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