December 14th is...

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, December 14, 2011 | 0 comments
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DecemberBuy a Christmas Tree Day
- Will you buy your tree from a local lot - or will you trek out to a tree farm and chop it down yourself? When do you put up your Christmas tree?

- French physician, best remembered for his astrological predictions (written in rhymed quatrains), was born Michel de Notredame, at St. Rémy, Provence, France on December 14, 1503. Many believed that his book of prophecies actually foretold the future.

National Bouillabaisse Day
- celebrate by having a bouillabaisse dinner party! Gather the whole gang together for a simmering pot of bouillabaisse. Get the crusty bread ready and eat this meal the traditional way by sopping up the delicious broth with the crusty bread.

Alabama Entered Union
- On December 14, 1819 Alabama entered the union as the 22nd state.

First Miniature Golf Course Opened
- The earliest form of an 18-hole miniature golf course on record was at the Ladies Putting Club of St. Andrews in Scotland in 1867. Ladies were not allowed to swing golf clubs above their shoulders at the time, hence the creation of the 18-hole putting green called "The Himalayas," played with a putter on real grass. In 1916, miniature golf---then called "Garden Golf"---had found its way to the United States when James Barber's Thistle Dhu putting course opened in Pinehurst, N.C.

American Revolution Birthday
- The first military operation of the American Revolution took place at Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1774.

NASCAR Birthday
- The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is a family-owned and -operated business venture that sanctions and governs multiple auto racing sports events. It was founded by Bill France Sr. in 1947.

South Pole Discovered
- The elusive object of many expeditions dating from the 17th century, the South Pole was located and visited by Roald Amundsen with four companions and 52 sled dogs on December 14, 1911. All five men and 12 of the dogs returned to base camp safely.

Halcyon Days
- In the myth of Alcyone, Halcyon Days are the seven days in winter when storms never occur.

- The day celebrates the discovery and understanding of DNA and the scientific advances that understanding has made possible. A unique day when students, teachers and the public can learn more about genetics and genomics!

Monkey Day
- primarily celebrated with costume parties intended to help draw attention to issues related to simians, including medical research, animal rights, and evolution. The holiday also cuts across religious boundaries and provides opportunities to share monkey stories.


- This was updated by Catherine on December 14, 2011 -

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