Born On This Day:
- Madame de Pompadour, 1721
- Charles Goodyear, 1800
- Andrew Johnson, 1808
- William Gladstone, 1809
- Pablo Casals, 1876
- Jess Willard, 1881
- Tom Bradley, 1918
- Mary Tyler Moore, 1938
- Jon Voight, 1938
- Marianne Faithfull, 1946
- Ted Danson, 1948
- Paula Poundstone, 1959
- Ashleigh Banfield, 1967
- Jude Law, 1972
Died On This Day:
- St. Thomas à Becket assassinated, 1170
- Sir William Osler, 1919
- Rainer Maria Rilke, 1926
- Don Marquis, 1937
- Eden Phillpotts, 1960
- Paul Whiteman, 1967
- Harold Macmillan, 1986
- 1170 - Thomas à Becket is killed by four leading knights of Henry II's court in Canterbury Cathedral.
- 1720 - London Haymarket Theatre opened.
- 1775 - Sarah Siddons makes London stage debut.
- 1778 - British capture Savannah, Georgia.
- 1845 - Texas 28th state admitted to Union.
- 1859 - YMCA (Young Men's Christian Organization) organized in Boston, 15 years after Britain.
- 1890 - Massacre of Wounded Knee, South Dakota-300 women & children Indians killed by U.S. 7th Cavalry.
- 1891 - Thomas Alva Edison granted patent on electrical transmission of radio signals.
- 1911 - Revolutionary leader Sun Yat-sen elected President of provisional government of China.
- 1940 - Germany begins dropping incendiary bombs on London. WWII.
- 1954 - Vietnam achieves independence.
- 1975 - Equal Pay Act of 1970 in the UK prohibiting less favorable pay and conditions for women comes into force.
- 2011 - One million North Koreans mourning death of Kim Jong Il witness installation of Kim Jong-un as 'supreme leader of the party, state and army.'
Feast Day of Saint:
- Marcellus the Righteous
- Thomas of Canterbury
- National Holiday in Nepal celebrating King's birthday
- 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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