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On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
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.

Feast of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

New Years Day
The first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars

1660
Diarist Samuel Pepys begins work on his daily journal, a project he continued until May 31 1669.

1735
American patriot Paul Revere born. He rode from Charlestown to Lexington to warn of the British advance.

1854
Folklorist Sir James Frazer (The Golden Bough) born in Glasgow, Scotland.

1863
Abraham Lincoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves.

1864
Photographer Alfred Stieglitz born in Hoboken, New Jersey.

1879
English author, E(dward) M(organ) Forster (A Passage to India), born in London, England.

1888
Blues musician Frank Stokes born in Shelby county, Tennesse.

French author Marcel Proust dips a piece of toast in his tea and the flavor brings back childhood memories that become the basis for the famous “madeleine” episode in Swann's Way.

1919
Author J. D. Salinger (The Catcher in the Rye) born in New York City.

1933
English author and playwright Joe Orton (Loot) born in Leicester, England.

1935
Cartoonist B. Kliban born in Norwalk, Connecticut.

1952

Country Western singing sensation, Hank Williams dies in the back-seat of his Cadillac car.

1959
Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista abandons his country before the encroaching forces of Fidel Castro during the Cuban Revolution.

1961
The Beatles fail their audition with Decca Records.

1970
Unix time begins at 00:00:00 UTC/GMT.


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