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0065 -BC- Horace Rome, lyric poet/satirist (Satire, Odes)
1508 Gemma Frisius [Jemme Reinersz] Frisian geographer/astronomer
1626 Christina queen of Swedenden who abdicated after becoming Catholic
1704 Anton de Haen medical expert (Ratio Medendi)
1708 Francis I Holy Roman emperor (1745-1765)
1715 John Althuysen Frisian vicar/poet (Frisianche rymlery)
1728 Johann G von Zimmermann Swiss author
1730 John Ingen Housz Dutch/English personal physician of Maria Theresia
1731 Frantisek Xaver Dusek composer
1737 Robert Kimmerling composer
1741 Maximilian JLP Gardel French dancer/choreographer (Menuet Reine)
1744 Pierre Joseph Candielle composer
1765 Eli Whitney inventor (Cotton Gin)
1789 John Fawcett composer
1795 Jacques François Gallay composer
1811 Louis Alexander Balthasar Schindelmeisser composer
1822 Luther Prentice Bradley Brigadier-General (Union volunteers), died in 1910
1826 Friedrich Siemens German industrialist
1828 Clinton Bowen Fisk Brevet Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1890
1828 Robert Bullock Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), died in 1905
1832 Björnstjerne Björnson Norway, novelist (Pa Guds Veje, Nobel-1903)
1861 Aristide Maillol France, painter/sculptor (Seated Woman)
1861 William Crapo Durant founded General Motors
1861 Georges Méliès Paris France, magician; 1st to film a fictional story
1862 Georges Feydeau French playwright (La Dame de Chez Maxim's)
1865 Jean Sibelius Tavastehus Finland, composer (Valse Triste, Finlandia)
1865 Jacques Hadamard French mathematician (Taylor series)
1872 J C Powys writer
1877 Paul Emile Ladmirault composer
1879 Paul Klee Swiss/German painter/tutor (Bauhaus)
1881 Padraic Colum Irish poet/novelist/poet (Collected Poems)
1882 Manuel María Ponce Fresnillo México, composer (Estrellita)
1886 Diego Rivera [Lenin of México] México, painter/wife of Frida Kahlo
1887 Vicente Emilio Sojo Guatire Venezuela, composer
1888 Vesey D'Davoren character actor
1888 Fiske Kimball US architect/art historian
1888 Paul Cavanagh Chislehurst England, actor (Tarzan & his Mate)
1889 W Hervey Allen US writer/poet (Anthony Adverse)
1890 Bohuslav Jan Martinu Policka Czechoslovakia, composer (Hry o Marti)
1894 James (Grover) Thurber Columbus OH, humorist (Men, Women & Dogs)
1897 Leslie Heward composer
1899 John Qualen Vancouver British Columbia, actor (Grapes of Wrath, The Searchers)
1899 James "Pigmeat" Jarrett pianist
1899 Sarah Williamson US missionary in Liberia
1903 Adele Simpson New York NY, fashion designer (Neiman-Marcus Award-1946)
1903 Cleo Brown pianist
1903 Irene Eisinger singer
1903 Kathleen (Kitty) Rosalind Muggeridge author
1903 Zoltan Szekely composer
1904 Wilmer L Allison Jr tennis champion (US Open-1935)
1905 Frank Faylen St Louis MO, actor (Herbert Gillis-Dobie Gillis)
1905 Charles Cushing composer
1905 Ernst Hermann Meyer composer
1905 Julius Silverman politician
1906 Richard Llewellyn Wales, novelist (How Green Was My Valley)
1907 Frank Faylen St Louis MO, actor (Dobie Gillis)
1907 Tony Aubin composer
1908 John Volpe (Governor-MA)/US Secretary of Treasury (1969-73)
1911 Lee J Cobb New York NY, actor (Virginian, 12 Angry Men, On the Waterfront)
1912 Jura Soyfer writer
1913 Delmore Schwartz US, poet/short story writer/critic (Shenandoah)
1913 Paul Félix Flemish architect (Sun Song)
1915 Denis Harding soldier
1915 George Scheuer writer/journalist
1916 Dorothy Mae Ballard labor union representative
1917 Rufo I Wever Aruban pianist/composer (Ca'i Organ)
