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
2010: Temperatures in Miami, Florida, dropped to 35°F, causing iguanas to enter a state of hibernation and fall out of trees.
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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: John Paul Jones (musician)
Born 1898: Gracie Fields (comedienne)
Born 1970: Heather Graham (actress)
On This Day in History
1644: John Winthrop documented the first known unidentified flying object (UFO) sightings in North America
2005: Launch of Deep Impact spacecraft to study comet Tempel 1
1813: Gideon Hawley became first state school superintendent in the United States (for New York state)
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.