27 DECEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Johannes Kepler, 1571
  • Louis Pasteur, 1822
  • Sydney Greenstreet, 1879
  • Cyrus Eaton, 1883
  • Marlene Dietrich, 1901
  • Oscar Levant, 1906
  • William Masters, 1915
  • Moshe Arens, 1925
  • Gerard Depardieu, 1948

Died On This Day:

  • Charles Lamb, 1834
  • Charles Atlas, 1922
  • Amy Vanderbilt suicide, 1974
  • Hoagy Carmichael, 1981
  • George Roy Hill, 2002
  • Alan Bates, 2003
  • Benazir Bhutto, 2007
  • Norman Schwarzkopf, 2012
  • Carrie Fisher, 2016

Today's Events:

  • 1831 - Charles Darwin sets sail from Plymouth, England on HMS Beagle eventually to Galapagos Islands with crew of 73.
  • 1871 - World's first cat show held at Crystal Palace, London.
  • 1904 - James Barrie's 'Peter Pan' first performed in England at brand new theatre - Duke of York's.
  • 1927 - Leon Trotsky expelled from Soviet Communist party.
  • 1927 - 'Showboat' by Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II opens in N.Y.
  • 1932 - Radio City Music Hall opens in N.Y.
  • 1934 - Persia should now be called Iran, says the Shah of Persia.
  • 1939 - Earthquake in Erzincam Turkey kills 50,000.
  • 1945 - International Monetary Fund established - World Bank founded.
  • 1947 - Premiere of new children's television show on NBC - 'Howdy Doody.'
  • 1947 - Record twenty-six inches of snow falls on New York City; 80 dead in northeast storm.
  • 1965 - 'The Persecution and Assassination of Marat as performed by. . . .' opens on Broadway.
  • 1968 - Apollo 8 and 3 astronauts land in Pacific safely - man's first trip to the moon.
  • 1979 - -Soviet forces seize Afghanistan; pres. Hafizullah Amin is executed and replaced by Babrak Karmal.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Fabiola
  • John the Divine

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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