Born On This Day:
- King Philip V Spain, 1683
- Sir William Parry, 1790
- Henry Clay Frick, 1849
- Minnie Maddern Fiske, 1865
- Fritz Reiner, 1888
- Sir Ralph Richardson, 1902
- Leonid Brezhnev, 1906
- Jean Genet, 1910
- Thomas 'Tip' O'Neill, 1912
- Edith Piaf, 1915
- David Susskind, 1920
- Cecily Tyson, 1939
- Phil Ochs, 1940
- Robert Urich, 1940
- Richard Leakey, 1944
- Tim Reid, 1944
- Jennifer Beals, 1963
Died On This Day:
- Vitus Bering, 1741
- Emily Brontë, 1848
- Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1851
- Alois Alzheimer, 1915
- Norman Thomas, 1968
- Cyril Ritchard, 1977
- Arthur Rubinstein, 1982
- Dwight Macdonald, 1982
- Carl Sagan, 1996
- Marcello Mastroianni, 1996
- John V. Lindsay, 2000
- Hope Lange, 2003
- Renata Tebaldi, 2004
- Kurt Masur, 2015
- 1154 - Henry II becomes King of England
- 1241 - The term 'parliament' first used in official English royal document.
- 1732 - Benjamin Franklin publishes his 'Poor Richard's Almanack' at Philadelphia.
- 1776 - Thomas Paine writes 'These are the times that try men's souls'- propaganda pamphlet 'The Crisis.'
- 1783 - William Pitt the Younger becomes youngest Prime Minister of England at age 24.
- 1842 - U.S. recognizes independence of Hawaii.
- 1843 - Charles Dickens's 'A Christmas Carol' published by Chapman and Hall; 6,000 copies sold by the 24th.
- 1863 - Linoleum patented by Frederick Walton in London.
- 1871 - Samuel Clemens (MT!) gets patent for 'improvement in adjustable and detachable garment straps.'
- 1871 - Inventor Albert L. Jones of New York receives patent on corrugated packing paper.
- 1939 - New York premiere festivities of 'Gone with the Wind' is first to be televised.
- 1957 - Air service between London and Moscow inaugurated.
- 1958 - Christmas greeting from President Dwight D. Eisenhower is first message broadcast from outer space.
- 1972 - Moon program ends as Apollo 17 splashes down in Pacific with Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt.
- 1984 - Britain and China sign agreement to return Hong Kong to China in 1997.
- 1999 - After 442 years, Macau's colonial rule ends; Portuguese turn over government to China.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Saint Samantha (Celtic saint)
- 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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