Princess Anna Commena of Byzantium born
Death of Henry I, King of England
Thomas a Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, returns to England from exile
Geoffrey Chaucer left England for Rome on a Royal mission
Edmund Spenser's "Faerie Queene" is registered for publication
The first Bach or at least, the first musical Bach we know died. Hans Bach is considered the patriarch of a family that produced so many musicians over so many generations (The Bach came much later) that in those days the family name was actually used as a synonym for musician.
Portugal regains independence after 60 years of Spanish rule
Samuel Kirkland Congregational minister to the Indians of the Six Nations (the Iroquois League) and negotiator of the Oneida Alliance with the colonists during the U.S. War of Independence born
Empress Elisabeth orders expulsion of all Jews from Russia.
Martin Heinrich Klaproth German chemist who discovered uranium (1789), zirconium (1789), and cerium (1803). born
The presidential election was turned over to the US House of Representatives when a deadlock developed between John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, William H. Crawford and Henry Clay. (Adams ended up the winner.)
The U.S. gunboat Penguin seizes the Confederate blockade runner Albion carrying supplies worth almost $100,000.
President Lincoln gives the State of the Union message to the 37th Congress.
The first telephone is installed in the White House.
Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta, "H.M.S. Pinafore" opened this day. Arthur Sullivan conducted the orchestra while William Gilbert played the role of a sailor in the chorus and in the Queen's Nay-vee.
Virgil, Wyatt and Morgan Earp are exonerated in court for their action in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Ariz.
Detective novelist Rex Stout (mystery writer) born
Sherlock Holmes 1st appears in print
Actor Cyril Ritchard born
Robert Welch founder of John Birch Society. born
Former United Mine Workers president W.A. "Tony" Boyle born
The Pennsylvania Trust Company, of Carlisle, Pennsylvania became the first bank in the nation to offer a Christmas Club account. It encouraged customers to set aside money for holiday.
Baseball manager Walter Alston (LA Dodgers) born
Baseball owner Calvin Griffith (Senators, Twins) born
Baseball player Cookie (Harry) Lavagetto born
Continuous moving assembly line introduced by Ford (a new
Actress Mary Martin (South Pacific, Peter Pan) born
The first drive-in automobile service station opened, in Pittsburgh.
Father Edward Flanagan founded Boys Town near Omaha, Nebraska.
Former CIA director Stansfield Turner born
The play, "Lady Be Good" opened in New York City. George Gershwin wrote the music while Fred and Adele Astaire were well-received by the show's audience for their dancing talents.
Actor Dick (Schulefand) Shawn (Bewitched) born
BINGO invented by Edwin S Lowe.
Josef Stalin aide, Sergei Kirov, is assassinated in Leningrad.
Singer Billy Paul (Me and Mrs. Jones) born
Comedian-film maker (Allen Konigsberg) Woody Allen born
Soul singer Lou Rawls (You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine) born
Singer Dianne Lennon (The Lennon Sisters) born
PGA golfer Lee Trevino (US Open 1968,71). born
Comedian-actor Richard Pryor (Stir Crazy, Blue Collar, The Richard Pryor Show) born
Nationwide gasoline rationing went into effect in the United States.
Country musician Casey Van Beek (The Tractors) born
Rock musician John Densmore (The Doors) some sources 1945 born
Ending a "Big Three" meeting in Tehran, President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Russian Premier Josef Stalin pledged a concerted effort to defeat Nazi Germany.
Actress-singer Bette Midler (The Rose, From a Distance, Beaches) born
Burl Ives made his concert debut this night. He appeared at New York's Town Hall.
Singer Gilbert O'Sullivan (Alone Again Naturally). born
Baseball player George Foster born
British composer, EJ Moeran, died. He drowned at the age of 50.
Actor Treat Williams born
Walter Alston was named manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers on this, his 42nd birthday. He became the dean of baseball managers before retiring in 1976.
Rosa Parks, a black seamstress, defied the law by refusing to give up her seat to a white man aboard a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus. Mrs. Parks was arrested, sparking a year-long boycott of the buses by blacks.
Country singer Kim Richey. born
The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Flower Drum Song" opened on Broadway.
Actress Charlene Tilton (Dallas) born
Representatives of 12 countries, including the United States, signed a treaty in Washington setting aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve, free from military activity.
Actress-model Carol Alt born
An airlift of refugees from Cuba to the United States began in which thousands of Cubans were allowed to leave their homeland.
"Promises, Promises" opened on Broadway. The play ran for 1,281 performances; earning $35,000 in profits each week of 1969. Dionne Warwick had a hit version of the title song.
The US government held its first draft lottery since World War Two.
John Lennon's "Happy Christmas" released
David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, died in Tel Aviv at age 87.
'The Golden Bear', Jack Nicklaus, won the Walt Disney World Open Golf Tournament and became the first golfer to win $2 million in career earnings.
Gospel singer Sarah Masen born
On her 30th birthday, Bette Midler had an emergency appendectomy.
George Rogers, of the University of South Carolina, was named the Heisman Trophy winner. He went on to achieve great success for the Washington Redskins.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar surpassed Oscar Robertson as pro basketball's second all-time leading scorer (second only to Wilt Chamberlain). Kareem got to the total of 26,712 points as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Utah Jazz 117-86. Chamberlain's record fell in 1984, when Kareem's scores reached 31,259. Kareem wound up his career in 1989 with 38,387 points.
Lt. Col. Oliver North pleads the fifth amendment before a Senate panel investigating the Iran Contra arms sale.
On this day, the world's most expensive hotel suite (to that date) was offered to visitors at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. The eight-room accommodations included four fireplaces, three bedrooms and a library with secret passage. All this, and much more, for a mere $20,000 a night.
