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Daily Trivia Facts - December 27

Births

1390 - Anne de Mortimer, claimant to the English throne (d. 1411)
1571 - Johannes Kepler, German astronomer (d. 1630)
1654 - Jacob Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (d. 1705)
1683 - Conyers Middleton, English minister (d. 1750)
1715 - Philippe de Noailles, duc de Mouchy, French soldier (d. 1794)
1717 - Pope Pius VI (d. 1799)
1721 - François Hemsterhuis, Dutch philosopher (d. 1790)
1773 - George Cayley, English scientist, inventor, and politician (d. 1857)
1776 - Nikolay Kamensky, Russian general (d. 1811)
1822 - Louis Pasteur, French scientist (d. 1895)
1823 - Sir Mackenzie Bowell, fifth Prime Minister of Canada (d. 1896)
1832 - Pavel Tretyakov, Russian businessman and patron of art (d. 1897)
1879 - Sydney Greenstreet, English actor (d. 1954)
1888 - Thea von Harbou, German author and actress (d. 1954)
1896 - Carl Zuckmayer, German author and dramatist (d. 1977)
1896 - Louis Bromfield, American writer (d. 1956)
1900 - Hans Stuck, German race car driver (d. 1978)
1901 - Marlene Dietrich, German actress and singer (d. 1992)
1906 - Oscar Levant, American pianist, composer, and actor (d. 1972)
1907 - Sebastian Haffner, German journalist and writer (d. 1999)
1910 - Charles Olson, American poet (d. 1970)
1915 - William Masters, American gynecologist (d. 2001)
1915 - Mary Kornman, American actress (d. 1973)
1915 - Gyula Zsengellér, Hungarian footballer
1917 - Onni Palaste, Finnish writer
1920 - Bruce Hobbs, American jockey (d. 2005)
1925 - Michel Piccoli, French actor
1927 - Agnes Nixon, American television producer, director, and writer
1934 - Larissa Latynina, Russian gymnast
1939 - John Amos, American actor
1941 - Michael Pinder, British musician (Moody Blues)
1943 - Cokie Roberts, American journalist
1943 - Peter Sinfield, British lyricist and producer
1943 - Joan Manuel Serrat, Spanish musician
1943 - Pete Quaife, British musician (Kinks)
1944 - Mick Jones, British musician (Foreigner)
1948 - Gérard Depardieu, French actor
1949 - Carson Kievman, American composer
1950 - Roberto Bettega, Italian footballer
1950 - Terry Bozzio, American drummer (Missing Persons)
1951 - Ernesto Zedillo, President of Mexico from 1994-2000
1952 - David Knopfler, British musician (Dire Straits)
1952 - Karla Bonoff, American singer/songwriter
1959 - Gerina Dunwich, American author
1959 - Andre Tippett, American football player
1960 - Maryam d'Abo, British actress
1962 - Mark Few, American basketball coach
1965 - Salman Khan, Indian actor
1966 - Bill Goldberg, American football player and professional wrestler
1966 - John Harrington, (photographer, author)
1969 - Sarah Vowell, American author and journalist
1971 - Joanie Laurer, American professional wrestler
1971 - Duncan Ferguson, Scottish footballer
1972 - Matt Slocum, American musician (Sixpence None The Richer)
1973 - Wilson Cruz, Puerto Rican actor
1975 - Heather O'Rourke, American actress (d. 1988)
1979 - David Dunn, English footballer
1979 - Carson Palmer, American football player
1981 - Emilie de Ravin, Australian actress

