14 DECEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Nostradamus, 1503
  • King Henry IV France, 1553
  • King George VI, 1895
  • Gen. Jimmy Doolittle, 1896
  • Margaret Chase Smith, 1897
  • King Paul I Greece, 1901
  • Morey Amsterdam, 1914
  • Dan Dailey, 1915
  • Charlie Rich, 1932
  • Abbe Lane, 1935
  • Lee Remick, 1935
  • Stan Smith, 1946
  • Patty Duke, 1946
  • Michael Ovitz, 1946
  • Chris Waddle, 1960
  • Michael Owen, 1979

Died On This Day:

  • King James V Scotland, 1542
  • Saint John of the Cross, 1591
  • George Washington, 1799
  • Albert Prince Consort, 1861
  • Earl Stanley Baldwin, 1947
  • Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, 1953
  • Dinah Washington, 1963
  • William Bendix, 1964
  • Walter Lippmann, 1974
  • Nathaniel Benchley, 1981
  • Roger Maris, 1985
  • Stuart Symington, 1988
  • Andrei Sakharov, 1989
  • Friedrich Dürrenmatt, 1990
  • Myrna Loy, 1993
  • Norman Fell, 1998
  • Jeanne Crain, 2003
  • Peter O'Toole, 2013

Today's Events:

  • 1542 - Mary Queen of Scots ascends to throne of Scotland on death of James V; she is only 7 days old.
  • 1798 - David Wilkinson of RI patents machine for making screws.
  • 1819 - Alabama 22nd state admitted to Union.
  • 1900 - Quantum theory of physics first revealed by Max Planck to students at Berlin University.
  • 1902 - First message sent by cable across the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco to Honolulu.
  • 1911 - Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen with 52 dogs and four companions conquers South Pole.
  • 1918 - Woman first vote in British national election.
  • 1936 - 'You Can't Take it With You' starts 837 performance run N.Y.-Pulitzer Prize.
  • 1948 - Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip announce name of first son: Charles Philip Arthur George.
  • 1970 - World Trade Center topped out at 110 stories in N.Y.
  • 1981 - Israel annexes Golan Heights, held under occupation since its capture from Syria in the 1967 war.
  • 1997 - In constellation Ursa Major 12 billion years away, star explodes-energy equal to 10 billion trillion stars.
  • 2011 - End of two day marathon auction of Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry at Christie's, New York, reaps world record $137.2 million, the most valuable sale of jewelry in auction history.
  • 2012 - Second deadliest school shooting in America as Adam Lanza kills 20 elementary school children and seven teachers including his mother in Newtown, CT.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Spiridion
  • Fingar or Gwinnear and Phiala
  • John of the Cross
  • Nicasius of Rheis
  • Venantius Fortunatus

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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