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Thursday 12 December 2019 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Constitution Day (Russia)
  • Croatian Air Force Day (Croatia)
  • Ground Forces Day (Ukraine)
  • Jamhuri Day, celebrates the independence of Kenya from Britain in 1963.
  • Japan Kanji Day
  • National Ambrosia Day in USA
  • Neutrality Day (Turkmenistan)
  • Poinsettia Day (Euporbia pulcherrima is discovered in 1828 by Joel Roberts Poinsett)
  • Statehood Day (Pennsylvania, 1787)
  • Universal Health Coverage Day

Events

  • 2012 – North Korea successfully launches its first satellite, Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3 Unit 2, using an Unha-3 carrier rocket.
  • 2000 – The United States Supreme Court releases its decision in Bush v. Gore.
  • 1985 – Arrow Air Flight 1285, a McDonnell Douglas DC-8, crashes after takeoff in Gander, Newfoundland, killing all 256 people on board, including 236 members of the United States Army's 101st Airborne Division.
  • 1964 – Prime Minister Jomo Kenyatta becomes the first President of the Republic of Kenya.
  • 1963 – Kenya gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
  • 1950 – Paula Ackerman, the first woman appointed to perform rabbinical functions in the United States, leads the congregation in her first services.
  • 1941 – World War II: The United Kingdom declares war on Bulgaria. Hungary and Romania declare war on the United States. India declares war on Japan.
  • 1939 – Winter War: Battle of Tolvajärvi: Finnish forces defeat those of the Soviet Union in their first major victory of the conflict.
  • 1935 – Lebensborn Project, a Nazi reproduction program, is founded by Heinrich Himmler.
  • 1918 – The Flag of Estonia is raised atop the Pikk Hermann for the first time.
  • 1901 – Guglielmo Marconi receives the first transatlantic radio signal (the letter "S" in Morse Code), at Signal Hill in St John's, Newfoundland.
  • 1897 – Belo Horizonte, the first planned city in Brazil, is founded.
  • 1870 – Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina becomes the second black U.S. congressman, the first being Hiram Revels.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: USS Cairo sinks on the Yazoo River, becoming the first armored ship to be sunk by a controlled mine.
  • 1787 – Pennsylvania becomes the second state to ratify the United States Constitution, five days after Delaware became the first.
  • 1781 – American Revolutionary War: Second Battle of Ushant: A British fleet led by HMS Victory defeats a French fleet.
  • 1408 – The Order of the Dragon, a monarchical chivalric order, is created by Sigismund of Luxembourg, then king of Hungary.
  • 1098 – First Crusade: Siege of Ma'arrat al-Numan: Crusaders breach the town's walls and massacre about 20,000 inhabitants. After finding themselves with insufficient food, they reportedly resort to cannibalism.

