Born On This Day:
- Emperor Frederick II, 1194
- Thomas Gray, 1716
- Charles Babbage, 1792
- Henry Miller, 1891
- Mao Tse-tung, 1893
- Elisha Cook, Jr., 1906
- Elizabeth David, 1913
- Richard Widmark, 1914
- Steve Allen, 1921
- Alan King, 1927
- Phil Spector, 1939
Died On This Day:
- Saint Dionysius, AD 268
- Saint Zosimus, AD 418
- Frederic Remington , 1909
- Ambrose Bierce missing presumed dead, 1913
- Kin Hubbard (Frank McKinney), 1930
- Gorgeous George, 1963
- Harry S. Truman, 1972
- Howard Hawks, 1977
- Elsa Lanchester, 1986
- Jason Robards, Jr., 2000
- Nigel Hawthorne, 2001
- Gerald Ford, 2006
- 1606 - First recorded performance of Shakespeare's "King Lear" at Whitehall Palace before King James I.
- 1620 - 102 Pilgrim settlers in Mayflower finally land at Plymouth Rock (Mass.) after bad weather.
- 1776 - George Washington crosses Delaware River to beat British at Trenton, N.J.
- 1805 - Austria recognizes Napoleon as King of Italy under Treaty of Pressburg.
- 1825 - Decembrist Revolt; Russian army officers favor Constantine over Nicholas I.
- 1862 - 38 Sioux Indians 'murderers' hanged from one gallows outside Mankato, Minn. by William J. Duly.
- 1865 - New coffee brewing device, the percolator, introduced by James Nason of Franklin, Mass.
- 1871 - Gilbert and Sullivan's first light opera, 'Thespis' opens at Gaiety Theatre, London.
- 1898 - The Curies discover radium.
- 1901 - Uganda railway completed from Mombasa to Lake Victoria.
- 1908 - Jack Johnson becomes first Black heavyweight boxing champ; beats Tommy Burns at Sydney, Australia.
- 1931 - 'Of Thee I Sing,' first musical to win Pulitzer prize starts 441 performance run in N.Y.
- 1936 - Claire Booth's 'The Women' starts 657 performance run on Broadway.
- 1939 - 7.9 earthquake in Erzincan, Turkey kills 30,000.
- 1941 - Winston Churchill becomes the first British prime minister to address a joint meeting of the US Congress.
- 1973 - Film of 'The Exorcist' premieres; to gross $250 million.
- 2004 - 9.3 earthquake near Sumatra causes tsunami that devastates Indian Ocean territories; About 300,000 dead in 2nd biggest earthquake in history.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Boxing Day in Britain, Canada
- Festival of Saint Stephen in Baiano, Italy
- 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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