Almanac – December 20

1860 – Dan Leno born. English music hall comedian and musical theatre actor during the late Victorian era. He was best known, aside from his music hall act, for his dame roles in the annual pantomimes that were popular at London’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, from 1888 to 1904. 

He developed a music hall act of talking about life’s mundane subjects, mixed with comic songs and surreal observations, and created a host of mostly working-class characters to illustrate his stories.

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1946 – Uri Geller born. Israeli psychic known for his trademark television performances of spoon bending and other supposed psychic effects. Throughout the years, Geller has been accused of using simple conjuring tricks to simulate the effects of psychokinesis and telepathy. He used to call his abilities “psychic” but now prefers to refer to himself as a “mystifier” and entertainer.

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1968 – John Steinbeck died. American writer,  widely known for the The Grapes of Wrath (1939) and East of Eden (1952) and the novella Of Mice and Men (1937).

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