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
- 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- 1933 - Prohibition repealed at 3:32 p.m. Mountain Time when Utah ratifies 21st Amendment; bars re-open.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:
- Feast of St. Nicholas in Holland, St. Nicholas' Eve in Belgium, Czechoslovakia
- 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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