13 DECEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Pope Sixtus V, 1520
  • Heinrich Heine, 1797
  • Mary Todd Lincoln, 1818
  • John Henry Patterson, 1844
  • Marc Connelly, 1890
  • Drew Pearson, 1897
  • Carlos Montoya, 1903
  • Lillian Roth, 1910
  • Van Heflin, 1910
  • Archie Moore, 1913
  • Johannes Vorster, 1915
  • Ross Macdonald, 1915
  • George Shultz, 1920
  • Dick Van Dyke, 1925
  • Christopher Plummer, 1929
  • John Davidson, 1941
  • Ted Nugent, 1949
  • Steve Buscemi, 1958

Died On This Day:

  • Moses Maimonides, 1204
  • Donatello, 1466
  • King Manuel I Portugal, 1521
  • Samuel Johnson, 1784
  • Friedrich Hebbel, 1863
  • Samuel Gompers, 1924
  • Wassily Kandinsky, 1944
  • Grandma Moses, 1961
  • L. P. Hartley, 1972
  • Alice Marble, 1990
  • Lord Lew Grade, 1998

Today's Events:

  • 1577 - Sir Francis Drake sets sail voyage around the world from Plymouth on ship later called Golden Hind.
  • 1642 - Abel Tasman first sights New Zealand.
  • 1789 - Austrian Netherlands declares independence as Belgium.
  • 1862 - Bloody Union Army defeat at Battle of Fredericksburg (Civil War);12,500 dead or captured.
  • 1878 - First electric street lighting in London switched on by Paris company. Holborn viaduct first to get lit.
  • 1913 - 'Mona Lisa' found unharmed in Florence after being stolen from Louvre August 21, 1911.
  • 1937 - Nanking falls to Japanese in undeclared Sino-Japanese War leading to so-called rape of Nanking.
  • 1981 - Poland's military rulers impose martial law and arrest all Solidarity trade union leaders except Lech Walesa.
  • 2000 - Rembrandt's Portrait of a Lady sold for world record £19.8 million at Christie's in London.
  • 2000 - 5 weeks after vote, Al Gore concedes presidential victory to George W. Bush in US election fiasco.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Lucy (Lucia)
  • Odilia

Holiday:

  • Festival of Santa Lucia celebrated in Sicily
  • Saint Lucia's Day celebrated in Sweden
  • Republic Day (1974) in Malta

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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