December facts

Friday, December 3, 2010

  • December was the 10th month in the early Roman calendar. It became the 12th month in a later Roman calendar.
  • December is one of 7 Gregorian months with the length of 31 days.
  • In the northern half of the world, Winter begins in December 21 or 22.
  • Christians celebrate Christmas Day (December 25), as the birthday of Jesus Christ.
  • People in several European countries celebrate December 6 as the Feast of Saint Nicholas.
  • December is the month with the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • The zircon, lapis lazuli, topaz and turquoise are the birthstones for December.
  • The Zodiac sign for those born in this month is either Sagittarius or Capricorn.
  • Narcissus, poinsetta, and Holly are the flowers for the month of December.
  • The 1st Nobel Prize was awarded in December 1901.
  • Famous people born on Christmas Day – Sir Issac Newton: 1642, Clara Barton: 1821, Humphrey Bogart: 1899, Anwar el-Sadat: 1918, Little Richard: 1932, and Barbara Mandrell: 1948.
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