Many readers ask The Old Farmer's Almanac what happened on their birthday--or the birthday of a loved one.. To help out, we've put together an everything-birthdays page! Find fun birthday facts, birthday history, folklore, and more!
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Weather History for December 31
1913: Temperature rose 64 degrees in 14 hours at Radio City, South Dakota
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Birthday Lore for December 31
You are ambitious, studious, and original, and have fine executive ability. You have self-respect and great personal charm. You are generous and affectionate and would make any sacrifice for your loved ones.
Who Else Shares This Birthday?
Born 1959: Linda Blair (actress)
Born 1964: Nicolas Cage (actor)
Born 1924: Earl Scruggs (musician)
On This Day in History
1963: An African American student, Harvey Gantt, entered Clemson College in South Carolina, thus breaking the barrier in the last state to hold out against integration. Harvey later became the first African-American mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina.
1815: Andrew Jackson defeated the British at the Battle of New Orleans (War of 1812)
1784: D. Landreth Seed Co. in Philadelphia established
Signs of the Zodiac
CAPRICORN (December 22-January 19)
The Mountain Goat. Ruling planet: Saturn. Element: Earth. Quality: Discipline. Ability: Working for goals.You are the hardest-working members of the zodiac. Able to organize your thoughts and create specific plans, you set goals and work toward them. You seek to prove to the world that you are capable and efficient, and you don’t rest until you have either a title after your name or a business of your own.Born old, you begin life with a serious start. Responsibility is often emphasized in your youth, and you are encouraged to make something of yourself. Once accomplishment becomes yours, however, look out! All of a sudden, the fun side of you becomes apparent, and your dry wit finds increasing opportunities for expression.