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Calendar for December 14th, 2012

Halcyon Days begin

The Halcyon Days also occur around this time. According to ancient legend, a grieving wife named Halcyon threw herself into the sea upon discovering the drowned body of her beloved husband, Ceyx. The gods took pity on the pair, transforming them into kingfishers, or halcyons, with the power to still the stormy seas for 14 days near the time of the winter solstice while they hatched their young.


  • Died 1799: George Washington (1st U.S. president)

  • 1800s

  • 1807: First recorded meteorite in the New World fell in Weston, Connecticut

  • 1810s

  • 1819: Alabama is admitted to the Union as the 22nd state

  • 1860s

  • Died 1861: Prince Albert (husband and Prince Consort of Queen Victoria)

  • 1900s

  • Born 1902: Frances Bavier (actress)

  • 1910s

  • 1911: First expedition reached the South Pole, led by Roald Amundsen

  • Born 1911: Spike Jones (comedian & musician)

  • 1920s

  • 1926: Tilt-a-Whirl trademark registered

  • 1930s

  • Born 1932: Charlie Rich (musician)

  • 1940s

  • 1944: National Velvet, a film featuring a young Elizabeth Taylor, premiered in New York

  • 1945: Captain Sue Dauser, Navy Nurse Corps, received the Distinguished Service Medal

  • Born 1946: Patty Duke (actress)

  • 1970s

  • 1973: Scotchguard carpet treatment patented

  • Born 1977: KaDee Strickland (actress)

  • 1980s

  • Died 1985: Roger Maris (baseball player)

  • Born 1988: Vanessa Hudgens (actress)

  • 1990s

  • 1999: Charles Schulz, creator of the comic strip Peanuts, announced he would retire

  • 2000s

  • 2004: The Millau Viaduct, the highest bridge in the world, was formally opened in France

  • 2010s

  • Died 2013: Peter O'Toole (actor)

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