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Daily Calendar for Tuesday, December 21, 2021

The winter solstice is one of the two times each year that the Sun is at its farthest point from the equator and appears to stand still. The word solstice is derived from the Latin sol, or β€œSun,” and stitium, or β€œstoppage.”

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.”

Learn more about the winter solstice and the first day of winter!

Died

  • Giovanni Boccaccio (poet) –
  • Marc Connelly (playwright) –

Born

  • Jane Fonda (actress) –
  • Samuel L. Jackson (actor) –
  • Ray Romano (comedian & actor) –
  • Kiefer Sutherland (actor) –

Events

  • On December 16, 1620, the British ship Mayflower arrives at modern-day Plymouth, Massachusetts, and the Pilgrims begin building their settlement, Plymouth Colony.–
  • Mackenzie Bowell became Canada’s 5th Prime Minister–
  • The first crossword puzzle was printed in a NY newspaper–
  • Pianist Vladimir Horowitz wed Wanda Toscanini–
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered at the Carthay Circle Theater in Hollywood, California. It was the first animated feature-length film with sound and color–

Weather

  • A four-day snowstorm began in Portland, Oregon–
  • A storm in Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana brought 26 inches of snow to Hillsboro, Texas–

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