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Thursday 13 December 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Martial Law Victims Remembrance Day (Poland)
  • Nanking Massacre Memorial Day (China)
  • Nusantara Day (Indonesia)
  • Republic Day (Malta)
  • Sailor's Day (Brazil)

Events

  • 1988 – PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat gives a speech at a UN General Assembly meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, after United States authorities refused to grant him a visa to visit UN headquarters in New York.
  • 1974 – Malta becomes a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations.
  • 1972 – Apollo program: Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt begin the third and final extra-vehicular activity (EVA) or "Moonwalk" of Apollo 17. To date they are the last humans to set foot on the Moon.
  • 1962 – NASA launches Relay 1, the first active repeater communications satellite in orbit.
  • 1959 – Archbishop Makarios III becomes the first President of Cyprus.
  • 1949 – The Knesset votes to move the capital of Israel to Jerusalem.
  • 1928 – George Gershwin's An American in Paris is first performed.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: At the Battle of Fredericksburg, Confederate General Robert E. Lee defeats Union Major General Ambrose Burnside.
  • 1769 – Dartmouth College is founded by the Reverend Eleazar Wheelock, with a royal charter from King George III, on land donated by Royal governor John Wentworth.
  • 1636 – The Massachusetts Bay Colony organizes three militia regiments to defend the colony against the Pequot Indians. This organization is recognized today as the founding of the National Guard of the United States.

