O Oriens
The fifth of the O Antiphons used at Vespers during the last seven days of Advent.

1375
Medieval Italian writer Giovanni Boccaccio (The Decameron) born in Tuscany.

1620
The Mayflower Pilgrims land on what is now known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

1911
Baseball great Josh Gibson (Homestead Grays) born in Buena Vista, Georgia.

1937
Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs permiers in Hollywood.

1940

Musician Frank Zappa born in Baltimore, Maryland.

1941
An alliance treaty is signed between Thailand and Japan in the presence of the Emerald Buddha in Wat Phra Kaew, Thailand.

1945
General George Patton dies from injuries in an automobile accident.
The sedan he was driving on the Frankfurt-Mannheim road hit a military truck.

1968

Apollo 8 is launched from the Kennedy Space Center becoming the first visit to another celestial body by earthlings.

1970

Elvis Presley meets President Nixon at the White House.
The King gave Nixon a chrome-plated Colt .45 and Nixon gave Elvis a Narcotics Bureau badge.


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