On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings.
Four colly birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.
Mathematician Sir Isaac Newton born in Woolsthorpe, England.
German folklorist Jakob Grimm, one half of the Brothers Grimm, born in Hanau, Germany.
French inventor of the alphabet for the blind, Louis Braille born in Coupvray, near Paris.
Painter and poet Marsden Hartley born in Lewiston, Maine.
Utah becomes the the 45th U.S. state.
Caribbean ornithologist James Bond born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
His name was used by Ian Fleming for the the fictional spy of the same name.
Topsy the elephant is electrocuted by Thomas Edison in a demonstration of the danger of AC technology.
Character actor Sterling Holloway (Winnie the Pooh) born in Cedartown, Georgia.
Jazz guitarist Mahavishnu John McLaughlin born in Doncaster, Yorkshire England.
Blues singer-songwriter and guitarist Precious Bryant born in Talbot County, Georgia.
French existentialist novelist Albert Camus killed in an auto accident near Sens, France.
Poet T. S. Eliot passes away at age 76 at his home in Kensington in London.
"the communication / of the dead is tongued with fire beyond / the language of the living."
Quote from the Poets poem "Little Gidding".
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
Nivôse 15 Lapin