Sunrise: 7:01 A.M., Sunset: 4:12 P.M. For Boston, MA [CHANGE]
This eight-day Jewish festival begins this evening at sundown. The central feature of the observance of Chanukah is the nightly lighting of the Chanukiah.
December 6, 1964
The Burl Ives narrated holiday classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer made its television debut.
December 12, 1890
Golf was played for the first time in the U.S. at Franklin Park, Boston.
St. Lucia (also called Lucy) is celebrated especially in Italy and in Sweden, where the oldest (or sometimes youngest) daughter wears a crown of candles and wakes the family with coffee and St. Lucia buns (sweet rolls seasoned with saffron.
December 17, 1892
Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker premiered, St. Petersburg, Russia.
December 20, 1836
Temperatures in central Illinois dropped from 40 to 0 degrees F in a sudden cold snap that was said to freeze chickens in their tracks.
The original name for our favorite red-nose reindeer was Rollo, then Reginald, and finally in 1939 he got the name Rudolf.