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
1958: Thirty-nine inches of snow fell on Callicoon, New York
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Birthday Lore for December 31
You have strong and definite emotions. You make a staunch and loyal friend but a bitter enemy. You speak brusquely sometimes without intention. You should learn to guard against jealousy. Take care that your desire for revenge does not spoil your happiness. You love your home and family life.
Who Else Shares This Birthday?
Born 1732: George Washington (1st U.S. president)
Born 1976: Michael Weiss (champion figure skater)
Born 1977: Bronson Arroyo (baseball player)
On This Day in History
1792: George Washington signed the Postal Act, creating the Federal Postal System with a per-mile rate structure
1945: The most memorable WW II photo was taken by Joe Rosenthal of members of the 5th Division of the U.S. Marines planting an American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, Japan
1993: A powerful bomb exploded in an underground parking lot of the World Trade Center in NYC, killing 6 people
Signs of the Zodiac
AQUARIUS (January 20-February 19)
The Water Bearer. Ruling planet: Uranus. Element: Air. Quality: Inventiveness. Ability: To see the future. You are the enthusiastic inventors of the world. Able to see the world as it should be or could be rather than as it is, you have the capacity to set things in motion. Of course, there are a few of you out there who are more conservative, and if this is you, go back and read the Capricorn section. Detached and impersonally friendly to all, you have many acquaintances. You are a dedicated humanitarian and very tolerant—of everything but intolerance. You function well in groups and organizations as long as you can maintain your independence. Freedom is extremely important to you, and you need to be able to do your work your own way.