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Daily Calendar for Sunday, December 12, 2021

Died

  • Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett (introduced the poinsettia plant to the U.S.)
  • Robert Browning (poet)
  • Henrietta Swan Leavitt (astronomer)
  • Dee Brown (author)
  • Keiko the killer whale (star of the Free Willy movies, died at 27 of pneumonia in a Norwegian fjord)
  • Peter Boyle (actor)
  • Tom Laughlin (actor)

Born

  • Edvard Munch (artist)
  • Frank Sinatra (singer)
  • Bob Barker (game show host)
  • Edward Ed" Koch" (former mayor of New York City)
  • Connie Francis (singer)
  • Madeleine Wickham (author, aka Sophie Kinsella)
  • Jennifer Connelly (actress)
  • Katrina Elam (country music singer)

Events

  • Pennsylvania ratified the Constitution and became the second state in the Union
  • Joseph Hayne Rainey became the first African-American to serve as a U.S. representative
  • Golf was played for the first time in the U.S. at Franklin Park, Boston
  • George Grant received patent for improved golf tee
  • Father Edward Flanagan founded a home for boys in Omaha, Nebraska—the start of Boys Town
  • Orange soil discovered by Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene A. Cernan and Harrison H. Schmitt during their second day of exploration on the lunar surface
  • Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones accepted a knighthood from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace
  • Jean Chretien stepped down after 10 years as Canada’s popular and often argumentative prime minister. Paul Martin, a former finance minister, inherited his post, becoming the 21st prime minister.

Weather

  • Snow accumulated to 16 inches in Nantucket, Massachusetts
  • Baltimore received 12 inches of snow in the first of three major storms that winter
  • 20.4 inches of snow covered Newark, New Jersey
  • Albany, New York, registered a low of -12 degrees F
  • After a two-day storm, 17.1 inches of snow covered Minneapolis, Minnesota. The snow event set an all-time record for two-day snowfall in December. The weight of the snow caused a tear in the roof of the Metrodome and deflated it, forcing the Vikings-Giants game to be rescheduled and moved to Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.

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