Murder of St. Kenelm, King of Mercia
Death of Pope Colextus II
Death of Frederick II, deposed Holy Roman Emperor
Abdication of Pope Celestine V
Emperor Go-Komatsu moves into the rebuilt Imperial Palace, Japan
Donatello, Italian Renaissance sculptor, dies
First item printed in England, a Papal Indulgence
Erik XIV, Stockholm, King of Sweden born
First meeting of the Council of Trent
Henry IV, 1st Bourbon King of France born
Peace of Stettin; Denmark recognizes Swedish independence;
Sir Francis Drake of England set out with five ships on a nearly three-year journey that would take him around the world.
Trial by jury established at Plymouth Colony
Coronation of John IV as King of Portugal
Death of St. Jane Frances de Chantel
Dutch navigator Abel Tasman arrived in present-day New Zealand.
Dartmouth College, in New Hampshire, received its charter.
Poer Heinrich Heine (The Lorelei, Atta Troll, A Midsummer's Night Dream, Germany A Winter's Tale, Romacero) born
The first abdominal surgical procedure was performed - in Danville, Kentucky. The patient was Jane Todd Crawford and the operation was performed without the aid of an anesthetic.
John Adamson, of Boston, MA, received a patent for a dry dock.
The nation's first savings bank, the Provident Institution for Savings, opened in Boston.
Clergyman Phillips Brooks, who wrote the Christmas carol "O Little Town of Bethlehem" born
Mily Balakirev was born. Balakirev was one of "The Five," also known as "The Mighty Handful," the Russian composers who deliberately sought out a Russian alternative to the German way of composing a symphony. born
The Hasty Pudding Club, a student body dramatic organization formed in 1770 at Harvard, gives its first theatrical production.
An estimated 11,000 Northern soldiers were killed or wounded in a battle with Confederate troops outside Fredericksburg, Virginia.
World War I hero Sergeant Alvin York born
Flaminco guitarist Carlos Montoya born
Wright brothers first airplane flight at Kittyhawk.
Leonardo da Vinci's "La Gioconda" or, "Mona Lisa" for us art neophytes, was returned to the Louvre Museum in Paris after a two-year absence.
Actor Larry (Klausman) Parks(The Jolson Story, Jolson Sings Again) born
President Wilson arrived in France, becoming the first chief executive to visit Europe while in office.
Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz (some sources 1920) born
Actor-comedian Dick Van Dyke born
The Second Symphony of Arnold Bax was premiered by the Boston Symphony.
Country singer Buck White born
One of the greatest choral works of all time was premiered Stravinsky's "Symphony of Psalms." It was commissioned by the Boston Symphony, but its world premiere in Boston was delayed when Serge Koussevitsky got sick, so the first performance wound up being in Brussels.
Movie producer Richard Zanuck born
Singer John Davidson born
During World War Two, the US cruiser "Nashville" was badly damaged in a Japanese "kamikaze" suicide attack that claimed 138 lives.
Country musician Ron Getman (The Tractors) born
Rock musician Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (The Doobie Brothers; Steely Dan) born
Country singer-musician Randy Owen (Alabama) born
The American League voted down a proposal to revive the spitball, which had been outlawed since 1920.
After meeting with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, President Truman vows to purge all disloyal government workers.
Country singer John Anderson born
Actor Johnny Whitaker ("Family Affair") born
Grandma Moses (Anna Mary Robertson Moses) passed away at the age of 101. The self-taught artist took up painting in her sixties and had her first showing in New York City at the age of eighty. Her style was nostalgic and primitive - mostly rural scenes: "The Old Oaken Bucket", "Christmas at Home", "The Quilting Bee".
Actor-comedian Jamie Foxx born
President Johnson and Mexico's President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz meet on a bridge at El Paso, Texas, to officiate at ceremonies returning the long-disputed El Chamizal area to the Mexican side of the border.
Britain cuts work week to three days to save energy supply.
The Philadelphia Mint began stamping the Susan B. Anthony dollar, which went into circulation the following July.
Actress Chelsea Hertford ("Major Dad") born
Polish labor leader Lech Walesa is arrested and the government decrees martial law, restricting civil rights and suspending operation of the independent trade union Solidarity.
The Sentry armored car company in New York discovered the overnight theft of $11 million from its headquarters. It was the biggest cash theft in U.S. history.
In a movie first, the murder mystery, "Clue" opened nationally. The film featured three different endings.
