Begining of Las Posadas - the nine day novena celebrating Mary and Joesph's search for lodging for the birth of the Christ child.

1770

Composer Ludwig van Beethoven born in Bonn, Germany.

1773
Boston Tea Party takes place in Boston harbor when members of the Sons of Liberty dressed as Mohawk Indians dump large amounts of tea into the harbor.

1863
Spanish poet and philosopher George Santayana born in Avila, Spain.

1866

Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky born in Moscow.

1899
English playwright, composer and actor Sir Noel Coward born in Teddington, Middlesex, England.

1908
Artist Remedios Varo born in Mexico City, Mexico.

1913
Writer and humorist Ambrose Bierce (The Devil's Dictionary) arrived in Mexico to join Pancho Villa's revolutionary army.
He was never heard from again.

1916
Gregory Rasputin, the mystic monk who had wielded powerful influence over the Romanov Russian court, was murdered by a group of noblemen.

1917
SciFi writer Arthur C Clarke (2001: A Space Odyssey) born in Minehead, Somerset, England.

1928
SciFi writer Philip K. Dick (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep) born in Chicago, Illinois.

1937
Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempt to escape from the federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay.
They are never seen again.

1938
Sportswriter Frank Deford born in Baltimore, Maryland.


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