December 7, 2023 December 7, 2023, today’s almanac: births, deaths and saint of the day

December 7, 2023 December 7, 2023, today’s almanac: births, deaths and saint of the day

It happened today

“And he was killed while he was hanging his neck out of the gurney, when this was his sixty-fourth year. And, by order of Antony, they cut off his head and his hands, with which he had written the Philippics.” With those orations Cicero had signed his own death sentence. Marco Antonio had not really forgiven him and as soon as he was able he had included him in the proscription lists, having him hunted down as an enemy of the State. Thus, on 7 December 43 BC, while fleeing from his villa in Formia, the greatest orator of ancient Rome was silenced forever. One of the most famous political crimes in history. On December 7, 1941, Hitler issued the decree Night and Night (“Night and Fog”). A Wagnerian expression meaning that all those who threatened the “security” of the Reich in occupied countries – activists, saboteurs, supporters of the resistance – were to be deported to Germany and made to disappear, without giving their families information about their detention or their fate. (Luigi Gaetani)

Born of the day

Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 7 December 1598, sculptor, urban planner, architect, painter, set designer, playwright and costume designer

Pietro Mascagni, 7 December 1863, composer and conductor

Eli Wallach, December 7, 1915, American actor

Maria Luisa Spaziani, 7 December 1922, poet, translator and aphorist

Noam Chomsky, December 7, 1928, American philosopher, linguist, cognitive scientist and political activist

Mino Reitano, 7 December 1944, composer and actor

Toni Capuozzo, 7 December 1948, journalist, writer and television presenter

Ilda Boccassini, 7 December 1949, former magistrate

Tom Waits, December 7, 1949, American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor

Gad Lerner, 7 December 1954, journalist, television host and essayist

Larry Bird, December 7, 1956, former American basketball player, basketball coach and sports manager

Antonello Piroso, 7 December 1960, journalist, author and television presenter

Grecia Colmenares, 7 December 1962, Venezuelan television actress

Sfera Ebbasta, 7 December 1992, rapper

Deaths of the day

Marcus Tullius Cicero, 7 December 43 BC, Roman lawyer, politician, writer, orator and philosopher

Joan Bennett, December 7, 1990, American actress

Saint of the day

Saint Ambrose, bishop of Milan. He is considered one of the most important figures of the Catholic Church of the 4th century and is one of the four doctors of the Western Church. Born in Augusta Treverorum around 339, Ambrose became bishop of Milan in 374 until his death in 397. He was the inventor of hymns and author of important liturgical texts. He is the patron saint of the city of Milan.

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