5 DECEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Martin Van Buren, 1782
  • George Armstrong Custer, 1839
  • Admiral Lord Jellicoe, 1859
  • Fritz Lang, 1890
  • Walt Disney, 1901
  • Strom Thurmond, 1902
  • Otto Preminger, 1906
  • Larry Kert, 1930
  • Little Richard, 1932
  • Joan Didion, 1934
  • Calvin Trillin, 1935
  • Chad Mitchell, 1936
  • José Carreras, 1946
  • Jim Messina, 1947
  • Morgan Brittany, 1951
  • Frankie Muniz, 1985

Died On This Day:

  • King Francis II France, 1560
  • Gerhard Mercator, 1594
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1791
  • Alexander Dumas (pere), 1870
  • Emperor Pedro II Brazil, 1891
  • Sir Henry Tate, 1899
  • Christian Herter , 1910
  • Claude Monet, 1926
  • 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson, 1951
  • Harold Ross, 1951
  • Jimmy Cannon, 1973
  • Don Meredith, 2010
  • Dave Brubeck, 2012
  • Nelson Mandela, 2013

Today's Events:

  • 1456 - 35,000 die in earthquake in Naples, Italy.
  • 1492 - Columbus discovers island of Santo Domingo; meets natives and trades them worthless glass beads for their precious gold.
  • 1496 - King Manuel I of Portugal orders all Jews expelled from the country.
  • 1766 - London auctioneers Christie's hold their first sale presided over by James Christie.
  • 1776 - Phi Beta Kappa founded at William & Mary College, VA.
  • 1854 - Folding theatre chair patented by Aaron H. Allen of Boston.
  • 1872 - Good ship Mary Celeste found abandoned, drifting in Atlantic with cargo of alcohol.
  • 1893 - Canada produces first electric car built in Toronto; could travel 15 miles between charges.
  • 1929 - America's first national nudist association formed.
  • 1933 - Prohibition repealed at 3:32 p.m. Mountain Time when Utah ratifies 21st Amendment; bars re-open.
  • 1941 - Britain declares war on Finland, Hungary and Romania. WWII.
  • 1941 - 'Angel Street' starts 1,295 performance run in N.Y.
  • 1955 - Labor organizations AF of L and CIO merge under leadership of AF of L's George Meany.
  • 1955 - Following Rosa Parks refusal to give up bus seat, bus boycott declared by blacks in Alabama.
  • 1958 - Britain get its first stretch of motorway - the Preston Bypass, 8.5 miles long connecting A6.
  • 1974 - Last episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus broadcast by BBC TV.
  • 1985 - Single bottle of 1787 Chateau Lafitte initialed by Thomas Jefferson sold at Christie's for $157,500.
  • 2005 - Civil parnerships for same-sex couples become legal in Britain.
  • 2006 - Little Black dress Audrey Hepburn wore in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" fetches $800,000 at Christies in London, six times its estimated price.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Birinus
  • Crispina
  • Sabas

Holiday:

  • Feast of St. Nicholas in Holland, St. Nicholas' Eve in Belgium, Czechoslovakia

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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