Death of St. Damascuc I, Pope
Death of St. Daniel the Stylite
Richard the Lion-Hearted captured near Vienna by Leopold of Austria
Death of Ogudai; Mongols withdraw from Hungary
Beheading of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, considered last legitimate Prince of Wales
Death of Wladislaus II, King of Hungary and Bohemia
Death of Vasily III, Czar of Russia
An Armistice is signed between Russia and Poland
103 "Mayflower" pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock
Scottish physicist and kaleidoscope inventor David Brewster born
France's King Louis the 16th went before the Convention to face charges of treason. (Louis was convicted, and executed the following month.)
French composer Hector Berlioz born
Indiana became the 19th state.
Hawaiian King Kamehameha. The Kamehameha dynasty ended with his death on Dec. 11, 1872. born
German pioneer bacteriologist Robert Koch born
Dr. Horace Wells, of Hartford, CT, had a tooth extracted. He became the first to receive an anesthetic for this dental procedure.
A raging fire sweeps the business district of Charleston, South Carolina, adding to an already depressed economic state.
America's first black governor took office as Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback became acting governor of Louisiana.
New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia born
The Bijou Theatre in Boston, MA, became the first theatre to be lighted by electricity.
The world's first motor show opened in Paris with nine exhibitors.
WJ Henderson blasted Scriabin's "Poem of Ecstasy" in the New York Sun. "It seemed," he wrote, "like several other things than ecstasy."
The American composer Elliott Carter was born. Only a few hours separated the birth of Olivier Messiaen in France and the arrival of Carter in New York. The two would grow up to have remarkably similar careers each one hailed as an important 20th century composer. born
Russian novelist Alexander Solzhenitsyn born
The kind citizens of Enterprise, Alabama dedicated the first known monument to honor the boll weevil. The weevil had destroyed cotton plants. However, by forcing folks to diversify their crops, the farmers wound up tripling their income.
Nearly 400 world leaders sign a letter to President Coolidge asking the U.S. to join the World Court.
U.S. Senate votes to compromise on the Boulder Dam, leaving California and Arizona short on water demands.
Police in Buenos Aires thwarted an attempt on the life of President-elect Herbert Hoover.
Actor Jean-Louis Trintignant born
As the economic crises grows, the Bank of the U.S. closes its doors.
Britain's King Edward the Eighth abdicated the throne in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson.
Italy withdrew from the League of Nations.
Singer Betty Grable and her famous legs were featured on the cover of "LIFE" magazine.
California state senator Tom Hayden born
Marlene Dietrich recorded "Falling In Love Again", on the Decca label.
Four days after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States.
Senator John Kerry (Democrat, Massachusetts) born
Actress Lynda Day George born
Country producer Tony Brown born
The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established.
Pop singer David Gates (Bread) born
Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement from baseball.
Movie director Susan Seidelman ("Desperately Seeking Susan") born
Actress Bess Armstrong born
Singer Jermaine Jackson born
Rock musician Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) born
A US aircraft carrier carrying Army helicopters arrived in Saigon -- the first direct American military support for South Vietnam's battle against Communist guerrillas.
Rock musician David Schools (Widespread Panic) born
The Concorde, a joint British-French venture and the world's first supersonic airliner, is unveiled in Toulouse, France.
West German Chancellor Willy Brandt and Czech Prime Minister Lubomir Strougal formally signed a treaty nullifying the 1938 Munich pact sanctioning Hitler's seizure of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland.
Actor Rider Strong ("Boy Meets World") born
President Jimmy Carter signed into law legislation creating $1.6 billion environmental "superfund" to pay for cleaning up chemical spills and toxic waste dumps.
The U.N. Security Council chose Javier Perez de Cuellar of Peru to be the fifth secretary-general of the world body.
In his weekly radio address, President Ronald Reagan urged the Senate to vote for production funds for the M-X missile, and worry later about the "basing-mode" for the weapon.
Pope John Paul II paid a historic visit to a Lutheran church in Rome, the first visit by a Roman Catholic pontiff to a Protestant church in his own diocese.
Two days after the end of the hijacking of a Kuwaiti jetliner, the United States accused Iran of encouraging "extreme behavior" by the hijackers, who killed two Americans during the five-day siege.
The U.S. House of Representatives joined the Senate in giving final congressional approval to the Gramm-Rudman deficit-reduction law.
The most expensive non-oil acquisition in U.S. history took place as General Electric Company agreed to buy RCA Corporation for $6.3 billion. The deal also included NBC Radio and Television.