President Ronald Reagan said he would welcome the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the Iran-Contra affair, if such a move were recommended by the Justice Department.
NASA announced that four companies -- Boeing Aerospace, McDonnell Douglas Astronautics, General Electric's Astro-Space Division and Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell International -- had been awarded contracts to help build a space station.
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev won nearly unanimous approval for a more dynamic political structure from the Supreme Soviet, which voted itself out of existence in favor of a new Congress of People's Deputies.
Actress Ashley Monique Clark ("The Hughleys") born
Carlos Salinas de Gortari was sworn in as president of Mexico.
East Germany's Parliament abolished the Communist Party's constitutional guarantee of supremacy.
A historic meeting took place between Soviet leader Michael Gorbachev and Pope John Paul the Second. They met at the Vatican and announced agreement to establish diplomatic ties. Gorbachev renounced more than 70 years of oppression of religion in the Soviet Union.
Dissident elements in the Philippine military launched an unsuccessful coup against Corazon Aquino's government.
British and French workers digging the Channel Tunnel between their countries finally met after knocking out a passage in a service tunnel.
Iraq accepted a U.S. offer to talk about resolving the Persian Gulf crisis.
Ukrainians voted overwhelmingly for independence from the Soviet Union.
Kidnappers in Lebanon pledged to release American hostage Joseph Cicippio within 48 hours.
The space shuttle Atlantis safely returned from a shortened military mission.
Mineola, New York, Amy Fisher was sentenced to five to 15 years in prison for shooting and seriously wounding Mary Jo Buttafuoco.
President Boris Yeltsin survived an impeachment attempt by hard-liners at the opening of the Russian Congress.
The Senate Ethics Committee started an investigation into allegations that Oregon Senator Bob Packwood sexually harassed women who worked for him. He denied it, but a large number of women came forward with similar stories, and ultimately he resigned from the Senate.
Eighteen people were killed when a Northwest Airlink commuter plane crashed in Minnesota.
Crystal Records issued a new recording of Barber's "Summer Music" for winds, performed by the Westwood Wind Quartet. Barber's "Summer Music" is one of the composer's most inventive pieces but isn't very well known to classical fans.
Rapper Tupac Shakur was convicted in the November of 1993 sexual assault of a woman at his New York City hotel suite.
Former TV evangelist Jim Bakker spent his first full day of freedom after time in prison, a halfway house and house arrest for bilking followers of his PTL ministry.
The Senate gave final congressional approval to a world trade agreement, passing the 124-nation General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 76-24.
The NATO alliance chose Spanish Foreign Minister Javier Solana to be its new secretary general.
Tens of thousands of people in Dublin, Ireland, warmly welcomed President Clinton to his ancestral homeland.
The Arab League held an emergency meeting in Cairo, after which it warned Israel that peace efforts would be endangered if Israel insisted on expanding Jewish settlements.
A 14-year-old youth opened fire on a prayer circle at Heath High School in West Paducah, Kentucky, killing three fellow students and wounding five; Michael Carneal later pleaded guilty but mentally ill, and is to be sentenced December 1998.
An international conference on reducing greenhouse gases opened in Kyoto, Japan.
Exxon agreed to buy Mobil for $73.7 billion. Cuba's Communist Party recommended that December 25th be re-established as a permanent holiday.
President Clinton addressed a World Trade Organization conference in Seattle, where he defended his administration's policies in the face of sometimes violent street demonstrations.
An international team of scientists announced it had mapped virtually an entire human chromosome.
On World AIDS Days, United Nations officials released a report estimating that 11 million children worldwide had been orphaned by the pandemic.
Co-creator of Berenstain Bears dies at 82
US Gross Domestic Product grew during third quarter of 2005
Orrin Hatch accidentally compares Iraq to Vietnam
Iraqi rebels seize control of Ramadi's inner city
No final embrace for condemned man
Former UK Law Lord urges de-proscription of Iranian opposition group MEK
Australian drug trafficker to be executed in Singapore tomorrow
First quantum byte created
Hostage standoff in North Reading, Massachusetts ends in tragedy
Bush speaks of goals for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, decries calls for timetable
Rebels launch assault in Ramadi
First face transplant performed on French woman
Great white sharks to be protected in New Zealand
U.S. warns of al Qaeda threat to stock trading and banking websites
Sri Lanka Defence Secretary escapes suicide attack
Marine Corps F-18 crashes in California
Wikipedia again blocked in China
Western New York prepares for winter storm
Australia win first 2006-07 Ashes Test
"Super typhoon" triggers fatal mudslides in Philippines
Venezuela to vote over constitutional reform on Sunday
ETA fighters kill Spanish guard in southern France
Five tourists die in car crash in South African park
Festival of Cabaret â€“ preview
Amtrak train smashes freighter in Chicago
Blast in a coal mine in Donetsk, Ukraine
Hillary Clinton nominated as US Secretary of State
Vodafone begins 3G activation, services in NSW fail
British charities form fund recovery group
Space Shuttle Endeavour lands in California
India's Home Minister quits as first political fallout of Mumbai attacks
Somali pirates seize Greek-owned tanker
4-year-old boy killed by dog in Liverpool, England
Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner dies aged 87
Latest 'CableGate' disclosures hint at US diplomatic tactics in Spain and beyond
Early returns in Egyptian polls show victory for Islamist parties
Hungary bans homelessness
A portrait of Scotland: Gallery reopens after Â£17.6 million renovation
Campaign manager: 100 percent chance Buddy Roemer will run for Americans Elect presidential nomination
Queensland parliament passes Civil Partnership Bill
Bird flu outbreak kills birds in Krasnodar region