Today is the 355th day of 2019 and the first day of winter.
TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1620, the Pilgrims went ashore at Plymouth Rock.
In 1913, the New York World newspaper published Arthur Wynne’s “Word-Cross Puzzle,” the first crossword puzzle.
In 1937, Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” the first feature-length animated film, premiered.
In 2013, the Walt Disney Company completed its $4.06 billion purchase of Lucasfilm Ltd.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British prime minister; Josh Gibson (1911-1947), baseball player; Joe Paterno (1926-2012), football coach; Jane Fonda (1937-), actress; Frank Zappa (1940-1993), musician; Samuel L. Jackson (1948-), actor; Chris Evert (1954-), tennis player; Ray Romano (1957-), actor/comedian; Florence Griffith Joyner (1959-1998), Olympic track athlete; Kiefer Sutherland (1966-), actor; Julie Delpy (1969-), actress/filmmaker.
TODAY’S FACT: “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” derided by Hollywood insiders as “Disney’s Folly” while it was in production, cost Disney Studios an estimated $1.5 million to create. Walt Disney mortgaged his home to help cover the unanticipated expenses.
TODAY’S SPORTS: In 2010, the University of Connecticut Huskies women’s basketball team won its 89th consecutive game, setting a new Division I record for consecutive wins.
TODAY’S QUOTE: “It is knowledge that influences and equalizes the social condition of man; that gives to all, however different their political position, passions which are in common, and enjoyments which are universal.” — Benjamin Disraeli
TODAY’S NUMBER: 41 — adult male passengers on the Mayflower who signed the Mayflower Compact before disembarking on Plymouth Rock.
TODAY’S MOON: Between last quarter moon (Dec. 18) and new moon (Dec. 25).