Concerning December 16th

Events large and small, miscellany, curiosities, &c.

Being the 350th day of the year, with 15 days remaining.

National Chocolate Covered Anything Day.

Born today : Arthur C. Clarke, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey and other science fiction classics, in 1917.

Clarke also proposed the concept of geostationary telecommunications satellites.

Departed today : Colonel Harland Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, in 1980.

Today in history : Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempted to escape from Alcatraz island, in 1937. Neither man was ever seen again.

Endeavour to learn something new every day.

Fact of the day : Pioneering English physicist, mathematician, and astronomer Sir Isaac Newton died a virgin.  From An Underground Education ~ Visit the official web site

Quote of the day : “It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.” – Jim Rohn.  From BrainyQuote

Word of the day : Vitiate (vish-ee-ayt) 1 : to make faulty or defective : impair; 2 : to debase in moral or aesthetic status.  From Merriam-Webster

December comes from decem, Latin for ten.
December was originally the tenth month in the Roman calendar.

National Stress-Free Family Holiday Month.

December birthstone : Turquoise, for wealth.

December flower : The holly, Ilex opaca.

“Heap on more wood! The wind is chill; but let it whistle as it will, we keep our Christmas still.” – Sir Walter Scott.

Professor D. O. Durant's Original Encyclopedic Calendar

“Whilst the publisher makes every effort to verify the accuracy of the information presented herein it should not be used to decide wagers, resolve border disputes, or settle disagreements between spouses. Thank you.”

From the preface of the first
edition of the calendar.