8 DECEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Horace, 65 BC
  • Mary Queen of Scots, 1542
  • Queen Christina Sweden, 1626
  • Eli Whitney, 1765
  • Joel Chandler Harris, 1848
  • William Crapo 'Billy' Durant, 1861
  • Georges Feydeau, 1862
  • Jean Sibelius, 1865
  • George Norman Douglas, 1868
  • Diego Rivera, 1886
  • James Thurber, 1894
  • George Stevens, 1904
  • Lucian Freud, 1922
  • Sammy Davis Jr., 1925
  • Maximilian Schell, 1930
  • Flip Wilson, 1933
  • David Carradine, 1936
  • James MacArthur, 1937
  • James Galway, 1939
  • Jim Morrison, 1943
  • John Rubenstein, 1946
  • Gregg Allman, 1947
  • Kim Basinger, 1953
  • Teri Hatcher, 1964
  • Sinead O'Connor, 1967

Died On This Day:

  • Thomas de Quincey, 1859
  • Herbert Spencer, 1903
  • King Oscar II Sweden, 1907
  • Golda Meir, 1978
  • John Lennon assassinated, 1980
  • Marty Robbins, 1982
  • Slim Pickens, 1983
  • Luther Adler, 1984
  • Martin Ritt, 1990
  • William Shawn, 1992
  • Dr. Ernest Boyer, 1995
  • John Glenn, 2016

Today's Events:

  • 1660 - First time woman allowed to play Shakespeare: Mrs. Norris debuts as Desdemona in 'Othello.'
  • 1792 - Henry Laurens of Charleston, S.C. dies and becomes first person in U.S. to be cremated.
  • 1862 - First postage stamp issued in Hong Kong.
  • 1863 - Abraham Lincoln issues Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction after Civil War ends.
  • 1886 - AFof L, the American Federation of Labor, adopts name at Columbus, Ohio.
  • 1907 - On death of Oscar II, Gustavus V ascends throne of Sweden.
  • 1914 - Irving Berlin's first musical, 'Watch Your Step,' opened on Broadway.
  • 1914 - Naval Battle of the Falkland Islands; British fleet destroy several German ships.
  • 1931 - Coaxial cable patented by inventors Lloyd Espenschied and Herman Affel of NY and NJ.
  • 1941 - The day after Pearl Harbor with 2,400 dead Americans, U.S. declares war on Japan.
  • 1943 - John Van Druten's 'Voice of the Turtle' starts 1,557 performance run in N.Y.
  • 1980 - Autograph hunter Mark David Chapman shoots John Lennon outside Dakota apartment, New York City.
  • 1991 - Death of the Soviet Union; Russia, Ukraine & Byelorussia announce Commonwealth (CIS) at Brest.
  • 1992 - NASA takes first photo of four mile long speeding asteroid 'Toutatis' only 2.2 million miles from Earth.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Budoc

Holiday:

  • Festival of the Immaculate Conception in Italy

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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