Born On This Day:
- Emperor Pedro II Brazil, 1825
- Georges Seurat, 1859
- Sir John Barbirolli, 1899
- Peter Carl Goldmark, 1906
- Russell Lynes, 1910
- Adolph Green, 1915
- Ezra Stone, 1917
- Alexander Haig, 1924
- Julie Harris, 1925
- Edwin Meese III, 1932
- John Ringling, 1936
- Gianni Versace, 1946
- Tracy Austin, 1962
- Lucy Liu, 1968
- Monica Seles, 1973
- Britney Spears, 1981
Died On This Day:
- Hernando Cortes, 1547
- Phillippe II France, 1723
- Marquis de Sade, 1814
- John Brown hanged, 1859
- Jay Gould, 1892
- Edmond Rostand, 1918
- Henry Clay Frick, 1919
- Francis Cardinal Spellman, 1967
- Jose Limon, 1972
- Romain Gary, 1980
- Marty Feldman, 1982
- Philip Larkin, 1985
- Desi Arnaz, 1986
- Aaron Copland, 1990
- Robert Cummings, 1990
- Pablo Escobar, 1993
- Fifi D'Orsay, 1993
- Cal Tinney, 1993
- Joey Adams, 1999
- Dame Alicia Markova, 2004
- 1603 - First performance of a Shakespeare play before royalty: King James sees 'As You Like It' at Wilton.
- 1697 - New St. Paul's cathedral, rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren, opens in London.
- 1804 - Napoleon Bonaparte crowns himself emperor in a ceremony presided over by Pope Pius VII.
- 1805 - Battle of Austerlitz; French under Napoleon beat Austrians and Russians.
- 1816 - Spa Fields riots in London.
- 1823 - Monroe doctrine declared; European powers mustn't interfere with American politics.
- 1867 - Mile long queue of ticket buyers for English writer Charles Dickens' first reading in New York City on 9 December.
- 1868 - Benjamin Disraeli resigns as Prime Minister of England following liberal victory.
- 1882 - America's first pulp fiction magazine, The Golden Argosy, later just Argosy, issued.
- 1901 - Safety razor patented by King Camp Gillette.
- 1942 - Atomic energy first produced at University of Chicago at 3:25 p.m. by physicist Enrico Fermi.
- 1957 - First commercial nuclear power plant opens at Shippingport, PA.
- 1964 - Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley; 800 students arrested - largest Calif. mass arrest in history.
- 1971 - Sheikhdoms in Persian Gulf combine to form United Arab Emirates.
- 1981 - Attempted coup in Seychelles as Mad Mike Hoare and 44 mercenaries hijack Air India plane to escape.
- 1982 - First artificial heart, Jarvik-7, implanted in Barney Clark at University of Utah Med Center.
- 1984 - Toxic gas kills 3,350, 200,000 others blinded and injured in Bhopal, India at Union Carbide plant.
- 1987 - 72-page hand manuscript by Albert Einstein revealing theory of relativity sold for record $1.16m.
- 2001 - Houston energy company Enron collapses under a mountain of debt and claims of fraud.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Chromatius of Aquilea
- Silvanus of Constantinople
- Independence Day United Arab Emirates (1971)
- 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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