On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Twelve drummers drumming,
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.
Twelfth Day Eve, or Epiphany Eve
Feast day of St Edward the Confessor marking his death in 1066.
French King Louis XV survives an assassination attempt by Robert-François Damiens.
Damiens will be the the last person to be executed in France by drawing and quartering, which was then the punishment used for regicides.
Song writer and vaudevillian Jack Norworth born in Philadelphia.
He wrote the lyrics for "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" even though he had never been to a game.
Surrealist painter Yves Tanguy born in Paris.
Actor George Reeves known best for his TV portrayal of Superman, born in Woolstock, Iowa.
Legendary music producer of Sun records Sam Phillips born in Florence, Alabama.
Poet W. D. Snodgrass born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.
Mao Tse-tung writes A Single Spark Can Start a Prairie Fire.
Actor Robert Duvall (Apocalypse Now) born in San Diego, California.
Writer Umberto Eco (The Name of the Rose) born in Alessandria, Italy.
Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins in San Francisco Bay.
Japanese pilots receive the first orders to become Kamikaze which translates into Divine Wind
- after a legendary typhoon that spoiled the Mogol emperor Kubla Khan's invasion of Japan in 1281.
Comedy writer Michael O'Donoghue (National Lampoon) born in Sauquoit, New York.
Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke) born in Tokyo, Japan.
Actress Diane Keaton (Annie Hall) born Los Angeles.
The play Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett is performed for the first time at the Théâtre de Babylone, Paris.
Elvis Presley records Heartbreak Hotel.
Singer-songwriter Iris DeMent born in Paragould, Arkansas.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
Nivôse 16 Silex