1721 - Jeanne Antoinette Pompadour, Louis XV's mistress
1876 - Pablo "Pau" Casals, Cellist
1912 - Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Australian Composer and Music Critic, the first Australian composer whose work was performed at an International Society for Contemporary Musicc (ISCM) Festival, in 1938. This was her Choral Suite. (Peggy Glanville-Hicks' (Concertino da Camera Finale, performed by Fortunata Trio with Li-Ly Chang. Uploaded by Musical Arts Int'l. Accessed Dec 29, 2018.)
1936 - Mary Tyler Moore, Actress
1938 - Jon Voight, Actor
1947 - Ted Danson, Actor
1972 - Jude Law, Actor
Pau Casals - El cant dels ocells / Song of the Birds
(Concert at the White House)
1170 - The murder is committed of Thomas a Becket (also Marcellus the Righteous), the Archbishop of Canterbury, on the order of Henry II. He is killed by four knights at an altar in Canterbury Cathedral, later to become a pilgrimage place, until Henry VIII had the remains burnt.
1916 - James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is published in New York. The semi-autobiographical book becomes one of his best-known works, despite being initially rejected for publication.
1940 - German incendiary bombs create a firestorm in the historic heart of London, at the height of its Blitz bombing campaign of the city. Miraculously, St. Paul's Cathedral survives.
1965 - Zubin Mehta conducts his first Metropolitan Opera performance.
1976 - The Spanish Government under King Juan Carlos issues a postage stamp in honour of Pablo Casals' centenary.
1997 - Hongkong begins a massive cull of all chickens within its territory to prevent the spread of avian flu to humans.
1998 - Khmer Rouge leaders apologise publicly for the deaths of millions of Cambodians during the "killing fields" atrocities of the 1970s.
Pablo Casals performing at the White House. Youtube, uploaded by Juristchesus. Accessed Dec 29, 2014.
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