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
- 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:
- 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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