Births

  • 1989 – Taylor Swift, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress
  • 1988 – Rickie Fowler, American golfer
  • 1985 – Michael Bumpus, American football player
  • 1983 – Matt Deis, American bass player and songwriter
  • 1982 – Ricky Nolasco, American baseball player
  • 1981 – Amy Lee, American singer-songwriter and pianist
  • 1978 – B.J. Penn, American mixed martial artist and wrestler
  • 1976 – Josh Fogg, American baseball player
  • 1975 – Bates Battaglia, American ice hockey player
  • 1975 – Matthew LeCroy, American baseball player and coach
  • 1975 – Tom DeLonge, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1972 – James Murdoch, Australian-American businessman, son of Rupert Murdoch
  • 1970 – Tonja Buford-Bailey, American hurdler and coach
  • 1967 – Bo Pelini, American football player and coach
  • 1967 – Jamie Foxx, American actor
  • 1966 – Mike Tirico, American sportscaster
  • 1962 – Jamie Raskin, American lawyer, academic, and politician
  • 1962 – Rex Ryan, American football player and coach
  • 1962 – Rob Ryan, American football player and coach
  • 1961 – Gary Zimmerman, American football player
  • 1960 – Richard Dent, American football player
  • 1957 – Eric Marienthal, American saxophonist
  • 1957 – Steve Buscemi, American actor and director
  • 1956 – Dale Berra, American baseball player
  • 1956 – Phil Hubbard, American basketball player and coach
  • 1954 – John Anderson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1954 – Steve Forbert, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1953 – Ben Bernanke, American economist and academic
  • 1953 – Berton Averre, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1952 – Junkyard Dog, American football player and wrestler (d. 1998)
  • 1952 – Larry Kenon, American basketball player
  • 1950 – Tom Vilsack, American lawyer and politician, 30th United States Secretary of Agriculture
  • 1950 – Wendie Malick, American actress, model and comedian
  • 1949 – R. A. MacAvoy, American computer programmer and author
  • 1949 – Randy Owen, American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1949 – Tom Verlaine, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1948 – Jeff Baxter, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer
  • 1948 – Lester Bangs, American journalist and author (d. 1982)
  • 1948 – Ted Nugent, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor
  • 1945 – Herman Cain, American businessman and political activist
  • 1942 – Anna Eshoo, American lawyer and politician
  • 1941 – John Davidson, American actor and game show host
  • 1938 – Tom Shaw, American golfer
  • 1936 – J. C. Martin, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1935 – Kenneth Hall, American football player
  • 1935 – Lindy McDaniel, American baseball player
  • 1934 – Antoinette Rodez Schiesler, American chemist (d. 1996)
  • 1934 – Richard D. Zanuck, American film producer (d. 2012)
  • 1933 – Doug Mohns, Canadian-American ice hockey player (d. 2014)
  • 1930 – Robert Prosky, American actor (d. 2008)
  • 1927 – James Wright, American poet and academic (d. 1980)
  • 1926 – Carl Erskine, American major-league baseball player
  • 1925 – Dick Van Dyke, American actor, singer, and dancer
  • 1923 – Larry Doby, American baseball player and manager (d. 2003)
  • 1923 – Philip Warren Anderson, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1920 – George P. Shultz, American economist and politician, 60th United States Secretary of State
  • 1918 – Bill Vukovich, Serbian-American racing driver (d. 1955)
  • 1916 – Archie Moore, American boxer (d. 1998)
  • 1916 – Leonard Weisgard, American author and illustrator (d. 2000)
  • 1911 – Kenneth Patchen, American poet and painter (d. 1972)
  • 1908 – Van Heflin, American actor (d. 1971)
  • 1903 – Ella Baker, American activist (d. 1986)
  • 1902 – Talcott Parsons, American sociologist and academic (d. 1979)
  • 1900 – Jonel Perlea, Romanian-American conductor and educator (d. 1970)
  • 1897 – Albert Aalbers, Dutch architect, designed the Savoy Homann Bidakara Hotel (d. 1961)
  • 1897 – Drew Pearson, American journalist and author (d. 1969)
  • 1887 – Alvin C. York, American colonel, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1964)
  • 1887 – George Pólya, Hungarian-American mathematician and academic (d. 1985)
  • 1885 – Annie Dale Biddle Andrews, American mathematician (d. 1940)
  • 1883 – Belle da Costa Greene, American librarian (d. 1950)
  • 1870 – Edward LeSaint, American actor and director (d. 1940)
  • 1864 – Emil Seidel, American woodcarver and politician, 36th Mayor of Milwaukee (d. 1947)
  • 1818 – Mary Todd Lincoln, 16th First Lady of the United States (d. 1882)
  • 1816 – Werner von Siemens, German engineer and businessman, founded Siemens (d. 1892)
  • 1780 – Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner, German chemist, invented the Döbereiner's lamp (d. 1849)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Alan Thicke, Canadian-American actor and composer (b. 1947)
  • 2016 – Thomas Schelling, American economist and educator (b. 1921)
  • 2015 – Benedict Anderson, Chinese-American political scientist and academic (b. 1936)
  • 2014 – Phil Stern, American photographer (b. 1919)
  • 2014 – William E. May, American theologian and academic (b. 1928)
  • 2013 – Harvey Littleton, American glass artist and educator (b. 1922)
  • 2013 – Vivian Kellogg, American baseball player and manager (b. 1922)
  • 2011 – Russell Hoban, American author and illustrator (b. 1925)
  • 2011 – T. J. Bass, American physician and author (b. 1932)
  • 2010 – Richard Holbrooke, American journalist and diplomat, 22nd United States Ambassador to the United Nations (b. 1941)
  • 2007 – Floyd Red Crow Westerman, American actor and activist (b. 1936)
  • 2006 – Lamar Hunt, American businessman, co-founded the American Football League and World Championship Tennis (b. 1932)
  • 2005 – Stanley Williams, American gang leader, co-founded the Crips (b. 1953)
  • 2004 – Bernarda Bryson Shahn, American painter and illustrator (b. 1903)
  • 2003 – William V. Roth, Jr., American lawyer and politician (b. 1921)
  • 2001 – Chuck Schuldiner, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1967)
  • 1997 – Don E. Fehrenbacher, American historian, author, and academic (b. 1920)
  • 1995 – Ann Nolan Clark, American author and educator (b. 1896)
  • 1992 – Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1899)
  • 1986 – Ella Baker, American activist (b. 1903)
  • 1986 – Heather Angel, British-American actress (b. 1909)
  • 1983 – Alexander Schmemann, Estonian-American priest and theologian (b. 1921)
  • 1979 – Jon Hall, American actor and director (b. 1915)
  • 1975 – Cyril Delevanti, English-American actor (b. 1889)
  • 1969 – Raymond A. Spruance, American admiral and diplomat, United States Ambassador to the Philippines (b. 1886)
  • 1962 – Harry Barris, American singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1905)
  • 1961 – Grandma Moses, American painter (b. 1860)
  • 1954 – John Raymond Hubbell, American director and composer (b. 1879)
  • 1947 – Henry James, American lawyer and author (b. 1879)
  • 1942 – Robert Robinson Taylor, American architect (b. 1868)
  • 1924 – Samuel Gompers, English-born American labor leader, founded the American Federation of Labor (b. 1850)
  • 1922 – Arthur Wesley Dow, American painter and photographer (b. 1857)
  • 1862 – Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb, American general, lawyer, and politician (b. 1823)
  • 1466 – Donatello, Italian painter and sculptor (b. 1386)
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