Births

  • 1994 – Otto Warmbier, American student imprisoned in North Korea (d. 2017)
  • 1989 – Mike Glennon, American football player
  • 1986 – T. J. Ward, American football player
  • 1985 – Chris Jennings, American football player
  • 1985 – David Veikune, American football player
  • 1985 – Pat Calathes, Greek-American basketball player
  • 1981 – Jeret Peterson, American skier (d. 2011)
  • 1981 – Ronnie Brown, American football player
  • 1979 – Garrett Atkins, American baseball player
  • 1979 – John Salmons, American basketball player
  • 1979 – Nate Clements, American football player
  • 1978 – Gbenga Akinnagbe, American actor and screenwriter
  • 1977 – Orlando Hudson, American baseball player
  • 1975 – Mayim Bialik, American actress
  • 1974 – Bernard Lagat, Kenyan-American runner
  • 1973 – Tony Hsieh, American businessman, founded LinkExchange
  • 1972 – Hank Williams III, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1970 – Jennifer Connelly, American actress
  • 1970 – Regina Hall, American actress
  • 1968 – Rory Kennedy, American director and producer
  • 1967 – John Randle, American football player
  • 1966 – Royce Gracie, Brazilian-American mixed martial artist and actor
  • 1964 – Haywood Jeffires, American football player and coach
  • 1962 – Arturo Barrios, Mexican-American runner
  • 1962 – Mike Golic, American football player and radio host
  • 1962 – Peter Bergen, American-English journalist and author
  • 1962 – Tracy Austin, American tennis player and sportscaster
  • 1958 – Alexander Crutchfield, American businessman, financier and investor
  • 1957 – Sheila E., American singer-songwriter, drummer, and actress
  • 1953 – Bruce Kulick, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1953 – Rafael Septién, Mexican-American football player
  • 1952 – Cathy Rigby, American gymnast
  • 1950 – Gorman Thomas, American baseball player
  • 1947 – Wings Hauser, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1945 – Tony Williams, American drummer, composer, and producer (d. 1997)
  • 1944 – Rob Tyner, American singer-songwriter and bass player (d. 1991)
  • 1943 – Dickey Betts, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1943 – Grover Washington, Jr., American singer-songwriter, saxophonist, and producer (d. 1999)
  • 1942 – Morris Sadek, Egyptian-American lawyer and activist
  • 1940 – Dionne Warwick, American singer
  • 1939 – Terry Kirkman, American singer-songwriter and musician
  • 1938 – Connie Francis, American singer and actress
  • 1937 – Buford Pusser, American police officer (d. 1974)
  • 1932 – Bob Pettit, American basketball player and coach
  • 1930 – Silvio Santos, Brazilian television host and businessman, founded Sistema Brasileiro de Televisão
  • 1928 – Helen Frankenthaler, American painter and academic (d. 2011)
  • 1927 – Robert Noyce, American inventor and businessman, co-founded the Intel Corporation (d. 1990)
  • 1924 – Ed Koch, American lawyer, judge, and politician, 105th Mayor of New York City (d. 2013)
  • 1923 – Bob Barker, American game show host and producer
  • 1923 – Bob Dorough, American musician, composer, and producer
  • 1920 – Fred Kida, American illustrator (d. 2014)
  • 1919 – Dan DeCarlo, American soldier and illustrator (d. 2001)
  • 1918 – Joe Williams, American singer and pianist (d. 1999)
  • 1915 – Frank Sinatra, American singer, actor, and producer (d. 1998)
  • 1912 – Henry Armstrong, American boxer (d. 1988)
  • 1909 – Karen Morley, American actress and political activist (d. 2003)
  • 1904 – Nicolas de Gunzburg, French-American banker and journalist (d. 1981)
  • 1902 – Adele Dunlap, American educator and supercentenarian (d. 2017)
  • 1900 – Sammy Davis, Sr., American actor and dancer (d. 1988)
  • 1893 – Edward G. Robinson, American actor (d. 1973)
  • 1881 – Harry Warner, Polish-American businessman, co-founded Warner Bros (d. 1958)
  • 1876 – Alvin Kraenzlein, American hurdler and runner (d. 1928)
  • 1870 – Walter Benona Sharp, American businessman, co-founded Hughes Tool Company (d. 1912)
  • 1864 – Paul Elmer More, American journalist, author, and critic (d. 1937)
  • 1849 – William Kissam Vanderbilt, American businessman and horse breeder (d. 1920)
  • 1845 – Bruce Price, American architect, designed the American Surety Building and Bank of the Metropolis (d. 1903)
  • 1806 – Stand Watie, American general (d. 1871)
  • 1805 – Henry Wells, American businessman, co-founded Wells Fargo and American Express (d. 1878)
  • 1786 – William L. Marcy, American lawyer, judge, and politician, 21st United States Secretary of State (d. 1857)
  • 1779 – Madeleine Sophie Barat, French nun and saint, founded the Society of the Sacred Heart (d. 1865)
  • 1745 – John Jay, American jurist and politician, 1st Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1829)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Shirley Hazzard, Australian-American novelist, short story writer, and essayist (b. 1931)
  • 2015 – Evelyn S. Lieberman, American politician, White House Deputy Chief of Staff (b. 1944)
  • 2014 – Herb Plews, American baseball player (b. 1928)
  • 2014 – Norman Bridwell, American author and illustrator, created Clifford the Big Red Dog (b. 1928)
  • 2013 – Audrey Totter, American actress (b. 1917)
  • 2013 – Tom Laughlin, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1931)
  • 2012 – Joe Allbritton, American banker, publisher, and philanthropist, founded the Allbritton Communications Company (b. 1924)
  • 2010 – Tom Walkinshaw, Scottish race car driver, founded Tom Walkinshaw Racing (b. 1946)
  • 2008 – Avery Dulles, American cardinal and theologian (b. 1918)
  • 2008 – Van Johnson, American actor (b. 1916)
  • 2007 – Ike Turner, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1931)
  • 2006 – Alan Shugart, American engineer and businessman, co-founded Seagate Technology (b. 1930)
  • 2006 – Kenny Davern, American clarinet player and saxophonist (b. 1935)
  • 2006 – Paul Arizin, American basketball player (b. 1928)
  • 2006 – Peter Boyle, American actor (b. 1935)
  • 2006 – Raymond P. Shafer, American lawyer and politician, 38th Governor of Pennsylvania (b. 1917)
  • 2005 – Robert Newmyer, American actor and producer (b. 1956)
  • 2002 – Dee Brown, American historian and author (b. 1908)
  • 2000 – George Montgomery, American actor, stuntman, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1916)
  • 2000 – Ndabaningi Sithole, Zimbabwean militant leader, founded Zimbabwe African National Union (b. 1920)
  • 1999 – Joseph Heller, American novelist, short story writer, and playwright(b. 1923)
  • 1999 – Paul Cadmus, American painter and illustrator (b. 1904)
  • 1998 – Lawton Chiles, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 41st Governor of Florida (b. 1930)
  • 1998 – Mo Udall, American captain and politician (b. 1922)
  • 1996 – Vance Packard, American journalist, author, and critic (b. 1914)
  • 1994 – Donna J. Stone, American poet and philanthropist (b. 1933)
  • 1994 – Stuart Roosa, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1933)
  • 1985 – Anne Baxter, American actress (b. 1923)
  • 1976 – Jack Cassidy, American actor (b. 1927)
  • 1971 – David Sarnoff, Belarusian-American businessman (b. 1891)
  • 1970 – George Terwilliger, American director and screenwriter (b. 1882)
  • 1968 – Tallulah Bankhead, American actress (b. 1902)
  • 1966 – Karl Ruberl, Austrian-American swimmer (b. 1880)
  • 1964 – William Rootes, 1st Baron Rootes, English businessman, founded Rootes Group (b. 1894)
  • 1951 – Mildred Bailey, American singer (b. 1907)
  • 1939 – Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., American actor, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1883)
  • 1921 – Henrietta Swan Leavitt, American astronomer and academic (b. 1868)
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