Monday, December 5, 2011

Fun Facts about December

Happy Birthday to all you Sagittarians and Capricorns!
  • Today, December 5th is Walt Disney's birthday and he would have been 110 years old!
  • Sinterklaas, the winter holiday figure just like our Santa Claus, rides the rooftops of Belgium and the Netherlands tonight on his gray horse, Sleipner.
  • Decem means 'ten' in Latin.
  • December was the tenth month in the Roman Calendar, but was changed to the twelfth and last month in the Julian and Gregorian calendars.
  • Everyone knows that December has 31 days, but did you know every year, both December and September start on the same day?
  • December has the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Northern hemisphere.
  • December 7th is Pearl Harbor Day, which commemorates the 1941 surprise military strike on the US by the Imperial Japanese Navy. Wow! That was 70 years ago.
  • Nobel Prizes will be awarded on December 10th in the fields of Chemistry, Physics, Medicine, Peace, and Literature.
  • The Honolulu Marathon, one of the world's largest, will take place on December 11th.
  • December 21st starts Hanukkah this year, Christmas is December 25th, and Kwanzaa begins on December 26th.
  • Fans of Seinfeld, who are frustrated with the commercialism and pressure of other December holidays will celebrate Festivus on December 23rd.