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On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Four colly birds,
three French hens,
two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

Childermas (Mass of the Holy Innocents)

The feast that commemorates Herod's massacre of the innocents.
When Herod heard that “the King of the Jews” had been born in a manger in Bethlehem, he ordered all the infant boys in the town murdered. Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus took flight to Egypt.
Chambers informs us that in ancient times it was a custom for juvenile members of a family to receive a sound drubbing administered in lecto (on the bed or couch).
Childermas once was considered to be the unluckiest day of the year.


Iowa is becomes 29th U.S. state.

Twenty-Eighth President of the US, Woodrow Wilson born in Staunton, Virginia.

1865Painter and printmaker FĂ©lix Vallotton born in Lausanne, Switzerland.


Film director Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau (Nosferatu) born in Bielefeld, Germany.

Louis and Auguste Lumiere had their first paying audience at the Grand Cafe in Boulevard des Capucines considered the debut of the cinema.
The film was called Workers Leaving the Lumiére Factory.

The play Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond Rostand, premiered in Paris.

Jazz musician Earl “Fatha” Hines born in Pittsburgh.

Comic book writer, publisher, and producer Stan Lee (Marvel Comics) born in New York City.

Writer and thinker Guy Debord (The Society of the Spectacle) born in Paris, France.

Writer Manuel Puig (Kiss of the Spider Woman) born in General Villegas, Argentina.

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