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
1917: A chilly -57 degrees F at Fort Smith, Northwest Territories
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Birthday Lore for December 31
You are self-confident, reliable, and determined, rather quiet and reserved but fun-loving. You have a keen and alert mind and much executive ability. You are gentle and affectionate in your home and always strive to add to the happiness of your loved ones.
Who Else Shares This Birthday?
Born 1972: Alyssa Milano (actress)
Born 1942: Mike Nesmith (musician)
Born 1894: Anthony B. Heinsbergen (muralist)
On This Day in History
1686: Fictional Robinson Crusoe left island after 28 years. Daniel Defoe's story is based on an actual person, Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor, who was found on an island where he had been stranded for 52 months. (He was rescued on Feb. 1, 1709)
1954: 7.1 earthquake, Fairview Peak, Nevada
1915: The San Diego city council hired "moisture accelerator" Charles Hatfield to bring rain to the city's nearly empty reservoirs. He did his job so well that by the end of January, 28 inches of rain had fallen, causing major flooding. The council refused to pay him and he fled town with his secret formula.
Signs of the Zodiac
SAGITTARIUS (November 23-December 21)
The Archer. Ruling planet: Jupiter. Element: Fire. Quality: Philosophical.Ability: To see the bigger picture. You are the philosophers of the zodiac. On a personal mission to discover Truth (with a capital “T”), you intuitively understand that there is more to life and living than what is apparent on the surface. You seek to know the inner causes of the outer manifestations, and yours is a spiritual quest.