Born On This Day:
- Joseph Conrad, 1857
- Edward Lasker, 1885
- Anna Freud, 1895
- Robert Capa, 1913
- Larry Parks, 1914
- Sven Nykvist, 1922
- Maria Callas, 1923
- Ferlin Husky, 1927
- Andy Williams, 1928
- Jean-Luc Godard, 1930
- Ozzy Osbourne, 1948
- Mel Smith, 1952
- Julianne Moore, 1960
- Darryl Hannah, 1960
- Katarina Witt, 1965
Died On This Day:
- Frederick VI Denmark, 1839
- Carl Zeiss, 1888
- Robert Louis Stevenson, 1894
- John Bartlett, 1905
- Mary Baker Eddy, 1910
- Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1919
- Maria Ouspenskaya, 1949
- Philip Barry, 1949
- Sir Oswald Mosley, 1980
- Madeline Kahn, 1999
- David Hemmings, 2003
- 1170 - Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas à Becket, 52, returns to England after 6 year exile in France.
- 1586 - Sir Thomas Herriot introduces potatoes to England, from Colombia.
- 1621 - Galileo perfects his telescope.
- 1685 - Jews barred from settling in Stockholm, Sweden by King Charles II.
- 1775 - First American flag raised aboard the Alfred.
- 1800 - Victory of French over Austrians at Battle of Hohenlinden (Napoleonic wars).
- 1808 - Madrid surrenders to Napoleon.
- 1810 - British capture Mauritius from French.
- 1818 - Illinois 2first state admitted to Union.
- 1833 - The first coeducational college opens-Oberlin Collegiate Institute, Oberlin, OH.
- 1910 - Frenchman George Claude displays neon lighting for the first time at the Paris Motor Show.
- 1926 - Mystery writer Agatha Christie disappears from her Surrey home; reappears 1 week later in Yorks.
- 1947 - 'A Streetcar Named Desire' starts 855 performance run at Barrymore, N.Y.-Pulitzer prize.
- 1961 - Beatles meet their future manager Brian Epstein.
- 1967 - First human heart transplant by Christiaan Barnard in Cape Town South Africa on Louis Washkansky.
- 1994 - Sony introduces Sony PlayStation; 100 million are sold in the next ten years.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Cassian of Tangier
- Francis Xavier
- 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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