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
1843: 1 foot of snow fell in Haverhill, New Hampshire
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Birthday Lore for December 31
You can adapt yourself to circumstances and environment, but enjoy luxury and ease. You are sociable, magnetic, and a loyal friend, and possess a happy disposition. You are idealistic and sensitive, like music and art, and derive much pleasure from both. Do not marry in haste.
Who Else Shares This Birthday?
Born 1938: Evel Knievel (stunt motorcyclist)
Born 1976: Alicia Silverstone (actress)
Born 1644: William Penn (Quaker; founder of Pennsylvania, named in honor of his father)
On This Day in History
1945: The first ballpoint pens went on sale at Gimbel's Department store in N.Y.C. at $12.50 a piece
1858: Macy's Department store opened in N.Y.C.
1947: During the first televised presidential address, President Truman asked Americans to not eating meat on Tuesdays or poultry on Thursdays in order to help stockpile grain for starving people outside of the U.S.
Signs of the Zodiac
LIBRA (September 23-October 22)
The Scales. Ruling planet: Venus. Element: Air. Quality: Relating. Ability: Diplomacy.You are the tactful diplomats of the zodiac. Ever concerned with the impact of your words and actions, you strive for harmony in all things. You weigh and balance with careful deliberation and thoroughly think through all your plans and activities. Good at seeing all sides of a situation, you are often drawn to fields dealing with the law or courts. Justice is your companion.While balance is your watchword, you do not maintain center at all times, rather, continuously swing and sway back and forth, always striving for the central point. If you work too many hours one week, you will sleep in a lot during the next. You intuitively sense where to fulfill your needs.