The government of South Africa drastically expanded its 6-month-old media restrictions by imposing prior censorship and banning coverage of a wide range of peaceful anti-apartheid protests.
NATO allies urged the U.S. Senate to ratify the intermediate -range missile treaty quickly, and underscored their support by pledging to let the Soviet Union inspect missile bases in 5 European nations.
A Soviet military transport plane crashed, killing nearly 80 people involved in Armenian earthquake relief efforts.
Sixty-two people were killed when tons of illegal fireworks exploded in a Mexico City marketplace.
President Bush, facing criticism at home for sending two U.S. officials to China, defended the diplomatic overture despite the Beijing government's crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators the previous June.
Hundreds of foreigners flew out of Iraq and Iraqi-occupied Kuwait, ending four months of captivity following Iraq's invasion of its oil-rich neighbor.
Ivana Trump was divorced from real estate mogul Donald Trump after 12 years of marriage.
European Community leaders meeting in the Dutch city of Maastricht hammered out a compromise for a loose federation of their countries.
President-elect Clinton tapped Robert Reich to be labor secretary and Donna Shalala to be secretary of Health and Human Services.
President Clinton, in his weekly radio address, said the nation must fight "violence with values," and praised radio stations that refused to play songs advocating violent crime or showing contempt for women.
declaration in Miami which would be known as "The Miami Process." It was a hemispheric agreement to create the world's largest free trade zone.
Thousands of Russian troops backed by armored columns and jets rolled into breakaway republic of Chechnya in a bid to restore Moscow's control over the region.
Utah Congresswoman Enid Greene Waldholtz held an emotional news conference in which she publicly addressed the scandal surrounding her personal and campaign finances and blamed her estranged husband, Joe.
More than 150 countries agreed at a global warming conference in Kyoto, Japan, to control the Earth's greenhouse gases.
Henry Cisneros, President Clinton's first housing secretary, was indicted on charges of conspiracy, obstructing justice and making false statements about payments to his former mistress.
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams became the first political ally of the IRA to meet a British leader in 76 years as he conferred with Prime Minister Tony Blair in London.
The Mars Climate Orbiter blasted off on a nine-month journey to the red planet (however, the probe disappeared last September, apparently destroyed because scientists had failed to convert English measures to metric values).
Majority Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee pushed through three articles of impeachment against President Clinton, over Democratic objections.
President Clinton told CBS Radio his 1993 "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military wasn't working, and he pledged to work with the Pentagon to find a way to fix it.
Ron Dayne, Wisconsin's record-setting tailback, was a landslide winner in the Heisman Trophy balloting.
Hundreds attend "International Peace Conference"
US, UK persuade Russia and China of laptop authenticity
NYC's transit workers approve strike authorization
Car entrapped by ice in Halifax
Xbox 360 not a hit in Japan
Author of Wikipedia character assassination takes responsibility
Major explosions at UK oil depot
Bus explosion in Pakistan kills at least 40
RenÃ© PrÃ©val leading Haitian election according to opinion poll
Discovery docks with International Space Station
Former Chilean dictator Pinochet dies at 91
Samuels Jewelers to be acquired by a DTC sightholder
Kofi Annan appeals for cooperation and leadership from USA
Kucinich to run for U.S. president
Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk receives Nobel Prize
Fizzy drinks out of New Zealand schools from 2009
British computer scientist's new "nullity" idea provokes reaction from mathematicians
US Congress may re-establish the Luxury Tax
4 year-old suspended from kindergarten in Texas, US
Canadian Liberals show strong lead, says poll
Deadly ice storm moves across US
Nine who admitted raping 10-year-old released by Australian judge
First rail service in 50 years begins across Korean borders
Two car bombs kill scores in Algiers, Algeria
Alex Trebek, host of US TV game show 'Jeopardy!' suffers heart attack
Fabio Capello new favourite to succeed as coach of England's football team
Israel allows cash for Gazans
Iraqi restaurant hit by suicide bomber
Obama selects Steven Chu as US Energy Secretary
Body of small child found in Orlando, Florida
Gunmen seize at least 75 hostages in Philippines
UN: 4.8 million Ethiopians in need of food aid
Somali pirates release Greek-owned ship
Guinea arrests 100 soldiers in connection with attempted assassination of leader
Arabsat puts Arabic news channel back on the air
Thousands continue to flee fighting in Yemen
New York City Mass Transit facing service cuts
Corpse of former President of Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos stolen
Thousands protest over alleged Russian election fraud
Republican hopeful Gingrich fuels controversy over Palestinian 'invented people' remarks
FBI agent arrested, charged with exposing himself in public