International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development (United Nations)
Austria: Krampuslauf (Krampus Day).
Children are invited to throw snowballs at the Krampus, in folklore, a devilish, horned companion of St. Nicholas who punishes naughty children. Annually, on the eve of St. Nicholas’s Day.
Bathtub Party Day
Martin Van Buren birth anniversary (1782-1862). Van Buren was the first president born in the
Birth anniversary of English poet Christina Rossetti (1830-94).
Walt Disney birth anniversary (1901-66).
In 1784, poet Phillis Wheatley died at Boston, MA.
Prohibition ended on this date in 1933.
Anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott beginning at Montgomery, AL. The boycott lasted from Dec 5, 1955, to Dec 20, 1956.
Anniversary of the merger of the AFL and CIO in 1955.
In 1996, “irrational exuberance” entered the lexicon: In a speech at Washington, DC, then Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan uttered the now notorious catchphrase about the high-flying 1990s stock market.
Happy Birthday! Morgan Brittany, José Carreras, Margaret Cho, Joan Didion, Jeroen Krabbe, Little Richard, Jim Messina, Frankie Muniz, Calvin Trillin.
Saint Nicholas Day
Ecuador: Day of Quito (Founding Anniversary in 1534)
Ghana: National Farmers' Day
National Miner’s Day
National Pawnbrokers Day
National Sales Person's Day
Dickens on the Strand at Galveston, TX (Dec 6-8). 40th annual. See www.dickensonthestrand.org.
Anniversary of the beginning of the New Madrid, MO, earthquakes in 1811, which lasted through Feb 12, 1812.
In 1865, the 13th amendment was ratified, abolishing slavery in the
In 1917, the city of
In 1969, the Rolling Stones; Jefferson Airplane; Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; Santana; and The Flying Burrito Brothers performed at the controversial (and fatal to one concertgoer) Altamont
Birth anniversary of Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin (1805-71), founder of modern magic. Harry Houdini’s stage name was a salute to Robert-Houdin.
Birth anniversary of American poet Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918). Kilmer is most famous for “Trees” (1913). He was killed in action in WWI.
Birth anniversaries of lyricist Ira Gershwin (1896-1983) and jazz innovator Dave Brubeck (1920-2012).
Happy Birthday! Andrew Cuomo, Macy Gray, Thomas Hulce, James Naughton, Craig Newmark, Janine Turner, JoBeth Williams, Steven Wright.
United Nations: International Civil Aviation Day
2013 MLS Cup: Sporting Kansas vs. Real Salt Lake, Sporting Park, Kansas City, KS.
Chester Greenwood Day Parade at Farmington, ME. A celebration of
Anniversary of the 1941 Japanese attack on the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, HI, which resulted in 3,000 casualties and a declaration of war being requested by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
In 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the proposed US constitution.
In 1972, Apollo 17 was launched. This was the last US manned mission to the moon.
150th birth anniversary of Richard Warren Sears (1863-1914), cofounder and president of Sears, Roebuck and Company.
Birth anniversary of author Willa Cather (1873-1947).
Happy Birthday! Johnny Bench, Larry Bird, Ellen Burstyn, Thad Cochran, Edd Hall, C. Thomas Howell, John Terry, Tom Waits, Eli Wallach.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Guam: Lady of Camarin Day
1886: American Federation of Labor (AFL) was founded.
1941: America entered WWII (1941).
1980: John Lennon was murdered outside his New York City apartment building.
1991: The USSR was dissolved.
1993: NAFTA was signed.
Birth anniversary of artist Diego Rivera (1886-1957).
Birth anniversaries of singers Sammy Davis Jr (1925-90) and Jim Morrison (1943-71).
Also born today: cartoonist Elzie Segar (1894-1938), humorist James Thurber (1894-1961) and cotton gin inventor Eli Whitney (1765-1825).
Happy Birthday! Gregg Allman, Kim Basinger, Ann Coulter, James Galway, Teri Hatcher, Dwight Howard, Nicki Minaj, Dominic Monaghan, Mike Mussina, Sinead O’Connor, Maximilian Schell, Ian Somerhalder
International Anti-Corruption Day (United Nations)
John Milton, English poet, birth anniversary (1608-74):
Sport, that wrinkled Care derides,
And Laughter, holding both his sides.
Come, and trip it, as you go,
On the light fantastic toe.
Birth anniversary of Clarence Birdseye, developer of frozen foods and founder of General Foods (1886-1956).
Birth anniversary of naval officer and computer scientist/COBOL developer Grace Hopper (1906-92).
Birth anniversary of Speaker of the House Thomas "Tip" O'Neill (1912-94).
65 years ago, the United Nations approved the Geneva Convention (1948).
In 1960, the UK drama "Coronation Street" premiered on TV.
Happy Birthday! Joan Armatrading, Beau Bridges, Dick Butkus, Judi Dench, Kara DioGuardi, Kirk Douglas, Felicity Huffman, Tom Kite, Joe Lando, John Malkovich, Dina Merrill, Michael Nouri, Donny Osmond, Dick Van Patten