On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Five golden rings.
Four colly birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Beckett, is killed by knights who came as what they considered a deputation from King Henry II.
Marquise de Pompadour, mistress of French King Louis XV, born in Paris.
Seventeenth President of the US, Andrew Johnson born in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The annexation of the Republic of Texas by the United States is approved by the U.S. Congress.
Painter and printmaker Felix Vallotton born in Lausanne, Switzerl.
Massacre of Wounded Knee - U.S. Seventh cavalry massacred over 400 Lakota men, women, and children.
James Joyce's autobiographical novella Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man published.
Novelist William Gaddis (The Recognitions) born in New York.