On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
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.
St Basil the Great Feast Day
King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella captured the city of Granada, the last major Muslim stronghold in Spain, bringing to an end more than 700 years of Islamic influence in Spain.
Georgia becomes the 4th US state.
The discovery of the planet Vulcan is announced at a meeting of the Académie des Sciences in Paris.
E. A. McIlhenny, of Tabasco fame, shoots a US record 19 foot 2 inch alligator in Louisiana.
Writer Stephen Crane survives the sinking of a boat to Cuba and goes on to write his short story The Open Boat about the experience.
Blues musician Rube Lacey born in Pelahatchie, Mississippi.
1964 Republican Presidential nominee and Senator from Arizona Barry Goldwater born in Phoenix, Arizona Territory.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov born in Petrovichi, Russia.
Singer-songwriter Roger Miller (King of the Road) born in Fort Worth, Texas.
Fashion and portrait photographer David Bailey born in London, England.
Artist Robert Smithson (Spiral Jetty) born in Passaic, New Jersey.
Cartoonist Lynda Barry born in Richland Center, Wisconsin.