Deaths

418 - Zosimus, Greek pope
1076 - Prince Svyatoslav II of Kiev (b. 1027)
1381 - Edmund de Mortimer, 3rd Earl of March, English politician
1548 - Francesco Spiera, Italian protestant jurist (b. 1502)
1603 - Thomas Cartwright, English Puritan clergyman
1707 - Jean Mabillon, French palaeograopher and diplomat (b. 1632)
1737 - William Bowyer, English printer (b. 1663)
1743 - Hyacinthe Rigaud, French painter (b. 1659)
1771 - Henri Pitot, French engineer (b. 1695)
1782 - Henry Home, Lord Kames, Scottish philosopher (b. 1697)
1800 - Hugh Blair, Scottish preacher and man of letters (b. 1718)
1812 - Shneur Zalman of Liadi, Lithuanian rabbi and founder of Chabad Hasidism (b. 1745)
1836 - Stephen F. Austin, American pioneer (b. 1793)
1858 - Alexandre Pierre François Boëly, French composer (b. 1785)
1896 - John Brown, British manufacturer (b. 1816)
1900 - William George Armstrong, English inventor, industrialist, and engineer (b. 1810)
1914 - Charles Martin Hall, American chemist and inventor (b. 1863)
1923 - Gustave Eiffel, French engineer and architect (b. 1832)
1925 - Sergei Yesenin, Russian poet (b. 1895)
1938 - Calvin Bridges, geneticist (b. 1889)
1938 - Osip Mandelstam, Russian poet (b. 1891)
1950 - Max Beckmann, German painter (b. 1884)
1953 - Julian Tuwim, Polish poet (b. 1894)
1955 - Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter, English soldier (b. 1881)
1956 - Lambert McKenna, Irish scholar, Editor and Lexicographer.
1966 - Guillermo Stábile, Argentine footballer (b. 1906)
1972 - Lester B. Pearson, fourteenth Prime Minister of Canada, recipient of the 1957 Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1897)
1974 - Vladimir Aleksandrovich Fock, Russian physicist (b. 1898)
1978 - Houari Boumédienne, President of Algeria (b. 1932)
1981 - Hoagy Carmichael, American composer and singer (b. 1899)
1988 - Hal Ashby, American film director (b. 1929)
1992 - Kay Boyle, American writer (b. 1902)
1997 - Brendan Gill, American columnist and humorist (b. 1914)
1997 - Billy Wright, Irish Protestant paramilitary leader (b. 1960)
2002 - George Roy Hill, American film director (b. 1922)
2003 - Alan Bates, English actor (b. 1934)
2003 - Ivan Calderon, Puerto Rican Major League Baseball player (murdered) (b. 1962)
2004 - Hank Garland, Nashville studio musician (b. 1930)
2005 - William Doody, Canadian politician (b. 1931)

Events

537 - The Hagia Sophia is completed.
1703 - Portugal and England sign the Methuen Treaty which gives preference to Portuguese imported wines into England.
1831 - Charles Darwin embarks on his journey aboard the HMS Beagle, where he will formulate the theory of evolution.
1836 - The worst ever avalanche in England occurs at Lewes, Sussex, killing 8 people.
1845 - Ether anesthetic is used for childbirth for the first time (Dr. Crawford Williamson Long in Jefferson, Georgia).
1904 - James Barrie's play Peter Pan premieres in London.
1904 - The Abbey Theatre opens.
1918 - The Great Poland Uprising against the Germans begins.
1932 - Radio City Music Hall opens.
1945 - The World Bank is created with the signing of an agreement by 28 nations.
1947 - Howdy Doody, a children's television program, makes its debut (NBC).
1949 - Indonesian National Revolution: Queen Juliana of the Netherlands grants Indonesia sovereignty.
1968 - The long-running radio program The Breakfast Club signs off for the last time (ABC radio).
1978 - Spain becomes a democracy after 40 years of dictatorship.
1979 - The Soviet Union seizes control of Afghanistan and Babrak Karmal replaces overthrown and executed President Hafizullah Amin.
1985 - Palestinian guerrillas kill eighteen people inside Rome and Vienna airports.
1996 - Taliban forces retake the strategic Bagram air base which solidifies their buffer zone around Kabul.
1997 - Protestant paramilitary leader Billy Wright is assassinated in Northern Ireland.
2001 - The People's Republic of China is granted permanent normal trade relations with the United States.
2002 - Two truck bombs kill 72 and wound 200 at the pro-Moscow headquarters of the Chechen government in Grozny, Chechnya.

Holidays

R.C. Saints - John the Apostle and Evangelist
The second day of Christmas in Western Christianity.
A bank holiday in Britain and elsewhere if 25 December or 26 December falls in the weekend.
     
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