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
1960: A Lake Superior storm caused waves 20 to 40 feet high
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Birthday Lore for December 31
You are a great reader and an interesting conversationalist and always appear at ease. You are adaptable to environment and circumstance, quick-witted, and capable and trustworthy to the minutest detail. You are both loving and lovable, very fond of your home life, and enjoy entertaining.
Who Else Shares This Birthday?
Born 1938: Barry Newman (actor)
Born 1890: Charles de Gaulle (French general, writer, & statesman)
Born 1811: Wendell Phillips (abolitionist crusader)
On This Day in History
1789: North Carolina became the 21st state
1755: Great earthquake at Lisbon, Portugal, accompanied by fire and flood, killed between sixty and ninety thousand people and destroyed the city
1934: Ginger Rogers married Lew Ayres
Signs of the Zodiac
SCORPIO (October 23-November 22)
The Scorpion or the Eagle. Ruling planet: Pluto. Element: Water. Quality: Willpower. Ability: To focus on goals.You are the strongest members of the zodiac. Because of this, there is no middle road for you: Choose the high road or the low road, but choose you must. Unlike the other astrological signs of strength, you don’t waste it showing it off. You wait until you truly want something and then focus your will on your goals, drawing them in like a fisherman reels in his net. You have the capacity to get what you want.