1918 Gérard Souzay Angers France, baritone (Le Nozze di Figaro)
1918 Ian Johnson cricketer (Australian Test captain between Hassett & Craig)
1919 Hans-Dieter Hosalla composer
1919 Moyssey Samuilovich Vaynberg composer
1920 Emmanuel McDonald Bailey Trinidad, 100 meter runner (Olympics-bronze-1952)
1920 Ron Gulliford educationalist
1921 Johnny Otis California, R&B talent scout (Cold Shot, Cuttin' Up)
1921 Terence Morgan London England, actor (Adventures of Sir Francis Drake)
1921 Terence Weil cellist/teacher
1922 John B (Jack) McKay US test pilot (X-15)
1922 Lucian Freud Berlin German, artist (Boy With a Rat)
1922 George Fullerton cricketer (South African keeper-batsman 1947-51)
1922 Jean Ritchie rocker
1925 Sammy Davis Jr New York NY, singer/dancer/actor (Ocean's 11, Candy Man)
1925 James E "Jimmy" Smith US jazz/organist (Walk on the Wild Side)
1927 Vladimir Aleksandrovich Shatalov USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 4, 8, 10)
1929 Goffredo Parise writer
1930 Alain Weber composer
1930 John Morressy US, sci-fi author (Starbrat, Greymantle, Kingsbane)
1930 Maximilian Schell Austria, actor/director (Odessa File, Julia)
1931 Rudolf Komorous composer
1933 Flip Wilson [Clerow] Jersey City NJ, comedian (Flip Wilson Show)
1936 David Carradine Hollywood CA, actor (Kung Fu, Mean Streets)
1936 Peter Parfitt cricketer (fine England batsman of the 1960's)
1936 W S "Buster" Farrer cricketer (South African Test batsman 1962-64)
1937 James MacArthur Los Angeles CA, actor (Danny Williams-Hawaii 5-0)
1937 Jan van Houwelingen Dutch UnderSecretary of Defense (CDA)
1939 James Galway Belfast Ireland, flutist (18k gold flute, Royal Philharmonic)
1939 Jerry Butler Sunflower MS, rock vocalist (Never Give You Up)
1939 Lynn Wilson contractor/multi-millionaire
1940 Graham Knight rocker
1940 Jenny Linden English actress (Hedda, Dr Who & the Daleks)
1941 Albert J Evenhuis Dutch UnderSecretary of Economic (VVD)
1941 Geoff Hurst cricketer (Essex 1962, better known as soccer immortal)
1942 Bobby Elliot rock drummer (Hollies)
1942 Hemant Kanitkar cricketer (batted in two Tests India vs West Indies 1974)
1942 Mario Savio activist
1943 Jim Morrison Melbourne FL, singer (Doors) is he really dead?
1943 Mary Woronov Brooklyn Heights NY, actress (Eating Raoul, Terror Vision)
1943 Michael Unger English editor-in-chief (Evening News, Manchester)
1944 Neil Innes musician (The Rutles)
1946 John Rubinstein Los Angeles CA, actor/composer (Family, Boys from Brazil)
1946 Graham Knight rocker (Marmalade)
1947 Belinda Balaski Inglewood CA, actor (Cannonball, Proud Men, Howling)
1947 Frans Leijnse Dutch politician (PvdA 2nd Chamber)
1947 Geoff Daking rocker
1947 Gregg Allman Nashville TN, guitarist/vocalist (Allman Brothers Band)
1949 Mary Gordon US, author
1949 Ray Shulman rocker
1950 Dan Hartman Harrisburg PA, singer (Sometimes When We Touch)
1950 Rick Baker Binghamton NY, special effects makeup artist (Exorcist)
1952 Richie Morales drummer (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
1952 Sam Kinison screaming comedian/actor (Back to School, Charlie Hoover)
1953 Kim Basinger Athens GA, actress (9½ Weeks, Batman)
1953 Roy Firestone sportscaster (Life's Most Embarrassing Moments)
1955 Ian Greig cricketer (brother of Tony Two Tests for England 1982)
1956 Warren Cuccurullo rock guitarist (Missing Persons)
1957 Phil Collen English rocker (Def Leppard-Hysteria, Rock of Ages)
1958 Billy Hufsey actor (Christopher-Fame, Days of our Life)
1958 Wayne Dickert Chattanooga TN, slalom double canoe (Olympics-11th-96)
