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Daily Calendar for Saturday, December 18, 2021

Born

  • Edward MacDowell (composer)
  • Ty Cobb (baseball player)
  • Betty Grable (actress)
  • Steven Spielberg (director)
  • Ray Liotta (actor )
  • Brad Pitt (actor)
  • Katie Holmes (actress)
  • Christina Aguilera (singer)
  • Billie Eilish (singer)

Died

  • Chris Farley (actor)
  • Joe Barbera (half of the Hanna-Barbera animation team that made cartoon characters such as Tom and Jerry, Yogi Bear, and the Flintstones)
  • Majel Barrett-Roddenberry (actress and producer)
  • Connie Hines (actress)
  • Zsa Zsa Gabor (actress and socialite)

Events

  • The Great Comet reached perihelion
  • New Jersey became the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution
  • John William Draper took the first photo of the Moon
  • The 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, prohibiting slavery, went into effect
  • National Anti-Saloon League was founded
  • U.S. President Woodrow Wilson married Edith B. Galt, a descendent of Pocahontas
  • Civil rights activist Rosa McCauley married Raymond Parks
  • Giant panda, Basi, celebrated her 25th birthday at China’s Fuzhou Zoo. (She far surpassed the normal panda life expectancy of 12 years!)

Weather

  • Central Park in New York City experienced a record low temperature of 10 degrees below zero F
  • A sudden gale of wind of almost cyclonic force blew through Howe, Indiana, and caused snowballs to form spontaneously and roll along the ground like tumbleweeds
  • Freezing rain in the Memphis, Tennessee, area caused 170 evening auto accidents

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