First Day of Winter
On December 21, 2012 at precisely 4:11 a.m. PST, the sun will be directly over the equator. At that moment, winter will begin in the Northern Hemisphere and summer will begin in the Southern Hemisphere. Ahhh, Australian summer.
Some interesting events that took place on December 21 in history:
- December 21, 1620 – the Mayflower pilgrims landed at Plymouth, Mass.
- December 21, 1970 – Elvis Presley paid a visit to President Richard M. Nixon at the White House.
- December 21, 1937 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered at the Carthay Circle Theater in Hollywood, CA.
- December 21, 1991 – The Soviet Union formally ceased to exist and was dissolved into Russia and fourteen other independent countries.
As we count down the days for winter to arrive, enjoy Kathryn Tickell and Peter Tickell performing with Sting from his Winter’s Night album at Durham Cathedral in 2009: