Born On This Day:
- Emperor Nero, AD 37
- Gustave Eiffel, 1832
- Maxwell Anderson, 1888
- J. Paul Getty, 1892
- Cesar Romero, 1907
- John Hammond, 1910
- Jeff Chandler, 1918
- Alan Freed, 1922
- Edna O'Brien, 1930
- Tim Conway, 1933
- Dave Clark, 1942
- Don Johnson, 1949
- Mo Vaughn, 1967
- Frankie Dettori, 1970
Died On This Day:
- King Haakon IV of Norway, 1263
- Jan Vermeer, 1675
- Sir Izaac Walton, 1683
- K.P.E. Bach, 1788
- Sitting Bull Chief of Sioux killed, 1890
- Fats Waller, 1943
- Charles Laughton, 1962
- Walt Disney, 1966
- Jess Willard, 1968
- Harry Hershfield, 1974
- Jan Peerce, 1984
- Oral Roberts, 2009
- Bob Feller, 2010
- Blake Edwards, 2010
- Christopher Hitchens, 2011
- Joan Fontaine, 2013
- 1791 - Fifth Amendment passed prohibiting double jeopardy and compulsory self-incrimination.
- 1791 - Bill of Rights becomes part of U.S. Constitution.
- 1792 - America's first life insurance policy issued by Insurance Co. of North America in Philly.
- 1874 - Society for the prevention of cruelty to children established in N.Y.
- 1916 - Battle of Verdun ends; French troops break through German lines taking 7,500 prisoners.
- 1939 - Nylon yarn first produced commercially in Delaware.
- 1939 - 'Gone with the Wind' premieres at Loew's Grand, Atlanta GA.
- 1960 - Teflon cookware first goes on sale at Macy's in New York; stock sells out in two days.
- 1961 - Israeli court sentences Adolf Eichmann to die.
- 1964 - Canadian Parliament adopts the maple leaf as the official symbol for the national flag.
- 1973 - American Psychiatric Association reverses 100 year-old opinion that gays are mentally ill.
Feast Day of Saint:
- 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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