7 DECEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini, 1598
  • Willa Cather, 1873
  • Rudolf Friml, 1879
  • Heywood C. Broun, 1888
  • Fay Bainter, 1892
  • Rod Cameron, 1912
  • Eli Wallach, 1915
  • Ted Knight, 1923
  • Victor Kiam, 1926
  • Ellen Burstyn, 1932
  • John Kennedy Toole, 1937
  • Harry Chapin, 1942
  • Johnny Bench, 1947
  • Tom Waits, 1950
  • Larry Bird, 1956

Died On This Day:

  • Cicero assassinated, 43 BC
  • Emperor Otto II, AD 983
  • Pope Innocent IV, 1254
  • Madame du Barry, 1793
  • Captain William Bligh, 1817
  • Thomas Nast, 1902
  • Montgomery Ward, 1913
  • Laurette Taylor, 1946
  • Kirsten Flagstad, 1962
  • Rube Goldberg, 1970
  • Thornton Wilder, 1975
  • Peter Carl Goldmark, 1977
  • Robert Graves, 1985
  • Joan Bennett, 1990
  • Greg Lake, 2016

Today's Events:

  • 1431 - Henry VI of England was crowned King of France in Paris.
  • 1663 - Huge storm floods London, "last night...all Whitehall having been drowned," Samuel Pepys writes in his Diary.
  • 1732 - Congreve's "The Way of the World" opens at new Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, London.
  • 1787 - Delaware admitted to Union; becomes first state to ratify Constitution.
  • 1842 - New York Philharmonic Orchestra gives first concert in New York City.
  • 1889 - 'The Gondoliers' by Gilbert and Sullivan opens to rave reviews at the Savoy Theatre in London.
  • 1913 - New York Times publishes the first 12 page advertising supplement - for Gimbel's Department Store.
  • 1917 - U.S. declares war on Austria/Hungary. WWI.
  • 1926 - Gas refrigerator patented by Baltzer Carl von Platen and Georg Munters of Sweden.
  • 1931 - The last Model A Ford, number 4,320,446, was built on this day.
  • 1941 - Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, Hawaii at dawn; 350 planes destroy 21 U.S. ships and 328 aircraft.
  • 1963 - First television Instant action replay broadcast during Army-Navy football game.
  • 1988 - Devastating earthquake near Leninakan in Soviet Armenia; 6.9 on Richter scale blast kills 60,000.
  • 2010 - Shakespeare's First Folio sold by Sothebys London for £2,360.564, about twice its estimate.
  • 2010 - World record price paid for a book: Sotheby's London sells John James Audubon's "Birds of America" for £7,321,250.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Ambrose of Milan
  • Buithe or Boethius
  • Eutychianus
  • Martin of Saujon
  • Servus

Holiday:

  • Pearl Harbor Day

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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