On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Three French hens,
two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.
St. John The Evangelist Day
Feast day for the Author of the Book Of Revelations
French scientist Louis Pasteur born in Dole, France.
Charles Darwin embarks on his journey aboard the HMS Beagle.
The journey will last almost 5 years and Darwin will begin to formulate his theory of evolution.
Actor Sydney Greenstreet born in Sandwich, Kent, England.
A Shakespearian stage actor throughout his life, Greenstreet didn't make his film debut until 1941 at age 62 when he played Kasper Gutman aka The Fat Man in the Maltese Falcon.
Singer and actress Marlene Dietrich born in Berlin.
Poet Charles Olson born in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Olson described himself as an "archaeologist of morning," rather than a poet or writer.
Bob Dylan's album John Wesley Harding released.
Pope John Paul II visits Mehmet Ali Ağca in prison and personally forgives him for the 1981 assassination on him in St. Peter's Square.
Naturalist Dian Fossey was found murdered in Rwanda.
Former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto is assassinated in a shooting incident.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days