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
- 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.
- Day of Quetzalcoatl Aztec feathered serpent God.
- 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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