20 DECEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Branch Rickey, 1881
  • Sir Robert Menzies, 1894
  • Irene Dunne, 1898
  • Hortense Calisher, 1911
  • George Roy Hill, 1922
  • David Levine, 1926
  • John Hillerman, 1932
  • Uri Geller, 1946
  • Peter Criss, 1947
  • Jenny Agutter, 1952

Died On This Day:

  • Moss Hart, 1961
  • John Steinbeck, 1968
  • Bobby Darin, 1973
  • Richard Daley, 1976
  • Steve Ross, 1992
  • Dean Rusk, 1994
  • Dawn Steel, 1997
  • Steve Landesberg, 2010

Today's Events:

  • 1560 - First General Assembly of the Church off Scotland.
  • 1606 - Virginia company under Captain Chris. Newport departs London for America with 120 settlers.
  • 1699 - Peter the Great reforms Russian calendar.
  • 1803 - Louisiana purchase final-LA,AR,MS,IO,ND,SD,NE,OK,KS,CO,WY,MO,MN to U.S. for only $27 million.
  • 1848 - Prince Louis Napoleon Bonaparte becomes president of French Republic.
  • 1860 - South Carolina secedes from Union in protest of Abraham Lincoln's election.
  • 1864 - Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman takes Savannah. Civil War.
  • 1924 - Adolf Hitler released from prison after serving only 8 months of 5 year sentence.
  • 1951 - Atomic energy plant in Idaho first begins producing electricity.
  • 1979 - Major nuclear accident at Three Mile Island, Harrisburg, PA.
  • 1987 - Worst ferry boat disaster in history; 4,386 drown when ferry collides with tanker in Philippines.
  • 1989 - President George Bush sends U.S. troops into Panama to capture Manuel Noriega.
  • 2004 - 2nd largest bank robbery in history in Ireland; 20 raiders steal £20 million from Northern Bank, Dunmurry.
  • 2007 - Queen Elizabeth II becomes Britain's longest-living monarch surpassing the 81 years and 243 days of Queen Victoria.

Holiday:

  • Day of Quetzalcoatl Aztec feathered serpent God.

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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