1959 Paul Rutherford vocalist (Frankie Goes to Hollywood-Relax)
1959 Mark Dickson Tampa FL, tennis star
1959 Marty Raybon Sanford FL, singer (Shenandoah-Sunday in the South)
1962 Berry van Aerle Dutch soccer star (PSV)
1962 Stephen John Elkington Inverell Australia, PGA golfer (1990 Kmart)
1964 James Martinez Santa Fe NM, rower (Olympics-1996)
1964 Teri Hatcher Sunnyvale CA, actress (Lois Lane-Lois & Clark)
1965 Greg Truitt NFL safety/linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals)
1965 Teresa Weatherspoon WNBA guard (New York Liberty)
1965 Troy Sadowski NFL tight end (Cincinnati Bengals)
1966 Matthew Laborteaux Los Angeles CA, actor (Albert-Little House on Prairie)
1966 Douglas Allan Martin Bluffton OH, PGA golfer (1995 Buick-2nd)
1966 Joe Staysniak NFL guard (Indianapolis Colts)
1966 Siñead O'Connor Dublin Ireland, singer (Nothing Compares 2 U)
1967 Marina Augusta Baker Windsor England, playmate (March 1987)
1967 Jeff George NFL quarterback (Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders)
1967 Ron George linebacker (Minnesota Vikings)
1967 Tony Mayberry NFL center (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
1968 Bill Johnson defensive tackle (St Louis Rams)
1968 Mike Mussina Williamsport PA, pitcher (Baltimore Orioles)
1969 Lisa Marie Munzert New Castle DE, Miss Delaware-America (1991)
1969 Antoon Kuil soccer player (Veendam, SC Heerenveen)
1969 Bobby Phillips WLAF running back (Minnesota Vikings, Frankfurt Galaxy)
1969 Darrin Shannon Barrie, NHL left wing (Winnipeg Jets)
1969 Victor Green NFL cornerback/safety (New York Jets)
1971 Garvin Alston Mount Vernon NY, pitcher (Colorado Rockies)
1971 James Stewart NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings)
1973 Mitch Jacoby tight end (St Louis Rams)
1973 Monty Montgomery defensiveback (Indianapolis Colts)
1974 Paul Staight Victoria Australia, badminton player (Olympics-96)
1978 Kate Robinson Peoria IL, dance skater (& Peter Breen)

Deaths which occurred on December 08:

0644 Omar I 2nd kalief of Islam, murdered
0899 Arnulf of Carinthia last emperor of Austria-France, dies
1292 John Peckham English archbishop of Canterbury, dies at 62
1587 Mary Queen of Scots (1560-1587), executed
1596 Luis de Carabajal 1st Jewish author in America, executed in México
1643 John Pym English House of Commons member, dies at about 59
1652 Adriaan W "Joris" van Geel Flemish missionary, murdered at 35
1681 Gerard Terborch the Younger, Dutch painter/etcher, dies
1709 Thomas Corneille French dramatist, dies at 74
1722 Elisabeth C "Liselotte" van Palts German/French duchess, dies at 70
1751 Jozef LD von Königsegg minister of Austrian Netherlands, dies at 78
1785 Antonio Maria Mazzoni composer, dies at 68
1830 H Benjamin Constant French politician/writer, dies at 63
1831 James Hoban architect who designed the White House, dies
1894 Willem JF Nuyens Dutch physician/Roman Catholic historian, dies at 71
1896 Earnest Angel German statistician (Law of Angel), dies at 75
1900 Henry Russell composer, dies at 87
1903 Herbert Spencer British engineer/philosopher, dies at 83
1907 Oscar II Frederick King of Sweden (-1907)/Norway (-1905), dies
1923 Dom Joseph Pothier French Benedictine/musicologist, dies at 88
1924 Franz X Scharwenka German pianist/composer (Mataswintha), dies at 74
1926 Jan Six Dutch art historian/collector, dies
1934 Bernhard Seklas composer, dies at 62
1939 Ernest Schelling composer, dies at 63
1954 Gladys George actress (Roaring Twenties), dies at 50
1955 Jacques Handschin Swiss musicologist, dies at 69
