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Calendar for December 6th, 2013

St. Nicholas Day

Many countries in Europe celebrate the Feast of Sinterklaas, or St. Nicholas, on the eve of December 6. After dinner, families hunt for their presents, following clues in funny, anonymous poems. They also eat candies and cookies, especially spicy crispy ginger-cookie figures formed in a traditional wooden mold. The legend of St. Nicholas is, like the lives of many saints, shrouded in mystery. We know that he was the bishop of Myra in Lycia, part of Asia Minor, during the fourth century. He is credited with saving three sisters from lives of ill repute by throwing bags of gold into their house (some say down the chimney, others say through the window) to provide for their dowries. In many places in the United States and abroad, children still hang their stockings by the chimney or place their shoes by the window for St. Nicholas to fill them with presents and sweets on the eve of his feast day. He is considered the patron saint of children.

Every Year

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  • 1870s

  • 1873: First international football game

  • 1880s

  • Died 1889: Jefferson Davis (served as the first and only President of the Confederate States of America in the American Civil War)

  • 1890s

  • Born 1896: Ira Gershwin (lyricist)

  • 1900s

  • Born 1906: Agnes Moorehead (actress)

  • 1907: Monongah, West Virginia, coal mine disaster killed 362 men. One of the worst in U.S. history

  • 1910s

  • 1917: Ship explosion devastated Halifax, Nova Scotia

  • 1920s

  • 1921: The Anglo-Irish Treaty is signed, giving Ireland dominion status and establishing Irish Free State

  • 1940s

  • 1947: President Truman dedicated Everglades National Park in Florida.

  • 1950s

  • Born 1955: Steven Wright (comedian & actor)

  • Born 1958: Nick Park (filmmaker & animator)

  • 1960s

  • Born 1962: Janine Turner (actress)

  • 1964: The Burl Ives narrated holiday classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer made its television debut

  • 1980s

  • Died 1988: Roy Orbison (musician)

  • 1989: Gunman kills 14 women at University of Montreal

  • 1990s

  • Died 1993: Don Ameche (actor)

  • 2000s

  • Died 2002: Phillip Berrigan (priest who fought Vietnam War and nuclear weapons)


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