December 23 marks Festivus, a parody holiday made popular by the sitcom Seinfeld, but embraced by American pop culture as a moment of relief in the middle of stressful holidays.
On December 22, 1894, Alfred Dreyfus is wrongly convicted of treason in France. This becomes the beginning of what will be known of the Dreyfus Affair. Dreyfus was sentenced to
On December 21, 1940, F. Scott Fitzgerald passes away in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA. His most notable work, “The Great Gatsby,” is a book most Americans read in school, but
On December 20, 1812, two brothers, Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm publish a collection of fairy tales they amassed from German folklore. During their lives, they published several editions, which included
On December 19, 1843 Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” is first published. This first edition would sell out by Christmas Eve. Dickens eventually took to doing public readings of his
On December 18, 1865, U.S. Secretary of State, William Seward announces the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment. Slavery is officially prohibited throughout the country and Cudjo Lewis along with millions
On December 17, 1892, Vogue publishes its first issue. Its brand centers on high fashion and wealth as it becomes iconic in American culture, including literature. Based on this world,
On December 16, 1775, Jane Austen is born in Steventon, United Kingdom. Her legacy of romance and philosophy on love, courtship, and marriage have yet to leave the cultural mind.
On December 15, 1933, the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution officially becomes effective. It repeals the Eighteenth Amendment that prohibited the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol. America
On December 14, 1780, Alexander Hamilton marries Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton at the Schuyler Mansion in Albany, New York. Alexander Hamilton is considered one of the founders of the United States