rainey of South Carolina becomes first black person to serve in US House of Reps.
  • 1872 - Labrador Duck species becomes extinct; hunter shoots last one over Long Island, New York.
  • 1896 - Marconi gives first public demonstration of radio at Toynbee Hall, London.
  • 1901 - Marconi receives first transatlantic radio signal from UK to Canada; antennas held aloft by kites.
  • 1925 - America's first motel opens for business in San Luis Obispo.
  • 1929 - George Gershwin first conducts 'An American in Paris' at Carnegie Hall.
  • 1955 - Hovercraft patented by Sir Christopher Cockerell.
  • 1955 - Ford Foundation gives $1/2 billion to colleges and medical institutions; world's largest philanthropy.
  • 1963 - Jomo Kenyatta becomes Prime Minister of Kenya.
  • 1980 - Leonardo Da Vinci notebook sold for $5. million.
  • 1988 - Three Van Gogh paintings valued at $60 million stolen from Otterlo Museum in The Netherlands.
  • 2008 - $50 billion Ponzi scheme, biggest in history, revealed in New York as Bernard Madoff arrested.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Edburga of Minster
  • Finnian of Clonard
  • Vicelin

Holiday:

  • Independence Day (Jamhuri) Kenya (1964), Libya (1951)
  • Day of patron saint Our Lady of Guadalupe celebrated in Mexico

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • 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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