All About December 23rd

All About December 23rd

Holidays, Horoscope and Trivia

December 23rd Holidays

  • Festivus
    December 23rd – Festivus is a holiday that was papalized on the Seinfeld episode “The Strike”, written by Seinfeld writer Dan O’Keefe.  Dan and the other Seinfeld writers, wrote this episode based on a holiday that Dan’s father (also named Daniel) invented back in the 1960s. HIs father founded Festivus in 1966 to commemorate his first date with his wife Deborah. According to sources Dan did not even think it was a good idea to add Festivus into the episode, but the other writers convince him and voila, it took off and now many people around the world celebrate Festivus. So to celebrate you should get a Festivus pole and decorate it, (replaces the Christmas tree). prepare a Festivus dinner and invite everyone, air all your grievances, )make your guests as uncomfortable as you can) join in the Feats of Strength, (arm wrestle Aunt Edna), call all slightly non-routine events ‘Festivus miracles.’ (Uncle Pete didn’t get drunk, it’s a Festivus Miracle!)
  • HumanLight
    On December 23rd  HumanLight is a secular holiday that focuses on the “positive, secular human values of reason, compassion, humanity and hope”. It’s a time of reflection on the year ending and preparing for the year ahead.  Learn more at
  • National Pfeffernüsse Day
    Today on December 23rd we celebrate  German cookie made with ground nuts and spices and covered in powdered sugar. Here is a recipe for you to try out:
  • National Roots Day
    Today, on December 23rd, you are encouraged to dig into your family roots. Learn more about your ancestors and encourage family members to share stories with your children.

December 23rd’s Horoscope sign is Capricorn

Time period: December 21 – January 20

Element: Earth
Ruling planet: Saturn
Symbol: Sea-Goat
Sign ruler: Saturn, Uranus
Birthstone: Garnet
Lucky Numbers: 4, 8, 13, 22
Personality Traits: Solid, Stable, Traditional, Loves Quality.
Famous Capricorns: Tiger Woods Stephen Hawking, Bradley Cooper, Jim Carrey, Elvis Presley, Issac Newton, Muhammed Ali, Mel Gibson.

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December 23rd Trivia

  • 1805 – Joseph Smith Jr. was an American religious leader and founder of Mormonism and the Latter Day Saint movement and was born today in Sharon, VT.
  • 1815 – The novel Emma by Jane Austen is first published.
  • 1888 – Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear with a razor, after argument with fellow   Vincent van Gogh - Self-portrait with grey felt hat - Google Art Project painter Paul Gauguin, and sends to a prostitute for safe keeping.
  • 1919 – 1st hospital ship built to move wounded naval personnel launched.
  • 1919 – Alice H. Parker, an African American inventor from Morristown, NJ received a patent for her design of a gas heating furnace.
  • 1945 – Frederick Astons “Cinderella” premieres in London.
  • 1946 – Susan Lucci, American actress known for her role as Erica Kane on soap opera, “All My Children,” was born in Scarsdale, NY.
  • 1954 – First successful kidney transplant is performed by J. Hartwell Harrison and Joseph Murray.
  • 1964 – Eddie Vedder, American musician, band member of Pearl Jam, was born in Evanston, IL.
  • 1967 – The song, “Hello, Goodbye,” by The Beatles was the #1 song in the UK.
  • 1968 – Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William Anders become the 1st men to orbit the Moon.
  • 1968 – The 82 sailors from the USS Pueblo are released after eleven months of internment in North Korea. WTC-looking north
  • 1970 – The North Tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York, New York is topped out at 1,368 feet (417 m), making it the tallest building in the world.
  • 1971 – Corey Haim, Canadian actor was born in Toronto, Canada.
  • 1972 – A 6.5 magnitude earthquake strikes the Nicaraguan capital of Managua killing more than 10,000.
  • 1979 – The movie, “Kramer vs Kramer,” starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep was the #1 movie.
  • 1981 – The song, “Physical,” by  Olivia Newton-John was #1 on the Hot 100 Billboard Charts.
  • 1987 – Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, serving a life sentence for attempted assassination of President Gerald Ford, escapes from Alderson Prison.
  • 1994 – The album, “Miracles: The Holiday Album,” by Kenny G was the top Holidays album on the Billboard Charts. Woody Allen and Soon Yi Previn portrait 2009
  • 1997 – Woody Allen, 62 weds Soon-Yi Previn 27, adopted daughter of Mia Farrowm his ex-wife.
  • 2000 – The song, “My Next Thirty Years,” by Tim McGraw was the #1 country song on the Hot Country Songs Billboard Chart.
  • 2002 – Finn Wolfhard, Canadian actor was born.
  • 2005 – “Jurassic Park” actress Laura Dern .marries musician Ben Harper in Los Angeles.
  • 2007 –  Katherine Heigl marries singer-songwriter Josh Kelley at Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City, Utah.
  • 2009 – The #1 movie is, “Avatar.”
  • The two most popular Holidays songs being played on the radio this week are, “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” by Mariah Carey and, “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” by Burl Ives,
  • 2015 – Musician Richard Marx marries TV host and model Daisy Fuentes  in Aspen, Colorado.

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