Wednesday 13 December 1950
It was Wednesday, under the sign of Sagittarius. The US president was Harry S. Truman (Democratic).
Famous people born on this day include Heather North in Pasadena and Tom Vilsack.
Kim, directed by Victor Saville, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1950
while Across The River And Into The Trees by Ernest Hemingway was one of the best selling books.
On TV people were watching The Gabby Hayes Show.
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- Roman festivals - Tellus was worshipped in the district Carinae at the Esquiline Hill, and a lectisternium or table was spread for Ceres.
- R.C. Saints - memorial of Saint Lucy
- Also see December 13 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
- In the Julian calendar before the Gregorian reform, this was the shortest day and longest night, and widely celebrated as such
- In the Irish calendar the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday following the Feast of Saint Lucy were observed as Quarter tense.
- Malta - Republic Day (since 1974)
- St. Lucia's Day in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.
- Heather North in Pasadena: California, USA; actress (The Barefoot Executive).
- Tom Vilsack: American politician, Governor of Iowa, first elected to that post in 1998, the first Democrat elected to that state's Governor's seat in 30 years.
- Wendie Malick: Actress (Just Shoot Me).
- Linda Bellos: English businesswoman and politician.
- Julia Slingo: English meteorologist and academic.
- Abraham Wald: Romanian mathematician and economist (d. 1950).
- James Dean begins his career with an appearance in a Pepsi commercial.
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