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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.

1643
Mathematician Sir Isaac Newton born in Woolsthorpe, England.

1785
German folklorist Jakob Grimm, one half of the Brothers Grimm, born in Hanau, Germany.

1809
French inventor of the alphabet for the blind, Louis Braille born in Coupvray, near Paris.

1877
Painter and poet Marsden Hartley born in Lewiston, Maine.

1896

Utah becomes the the 45th U.S. state.

1900
Caribbean ornithologist James Bond born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
His name was used by Ian Flemingfor the the fictional spy of the same name.

1903
Topsy the elephant is electrocuted by Thomas Edison in a demonstration of the danger of AC technology.

1905
Character actor Sterling Holloway (Winnie the Pooh) born in Cedartown, Georgia.

1942
Jazz guitarist Mahavishnu John McLaughlin born in Doncaster, Yorkshire England.

1942
Blues singer-songwriter and guitarist Precious Bryant born in Talbot County, Georgia.

1960

French existentialist novelist Albert Camus killed in an auto accident near Sens, France.

1965
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.


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