1956 Edgar Leslie Bainton composer, dies at 76
1957 Reginald Sheffield actor (Second Chance), dies at 55
1961 William Beatton Moonie composer, dies at 78
1967 Robert H Lawrence USAF/astronaut, dies at 32
1969 Vincenzo Davico composer, dies at 80
1970 Christopher K Ingold English chemist, dies at 77
1972 George Collins (Representative-IL), dies at 47, in airplane crash
1974 Hugues Panassié French jazz saxophonist/author, dies at 62
1978 Golda Meir Israel's PM (1969-74), dies in Jerusalem at 80
1980 John Lennon assassinated at 40 in New York by Mark David Chapman
1981 Walter "Shakey" Horton harmonica stylist (Everybody's Fishin'), dies at 64
1982 André Kamperveen Suriname minister, murdered
1982 Bertus de Harder Dutch soccer star (Bordeaux), dies
1982 Bram Behr Suriname revolutionary, murdered
1982 Cyrill Daal Suriname worker's union leader, murdered
1982 Frank Wijngaarde Suriname journalist, murdered
1982 Gerald Leckie Suriname scholar, murdered
1982 Harald Riedewald Suriname attorney, murdered
1982 John Baboeram Suriname lawyer, murdered
1982 Jozef Slagveer Suriname journalist, murdered
1982 Kenneth Goncalves Deacon of Surinamese order of advocate, murdered
1982 Leslie Rahman Suriname journalist, murdered
1982 Marty Robbins country singer, dies at 57
1982 Surendre Rambocus Suriname army lieutenant, murdered
1983 Slim Pickins western actor (Blazing Saddles), dies after brain surgery at 64
1984 Luther Adler actor (Dr Bernard Altman-The Psychiatrist), dies at 81
1988 Anne Seymour actress (Misty, Chevy Mystery Show), dies at 79
1988 Herbert "Tubo" Rhoad US singer (Persuasions-Good news), dies at 44
1989 Hans Hartung German/French painter, dies
1990 Martin Ritt US, director/actor (Norma Rae), dies at 70
1990 Pony Sherrell Metcalf New York, singer, dies of heart attack
1991 Buck Clayton US jazz trumpeter/orchestra leader, dies
1991 Kimberly Bergalis got AIDS from health care worker, dies at 23
1992 William Shawn US editor-in-chief (New Yorker, 1952-87), dies at 85
1993 André Cerf French actor/producer (Nana), dies at 93
1993 Carlotta Monti lover of WC Fields, dies at 86
1994 Antonio Carlos Jobim Brazil composer (Girl From Ipanema), dies at 67
1994 Israel Aaron Maisels lawyer, dies at 89
1994 Jesús "Enrique" Líster Spanish/Russian general (Civil War), dies at 87
1995 Carl Marsden bodyguard, dies at 36
1995 Ernest LeRoy Boyer educator, dies at 67
1995 John Gillett film researcher, dies at 70
1995 Mikki Doyle journalist, dies at 79
1996 Howard E Rollins Jr actor (Ed Harding-Another World), dies at 46
1996 Marin Sorescu poet/dramatist, dies at 60
1997 Bob Bell clown (WGN's 1st Bozo), dies at 75
1997 Leon Poliakov historian, dies at 87


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1326 Daitokuji temple, Rinzai line, established in Kyoto by Daito Kokushi
1710 Battle at Brihuega: English General Stanhope captured
1776 George Washington's retreating army crosses Delaware River from New Jersey
1777 Captain Cook leaves Society Islands
1792 1st cremation in US, Henry Laurens
1794 1st issue of the Herald of Rutland VT published
1813 Ludwig von Beethoven's 7th Symphony in A, premieres
1846 Hector Berlioz's "La Damnation de Faust" premieres
1849 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Luisa Miller" premieres in Naples
1852 Gustav Freytag's "Die Journalisten" premieres in Breslau
1854 Pope Pius IX proclaims Immaculate Conception, makes Mary, free of Original Sin
1857 1st production of Dion Boucicaults "Poor of New York"
1863 Abraham Lincoln announces plan for Reconstruction of South
