Death of St. Edburga of Minster
Carloman, king of France, dies, is succeeded by Charles the Fat who thus reunites the empire of Charlemagne
Richard I "the Lion Hearted," leaves England on 3rd Crusade
Abu'l-Walid ibn-Rushd [Averros] of Crdoba, philosopher, dies
Election of Pope Alexander IV
Murder of Khalil, Sultan of Egypt, by Baidara, his sucessor, who was also murdered
Death of Selim II, "the Drunkard," Sultan of Turkey 1
John Jay, first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court born
Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the US Constitution.
Beethoven had his first music lesson from Haydn. You've probably heard how Haydn and Mozart influenced each other but Haydn's influence can also be heard in Beethoven's music, especially the first symphony, which opens with a deliberately misleading sequence of chords.
Abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison born
Henry Wells, founded American Express Co. and Wells Fargo & Co. born
Gustave Flaubert, novelist, 'Madame Bovary' born
The novel, "Wide, Wide World" by Elizabeth Wetherell, (whose real name was Susan Warner) was published. The book was the first best-seller in America. There were 14 editions printed during the first two years of publication.
Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina became the first black lawmaker sworn into the US House of Representatives.
Actor Edward G. (Emmanuel Goldberg) Robinson (Little Caesar, Key Largo, Double Indemnity, Scarlet Street) born
"The Katzenjammer Kids," the pioneering comic strip created by Rudolph Dirks, made its debut in the "New York Journal."
George Grant of Boston, MA, patented the golf tee.
Charles M. Schwab formed the United States Steel Corporation; bringing together John Pierpont Morgan and Andrew Carnegie to create one of the richest and most powerful companies in the world.
Marconi receives 1st trans-Atlantic radio signal from England to US.
Authorities in Florence, Italy, announced that the "Mona Lisa," stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris in 1911, had been recovered.
CBS Newsman- Winston Burdett born
Singer Frank Sinatra born
Father Edward Flanagan founded Boys Town outside Omaha, Nebraska.
Jazz singer Joe Williams born
The great impresario Diaghilev made a telling comment about another Ravel work after it was performed. The work was "La Valse." Diaghilev said, "It is a masterpiece. But it is not a ballet. It is a painting of a ballet." "La Valse" evokes a grand ball, but the music gradually gets giddier.
Former New York City Mayor Edward Koch born
The first motel -- the "Motel Inn" -- opened in San Luis Obispo, California.
Japanese aircraft sank the US gunboat "Panay" on China's Yangtze River. (Japan apologized, and paid two-point-two-million dollars in reparations.)
Singer Connie (Franconero) Francis (Stupid Cupid, Where the Boys Are, Lipstick on Your Collar, I'll Follow the Boys) born
Singer Dionne Warwick (Do You Know the Way to San Jose, Walk on By, I Say a Little Prayer, Promises, Promises, Anyone Who Had a Heart) born
Jazz musician Grover Washington Junior born
Rock singer-musician Dickie Betts (The Allman Brothers) born
A United Nations committee voted to accept a six-block tract of Manhattan real estate offered as a gift by John D. Rockefeller Junior to be the site of the UN's headquarters.
The United Mine Workers union withdrew from the American Federation of Labor.
Gymnast-turned-actress Cathy Rigby born
Actress Sheree J. Wilson born
Singer-musician Sheila E. born
Kenya gained its independence from Britain.
Actress Jennifer Connelly born
Actress Mayim Bialik born
Sara Jane Moore pleaded guilty to a charge of trying to kill President Ford in San Francisco the previous September. She is serving a life prison sentence.
Martial law was imposed in Poland.
The group known as Band Aid - 38 of Britain's top and rock musicians - recorded "Do They Know This is Christmas?" for Ethiopian famine victims. Despite best of intentions, much of the food raised never got to the starving Ethiopians. In fact, much of if was found rotting on docks, not fit for human consumption.
248 American soldiers and eight crew members were killed when an Arrow Air charter crashed after takeoff from Gander, Newfoundland.
Secretary of State George P. Shultz, during a visit to Denmark, urged US allies to increase spending on conventional forces, following the signing of a superpower intermediate-range missile ban treaty.
Thirty-five people were killed in a triple train collision during morning rush-hour in south London.
Amid international criticism, Britain forcibly removed 51 Vietnamese from Hong Kong and returned them to their homeland.
in New York, hotel queen Leona Helmsley was sentenced to four years in prison for tax evasion. (Helmsley served 18 months behind bars, plus a month at a halfway house and two months of house arrest.)
President Bush announced that he and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev would hold a summit the following February in Moscow.
