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On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swi'mmi'ng,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings.
Four colly birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

Pope Leo X excommunicates Martin Luther.
See papal bull Decet Romanum Pontificem (It Pleases the Roman Pontiff).

Future author of Moby Dick, Herman Melville sets sail aboard the whaling ship Acushnet.

Writer Oscar Wilde arrives in New York for a lecture tour.
When asked at Customs if he had anything to declare, he answers, Nothing but my genius.
While in the mining town of Leadville, Colorado, he saw a sign at the local salon that said: Please don't shoot the piano player. He is doing the best he can.
Wilde would later say it was the only rational method of art criticism I have ever come across.

Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche has a nervous breakdown after seeing a horse whipped by a cab driver.


J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings), born in South Africa.

Starlet and Mistress of William Randolph Hearst, Marion Davies born in Brooklyn, New York.
The film Citizen Kane deals with their relationship.
It was rumored that the mysterious word “Rosebud” that Kane utters at his death was in fact Hearst's word for a part of Miss Davies sexual anatomy.

George Martin, producer of The Beatles' records, born in London.

Italian film director Sergio Leone (The Good, The Bad, & the Ugly) born in Rome, Italy.

British aristocrat Unity Mitford shoots herself in the head in the English Garden in Munich when Britain declares war on Nazi Germany.

Pope John XXIII excommunicates Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

1977 Apple Computers is incorporated.

The first block of the blockchain of the decentralized payment system Bitcoin was started by the creator of the system, Satoshi Nakamoto.

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