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
1893: -49 degrees F, Calgary, Alberta
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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 1994: Dakota Fanning (actress)
Born 1904: Jimmy Dorsey (bandleader)
Born 1848: Louis Comfort Tiffany (artist)
On This Day in History
2013: Pope Benedict XVI stepped down as leader of the Roman Catholic church, becoming the first pope in about 600 years to retire
1963: Mickey Mantle signed a $100,000 contract with the NY Yankees. His new salary tied him with Joe DiMaggio as the most highly paid Yankee players of their time.
1974: First Double Dutch Jump Rope Tournament was held
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.