Born On This Day:
- Joseph Smith, 1805
- Yousuf Karsh, 1908
- José Greco, 1918
- Helmut Schmidt, 1918
- Ruth Roman, 1924
- Harry Guardino, 1925
- Crown Prince Akihito of Japan, 1933
- Paul Hornung, 1935
- Elizabeth Hartman, 1941
- Susan Lucci, 1949
- Eddie Vedder, 1965
Died On This Day:
- Saint Ivo of Chartres, 1116
- Charles Dana Gibson, 1944
- Laurenti Beria executed, 1953
- Lord Halifax, 1959
- Charles Atlas, 1973
- Peggy Guggenheim, 1979
- Jack Webb, 1982
- Ronnie Scott, 1996
- Victor Borge, 2000
- Oscar Peterson, 2007
- 1617 - First penal colony in US established in Virginia.
- 1672 - Moon of Saturn named Rhea discovered by Giovanni Cassini.
- 1681 - Colonists repeal New England ban on Christmas celebrations after 22 years.
- 1690 - American government floats first loan; Massachusetts Bay Colony issues tax certificates.
- 1783 - George Washington resigns as commander-in-chief of army and retires to Mt. Vernon, VA.
- 1787 - HMS Bounty under Captain William Bligh, sets sail for the South Seas.
- 1823 - Poem 'Visit from St. Nicholas' (The Night Before Christmas) published by author Clement Moore.
- 1834 - John R. Morrison of Springfield, OH gets patent on bellows for smiths and furnace fires.
- 1913 - Federal Reserve Bank in U.S. founded.
- 1947 - Bardeen and Brattain first show new transistor to boss, William Shockley; 3 to win 1956 Nobel Prize.
- 1953 - Comedian Mort Sahl makes stand-up debut at San Francisco nightclub Hungry i.
- 1972 - 6.2 earthquake at Managua, Nicaragua kills 12,000.
- 1986 - Voyager airplane flies nonstop around the world without refueling; Pilots Rutan and Yeager.
- 1997 - Woody Allen, 62, marries Soon-Yi Previn, 27.
- 2014 - Only five months after passing 17,000, the Dow Jones Industrial Average slips over 18,000 for the first time in history.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Emperor's birthday celebrated in Japan
- 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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