Fun Facts About The Month Of December

December Holidays

Hanukkah Christmas Boxing Day Kwanzaa Read A Book Day Human Rights Month Calendar Awareness Month National Handwashing Awareness Month National Fruit Cake Month

December Tidbits

Winter always begins on the 21st or 22nd of the month, it is the shortest day and longest night of the year. This day is called Winter or Southern Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere.

The month of December was originally the tenth month of the year in the Roman calendar, its name comes from the Latin word “Decem” which means tenth. It became the twelfth month when the Romans added January and February to the calendar.

The birthstones for the month of December are: Turquoise, Zircon and Tanzanite. December’s flowers are: Narcissus and Holly, and the zodiacs are: Sagittarius and Capricorn.

Month In History

12/1/1955 The birth of The Modern American Civil Rights Movement occurred when Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, AL. 12/2/1859 Abolitionist John Brown was executed for treason in Charles town, WV. 12/3/1962 Edith Sampson was sworn in as The First African American female judge. 12/6/1865 The 13th Amendment was ratified abolishing slavery. 12/12/1805 Abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison was born in Newburyport, MA. He was the founder of The Liberator, an anti slavery newspaper that ran for fifty years from 1831 to 1881. 12/20/1860 South Carolina was the first to secede from the Union in prelude of The American Civil War, followed by Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee and North Carolina, forming an eleven state Confederacy with nine million in population, including four million slaves. The Union had twenty one states with a population of over twenty million. 12/20/1956 The one year long Montgomery Bus Boycott ends after the US Supreme Court integrates The Montgomery Bus System. 12/25/0001 The birth of Jesus Christ. Although the exact day is not known, Roman Emperor Constantine began to celebrate Christ’s birth on December 25th in 336 A.D. 12/26/1966 Kwanzaa is established in the African American community.

December In Foreign Languages

Mandarin Shí’èryuè Danish December French Décembre Italian Dicembre Latin December Spanish Diciembre

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