1863 Jesuit Church of La Compana in Santiago Chile catches fire, 2,500 die in panic
1864 Pope Pius IX publishes encyclical Quanta cura ("Syllabus errorum")
1869 20th Roman Catholic ecumenical council, Vatican I, opens in Rome
1874 Jesse James gang takes train at Muncie KS
1875 Aleksandr Ostrovsky's "Volki i Ovsty" premieres in St Petersburg
1876 Suriname begins compulsory education for 7-12 years
1880 5,000 armed Boers gather in Paardekraal South-Africa
1881 Vienna's Ring Theater destroyed by fire, kills between 640-850
1886 American Federation of Labor (AFL) formed by 26 craft unions; Samuel Gompers elected AFL president
1895 Battle at Amba Alagi: Ethiopian emperor Menelik II drives Italian General Baratieri's out
1896 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Missing 3 Quarter" (BG)
1899 Natal: British fall/burst out belegerd Ladysmith
1902 Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr became Associate Justice on Supreme Court
1909 Bird banding society found
1913 Construction starts on Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco
1914 British & German fleets battle at Falkland Island
1914 Connie Mack sells Eddie Collins to the White Sox
1914 Irving Berlin's musical "Watch your Step" premieres in New York NY
1915 Jean Sibelius' 5th Symphony in E, premieres
1921 Eamon de Valera publicly repudiates Anglo-Irish Treaty
1923 German-US friendship treaty signed
1923 Labour/Liberals win British parliament
1923 Salary & price freeze in Germany
1930 Broadway Theater opens at 1681 Broadway New York NY
1930 Cole Porter's musical "NYCers" premieres in New York NY
1931 Coaxial cable patented
1934 Friedrich Wolf's "Professor Mamlock" premieres in Zürich
1936 NAACP files suit to equalize the salaries of black & white teachers
1936 Anastasio Somoza elected President of Nicaragua
1938 Highest temperature for December in US recorded in La Mesa CA
1938 LP Beria follows Nikolai Jezjov as head of Russian secret police
1940 1st NFL championship on national radio; Bears beat Redskins 73-0
1941 San Francisco 1st blackout, at 6 15 PM
1941 Destruction Camp Chelmo opens
1941 London: Dutch government declares Japan the war
1941 Russian 16th army recaptures Krijukovo
1941 US & Britain declare war on Japan, US enters WWII
1942 8th Heisman Trophy Award: Frank Sinkwich, Georgia (HB)
1943 John Van Druten's "Voice of the Turtle" premieres in New York NY
1946 Army rocket plane XS-1 makes 1st powered flight
1947 "Caribbean Carnival" opens at International Theater NYC for 11 performances
1948 "Marinka" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 168 performances
1948 14th Heisman Trophy Award: Doak Walker, SMU (HB)
1948 Jordan annexs Arabic Palestine
1949 Chinese Nationalist government moves from Chinese mainland to Formosa
1949 Jule Styne's "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" premieres at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 740 performances
1951 "Tree Grows in Brooklyn" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 267 performances
1951 American League alters its restrictions on night games, adopting National League's suspended game rule & lifting its ban on lights for Sunday games
1952 1st TV acknowledgement of pregnancy (I Love Lucy)
1952 French troops shoot on demonstrators at Casablanca, 50 die
1952 Isaak Ben-Zwi elected President of Israel
1953 19th Heisman Trophy Award: John Lattner, Notre Dame (HB)
1954 Maxwell Anderson's "Bad Seed" premieres in New York NY
1954 WPTZ TV channel 5 in Plattsburgh NY (NBC) begins broadcasting
