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Singer RickyMartin is 40.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
The War of 1812 ofﬁcially ended as theUnited States and Britain signed theTreaty of Ghent.
“Christmas comes,but once a year is enough.”
— American proverb
Former presidentof Afghanistan,Hamid Karzai,is54.“American Idol”host Ryan Seacrestis 37.
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Mostly clear. Lowsaround 40. East winds 5 to 10mph...Becoming north after midnight.
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Partly cloudy. Lows in thelower 40s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 50s.
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:Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 50s.
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Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of rain. Highs in the upper 50s. Lows in the mid 40s.
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The Daily Derby race winners are GorgeousGeroge,No.8,in ﬁrst place;Whirl Win,No.6,insecnod place;and Hot Shot,No.3,in third place. The race time was clocked at 1:47.09.
(Answers Monday)VERGE WRING BATTER SIMILEYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:Valley Ave. in Bangor is a —“MAINE” STREETNow arrange the circled lettersto form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME
by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek
Unscramble these four Jumbles,one letter to each square,to form four ordinary words.
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Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama — who had dis-covered a sea route around Africa to India — died in Cochin,India.
,legendary American frontiersman Christopher “Kit”Carson was born in Madison County,Ky.
fire devastated the Library of Congress inWashington,D.C.,destroying about 35,000 volumes.
several veterans of the Confederate Army formed aprivate social club in Pulaski,Tenn.,called the Ku Klux Klan.
Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Aida”had its world premierein Cairo,Egypt.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Gen.Dwight D. Eisenhower supreme commander of Allied forces inEurope as part of Operation Overlord.
Gian Carlo Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors,”the ﬁrst opera written speciﬁcally for television,was ﬁrstbroadcast by NBC-TV.
the Houston Oilers won the second American FootballLeague Championship Game,defeating the San DiegoChargers,10-3.
,the Apollo 8 astronauts,orbiting the moon,read pas-sages from the Old Testament Book of Genesis during aChristmas Eve telecast.
Americans remembered the U.S. hostages in Iran byburning candles or shining lights for 417 seconds — one sec-ond for each day of captivity. Karl Doenitz,the last leader of the Third Reich following the suicides of Adolf Hitler andJoseph Goebbels,died in West Germany at age 89.
Ten years ago:
Ofﬁcials said President George W. Bush hadcreated a formal line of succession at several key federal agen-cies in the event a Cabinet secretary were to be killed or inca-pacitated.Songwriter-bandleader Dave Bartholomew is 91. Author MaryHiggins Clark is 84. Federal health administrator Anthony S.Fauci is 71. Recording company executive Mike Curb is 67.Rock singer-musician Lemmy (Motorhead) is 66. Sen. Jeff Sessions,R-Ala.,is 65. Actor Grand L. Bush is 56. ActorClarence Gilyard is 56. Actress Stephanie Hodge is 55. Rock musician Ian Burden (The Human League) is 54. Actor AnilKapoor is 52. Actor Wade Williams is 50. Designer Kate Spadeis 49. Rock singer Mary Ramsey (10,000 Maniacs) is 48. ActorMark Valley is 47. Actor Diedrich Bader is 45.Gene Autry (1907-1998) was inspired towrite the song “Here Comes SantaClaus”(1947) while riding his horsedown Hollywood Boulevard during aChristmas parade in 1946.***Santa comes down Santa Claus Lane inthe song “Here Comes Santa Claus.”***The movie “A Christmas Story”(1983)is about Ralphie,a 9-year old that des-perately wants an ofﬁcial Red Ryder car-bine-action 200-shot range model BBriﬂe for Christmas. His mother,teacherand even Santa Claus all tell him he willshoot his eye out,but ultimately hereceives the gift.***The most recorded holiday song is“White Christmas.”There are over 500versions of the song recorded in severallanguages.***The same poet that wrote “America theBeautiful”(1904) is credited with creat-ing Mrs. Claus. Can you name the poet?See answer at end.***The snowman becomes Parson Brownand a circus clown in the Christmascarol “Winter Wonderland.”***The poem “The Night BeforeChristmas,”by Clement Clarke Moore(1779-1863),was ﬁrst published on Dec.23,1823 in the Troy Sentinel,a NewYork newspaper. Father Christmas isnever referred to as Santa Claus in thepoem. He is called St. Nicholas.***Elmo Shropshire is Dr. Elmo,the singerand songwriter of “Grandma Got RunOver by a Reindeer”(1979). Shropshireis a veterinarian. He established an ani-mal clinic in San Francisco and current-ly lives in Marin County.***In the Netherlands,Santa Claus has ahelper named Black Peter who judgeswhich children were bad during the year.Peter leaves bad children sticks and salt.***A Christmas tree has been lit atRockefeller Center in New York since1931. The tree is usually a NorwaySpruce,and is between 75 and 90 feettall. Over ﬁve miles of lights are used todecorate the tree.***Early in his presidency,one of PresidentTheodore Roosevelt’s (1858-1919) plat-forms was forest conservation. He didnot allow Christmas trees in the WhiteHouse because he thought they depletedthe forests.***The ﬁrst piece of music ever broadcaston radio was “O Holy Night.”OnChristmas Eve 1906,Canadian inventorReginald Fessenden (1866-1931) used anew type of generator to broadcast overthe airwaves. He read from the Bible andplayed O Holy Night on his violin.***Elvis Presley (1935-1977) recorded“Blue Christmas”in 1957 for his ﬁrstChristmas album. The song was origi-nally recorded in 1950 by country artistErnest Tubb (1914-1984).***Sweden celebrates the Festive Day of Santa Lucia on Dec. 13,to mark thebeginning of the Christmas season. Inthe fourth century,Santa Lucia deliveredfood to needy Christians. She wore awreath of candles on her head to lighther way.***
:Katherine Lee Bates (1859-1929). The Maine native wrote the poem“Goody Santa Claus on a Sleigh Ride”(1889) in which Mrs. Claus helps her husband get ready for Christmas. Her many responsibilities include mendingstockings,baking cookies and tending tothe reindeer. Bates,a professor at Wellesley College,was so awed by a visit to Pikes Peak in Colorado that she wrote“America the Beautiful.”
Know It All is by Kerry McArdle. It runs inthe weekend and Wednesday editions of theDaily Journal. Questions? Comments? Emailknowitall@smdailyjournal.com or call 344-5200 ext. 114.
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A window cleaner dressed as Santa Claus poses during an event to celebrate the upcoming Christmas holiday season at ashopping mall in Tokyo,Japan.