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O Emmanuel
The seventh of the O Antiphons used at Vespers during the last seven days of Advent.

Tibb's Eve
Some consider this to be the start of the Christmas holiday.

Festivus
An alternate to the Christmas holiday made popular by the sitcom Seinfeld.

Night of the Radishes
Afestival in Oaxaca City, Mexico where the carving of giant radishes is the raison d'etre.

1790
French Egyptologist Jean Francois Champollion born.
In 1822 he decoded the hieroglyphics of the Rosetta Stone.

1823

A Visit From St. Nicholas, attributed to Clement Moore, was first published.

1862
Union General Ben “Beast” Butler was proclaimed a “felon, outlaw, and common enemy of mankind” by Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
Butler had issued an order that any Southern woman in New Orleans who insulted a Northern soldier was to be treated as a prostitute.

1888

After an argument with painter Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh uses a razor and removes a portion of his left ear.
Their quarrel regarded the prostitutes of Arles.

1926
Poet Robert Bly born in Madison, Minnesota.

1929
Jazz trumpet player and singer Chet Baker born in Yale, Oklahoma.


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