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
1904: A severe snowstorm began in New England. The Blue Hill observatory in Milton, Massachusetts, had 19 inches of snow in 24 hours.
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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 1946: Gene Siskel (movie critic)
Born 1965: Diane Lane (actress)
Born 1965: Joely Richardson (actress)
On This Day in History
1951: Seoul captured by Chinese Communists and North Koreans (Korean War)
2001: George W. Bush was sworn in as the 43rd U.S. president
1984: Doctors at the University of Miami and the Centers for Disease Control published information on one of the first cases of heterosexual transmission of AIDS in the U.S.
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.