1955 21st Heisman Trophy Award: Howard Cassady, Ohio State (HB)
1955 Brooklyn catcher Roy Campanella wins his 3rd MVP Award
1955 Turkish government of Menderes forms
1956 1st test firing of the Vanguard satellite program, TV-0
1956 Guy Mitchell's "Singing the Blues" single goes #1 for 10 weeks
1956 16th Olympic games close in Melbourne, Australia
1959 Dom Mintoff demands independence for Malta
1959 President Eisenhower watches Pakistan vs Australia Test Cricket at Karachi
1960 Expansion Los Angeles Angels sign a 4 year lease to use Dodger Stadium
1961 Larry Costello scores 32 consecutive points without a miss (NBA record)
1961 Antwerp Belgium diocese forms
1961 South Africa vs New Zealand, Durban debuts for Eddie Barlow & Peter Pollock
1961 Wilt Chamberlain scores the 2nd highest total in the NBA - 78
1962 114-day newspaper strike begins in New York NY
1962 "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" closes at Shubert NYC after 300 performances
1962 Failed coup in Brunei
1962 Funeral for Queen Wilhelmina of Holland (New Kerk, Delft)
1963 "Girl Who Came to Supper" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 112 performances
1963 3 fuel tanks explodes when jetliner is struck by lightning crashing near Elkton MD-Only case of lightning caused crash, 81 die
1963 Mickey Wright/Dave Ragan Jr win LPGA Haig & Haig Scotch Mixed Golf
1965 Abe Burrows' "Cactus Flower" premieres in New York NY
1965 Nikolai Podgorny succeeds Mikojan as President of USSR
1965 Pope Paul VI signs 2nd Vatican council
1966 A terrible Yankee trade, Roger Maris for Card's Charlie Smith
1966 US & USSR sign treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons in outer space
1967 Beatles "Magical Mystery Tour" album is released in UK
1967 NHL California Seals change name to Oakland Seals
1969 Greek DC-6B crashes in storm at Athens, 93 killed
1969 Police surprise attack on Black-Panthers in Los Angeles
1972 United Airlines airplane crashes at Chicago's Midway Airport killing 45
1973 "Seesaw" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 296 performances
1973 39th Heisman Trophy Award: John Cappelletti, Penn State (RB)
1974 Soyuz 16 returns to Earth
1974 Greek monarchy rejected by referendum
1974 Irish Republican Socialist Party forms
1974 Sandra Post wins LPGA Colgate Far East Golf Open
1975 "Raisin" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 847 performances
1976 UN General Assembly re-elects Kurt Waldheim Secretary-General
1976 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1977 43rd Heisman Trophy Award: Earl Campbell, Texas (RB)
1977 Portugal's premier Soares resigns
1978 Commencement of the 1st day/night WSC cricket supertest at VFL Park
1980 "Bravo" network premieres on cable TV
1981 France performs nuclear test
1982 Clark Gilles fails in 7th Islander penalty shot
1982 Demanding an end to nuclear weapons, Norman Mayer, holds the Washington Monument hostage - After 10 hours, police kill him; he has no explosives
1982 "Herman Van Veen: All of Him" opens at Ambassador NYC for 6 performances
1982 Suriname army leader Bouterse murders 15 opponents
1983 9th Space Shuttle Mission-Columbia 6-lands at Edwards AFB
1983 Richard Baker, Zen teacher, steps down from abbotship of San Francisco Zen Center
1984 Ringo Starr appears on Saturday Night Live
1984 73rd Australian Men Tennis: Mats Wilander beats K Curren (67 64 76 62)
1984 Europe & 64 developing countries sign Lomé III treaty
1985 Ken O'Brien's 96 yard TD pass (New York Jet record) to Wesley Walker
1985 60th Australian Women's Tennis: M Navratilova beats C Evert (62 46 62)