Lauro Cavazos resigned as secretary of education.
Russian President Boris Yeltsin won landslide approval in the Russian legislature for his new commonwealth, while Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev edged closer to resigning, saying, "The main work of my life is done."
At least 2,200 people were killed in an earthquake that struck the Flores Island region of Indonesia.
President-elect Clinton tapped Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty to be his chief of staff, and Democratic national chairman Ron Brown to be commerce secretary.
The University of Miami quarterback Gino Torretta won the Heisman Trophy.
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chief Yasser Arafat failed to resolve disputes over a plan to start withdrawing Israeli troops from the Gaza Strip and Jericho before a deadline.
In Russian parliamentary elections, ultranationalist parties gained strong support, causing concern among foreign governments.
The Brazilian Supreme Court acquitted former President Fernando Collor de Mello of the corruption charges that forced him to resign in 1992.
IBM stopped shipments of personal computers with Intel's flawed Pentium chip, saying the processor's problems were worse than earlier believed.
Two French airmen shot down over Bosnia arrived home after nearly four months as captives of the Bosnian Serbs.
By only three votes, the Senate killed a constitutional amendment giving Congress authority to outlaw flag burning and other forms of desecration against "Old Glory."
Hollywood power broker Michael Ovitz resigned as Walt Disney Company's number-two executive.
Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, the international terrorist known as "Carlos the Jackal," went on trial in Paris on charges of killing two French investigators and a Lebanese national. (Ramirez was convicted, and is serving a life prison sentence.)
Former U-S Representative Morris K. Udall died in Washington D-C at age 76.
The House Judiciary Committee approved a fourth and final article of impeachment, this one accusing President Clinton of abuse of power.
President Clinton began a three-day visit to the Middle East aimed at rescuing the Wye River peace accords.
Florida Governor Lawton Chiles died in Tallahassee at age 68.
Author Joseph Heller, whose darkly comic first novel "Catch-22" defined the paradox of the no-win dilemma and added a phrase to the American language, died in East Hampton, New York, at age 76.
Missed field goal gives Dallas important victory
Demonstration in Hong Kong denounces WTO
Gorillaz Nominated for 5 Grammy Awards
French police detain 20 terror suspects in dawn raid
Internet company offers organs from executed Chinese prisoners
Tramlink fan site closes news section
Indianapolis remains undefeated with win in Jacksonville
Californian Governor denies clemency for Stanley Tookie Williams
Protesting Chinese villagers killed in confrontation with police
Strong earthquake strikes Afghanistan, no immediate report of damage
Violence at Cronulla Beach as 5000 people gather
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Male models win The Amazing Race
New Zealand ex-politician gives valedictory speech
Australian Labor Party leader urges supporters to "take a cold shower" over poll results
Convicted sex offenders in US targeted for on-line identity registration
Student commits suicide at school near Philadelphia, U.S.A.
Eritrea declares its coastline a protected area
International response to demolition of Hare Krishna property in Kazakhstan
Central banks announce joint efforts to provide liquidity
UK police officers will vote on right to strike
New outbreak of H5N1 Avian Flu virus reported in Poland
Greenhouse-gas emission targets may come later says Ban Ki-moon
US automaker bailout deal fails to pass Senate
Zoo elephants live shorter lives than their wild counterparts, report warns
FIA lays out cost cutting measures for Formula One
German internet watchdog to remove URLs to 'Virgin Killer' from search engines
Market maker Bernard L. Madoff arrested in $50B 'giant Ponzi scheme'
Mugabe declares Zimbabwe cholera crisis under control
23 Australians arrested in global child porn network
Human remains in mass grave confirm Argentina secret death camp
Benet Academy, Illinois boys basketball team defeats Naperville North after scoring crucial three-pointer
Protesters serenade Lockheed Martin outside firm's UK HQ
Red Cross appeals for US$33 million in food relief for Zimbabwe
Indonesian court overturns Garuda pilot's conviction over air disaster
Pakistani PM: Anti-Taliban offensive in South Waziristan is over
Hawaiian Representative Neil Abercrombie resigns
US suspects North Korea and Burma participating in 'covert military' activities
Man found dead after Stockholm explosion
UK petrol prices rise to record 121.76p
British soap opera Coronation Street celebrates 50 years on air
Scottish police charge two over Liam Aitchison murder
Illinois court clears man of 1992 rape, murder of eleven-year-old
Japanese skiers compete at IPC Nor-Am Cup Super G
Canadian skiers compete at IPC Nor-Am Cup Super G
Australian skiers compete at IPC Nor-Am Cup Super G
North Korea successfully launches long range rocket