1985 Laurie Rinker/Larry Rinker win LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1986 House Democrats select majority leader Jim Wright as 48th speaker
1987 Flyers' Ron Hextall becomes 1st goalie to actually score a goal
1987 Jack Sikma (Milwaukee) begins NBA free throw streak of 51 games
1987 Occupied Palestinians start "intefadeh" (uprising) against Israel
1987 President Reagan & Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev sign a treaty eliminating medium range nuclear missiles
1988 Knick's set NBA record of 11 3-pointers & sink Bucks, 113-109
1989 Great Britain performs nuclear test
1990 Galileo Earth-1 Flyby
1990 Indians agree to a lease new ballpark in Gateway (Jacobs Field)
1991 Russia, Byelorussia & Ukraine form Commonwealth of Independent States
1991 "Homecoming" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 49 performances
1991 "Nick & Nora" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 9 performances
1991 Kris Tschetter/Billy Andrade win LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1992 Galileo's nearest approach to Jupiter (303 km)
1992 NBC announces that "Cheers" will go off the air in May 1993
1993 30 killed at religious rebellion in Algeria
1993 4th Billboard Music Awards
1993 Dow-Jones hits record 3734.53
1993 Storm hits West Europe, 11 killed in England
1994 "What's Wrong With this Picture?" opens at Circle in Square NYC for 12 performances
1994 Darryl Strawberry indicted on tax evasion charges
1994 Fire in cinema in Karamay China, 310 killed
1996 "God Said, Ha!" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 22 performances
1996 Donna Andrews & Mike Hulbert win LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1997 8th Billboard Music Awards: LeAnn Rimes & Spice Girls win


Note: Some Holidays are only applicable on a given "day of the week"

Guam : Lady of Camarin Day
Japan : Enlightenment of the Buddha
Spain, Panamá, Canal Zone : Mother's Day
Spain : School Reunion Day
Uruguay : Beaches Day/Family Day

Religious Observances

Buddhist-Japan : Enlightenment of the Buddha
Roman Catholic : Solemnity of the Conception of the Virgin (Immaculate Conception)

Religious History

1775 Anglican clergyman and hymnwriter John Newton wrote in a letter: 'This is faith: a renouncing of everything we are apt to call our own and relying wholly upon the blood, righteousness and intercession of Jesus.'
1854 Pope Pius IX defined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception in his apostolic letter, "Ineffabilis Deus." It asserted that by a singular privilege and grace granted by God, Mary was freed from original sin "in the first instant of conception."
1907 Christmas seals were sold for the first time, to raise funds to fight tuberculosis. Today, Christmas seal income is used primarily in the fight against birth defects.
1962 The Rev. John Melville Burgess was consecrated as suffragan Bishop of Massachusetts -- the first African American bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church to serve a predominantly white diocese.
1981 In one of its major rulings regarding the issue of the separation of Church and State, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of student organizations holding religious services at public colleges and universities.

Source: William D. Blake. ALMANAC OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1987.
Additional information supplied by the author. Contact via E-mail: William D. Blake. (

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