France sues the U.S. over the discovery of an AIDS serum.
Before leaving for Oslo, Norway, Secretary of State George P. Shultz told reporters in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Reagan administration would begin making funding requests for the proposed "Star Wars" defense system.
PLO chairman Yasser Arafat addressed the UN General Assembly in Geneva, where it had reconvened after the US refused to grant Arafat a visa to visit New York.
South African President F.W. de Klerk met for the first time with imprisoned African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela, at de Klerk's office in Cape Town.
A final evacuation flight from Iraq arrived in Germany, carrying the U.S. ambassador to Kuwait and his staff, who had endured a 110-day Iraqi siege of their embassy.
An Israeli border guard was kidnapped near Tel Aviv and later killed by the Hamas fundamentalist organization; the slaying prompted Israel to expel hundreds of Palestinians, sending them into Lebanese territory.
The space shuttle "Endeavour" returned from its mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
An American Eagle commuter plane carrying 20 people crashed short of Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina, killing 15.
Chinese democracy activist Wei Jingsheng, who'd already spent 16 years in prison, was sentenced to 14 more years. (However, Wei was granted medical parole by Beijing, and allowed to travel to the US.)
As President Clinton flew to Paris to attend the signing of the Bosnian peace accord, Congress gave him partial backing for his Bosnia policy.
President Clinton nominated Bill Daley to be commerce secretary and Bill Richardson to be United Nations ambassador.
The UN Security Council chose Kofi Annan of Ghana to become the world body's seventh secretary-general.
Trade ministers from 28 countries meeting in Singapore endorsed a US-crafted trade pact to abolish import duties on computers, software and other high-tech products.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in Los Angeles for the $1 billion Getty Center, one of the largest arts centers in the United States.
Michigan Wolverine Charles Woodson was named winner of the Heisman Trophy, the first primarily defensive player so honored.
Voters in Puerto Rico rejected US statehood.
With a grave impeachment threat looming, President Clinton told a news conference in Jerusalem he would not resign, and insisted he did not commit perjury.
In a spirited presidential campaign debate, Texas Govenor George W. Bush and Senator John McCain, R-Arizona, fought over tax policy and farm subsidies, while McCain was pushed to defend his centerpiece campaign finance proposals.
In his first major test on the road to peace with Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak won parliamentary backing for opening negotiations with Damascus.
Saddam Hussein captured by U.S. forces in Tikrit
Sydney racial violence continues
No reprieve for Stanley Williams, Crips street gang founder
Shots fired at Sydney church
Haitian provisional government dismisses Supreme Court justices
Council of Europe rapporteur says CIA abduction claim "credible"
New Jersey apartment building collapses after explosion
Mass graves found in Lebanon
Journalist Gebran Tueni murdered
Fires out at the Hertfordshire Oil Storage Terminal
Business Brief for December 13, 2005
Opposition leader jailed in Venezuela
Guantanamo detainee David Hicks seeks UK passport
US President Bush says 30,000 civilians killed in Iraq war
New Zealand local loop unbundled
U.S. Senator Tim Johnson hospitalized
The results of the Antiquorum's auction of vintage and modern timepieces
UK train driver cleared of manslaughter over 1989 rail collision
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators meet formally
Garry Kasparov will not run for Russian presidency
American musician Ike Turner passes away at 76
Climate Negotiations soon to conclude in Bali; UN "concerned by the pace of things"
North Sea oil spill is Norway's second worst
European leaders sign Lisbon Treaty
Explicit Canadian workplace safety ads pulled from TV due to Christmas season
Victoria Wyndham on Another World and another life
Taipei IT Month exposed problems on traffic jams
Saturn's rings are much older than previously thought
EU may see no reason to go to next major emitters meeting
Three UK residents to be released from GuantÃ¡namo
Obama announces choice for Secretary of Housing
White House considering auto rescue plan
UN General Assembly approves measures to protect economic, social and cultural rights
Former Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian released on bail
Asbestos scare shuts down mail delivery in Christchurch, New Zealand
Protesters arrested at climate change rally
Government of Canada okays WIND Mobile launch, overturning CRTC decision
Mark Ingram wins Heisman Trophy
Joe McElderry wins UK X Factor final
Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi assaulted
North Korean weapons seized in Thailand
Family of Amanda Knox plans for appeal in Italian court
IOC posthumously awards its highest honor to late Vancouver Organizing Committee Chair
Seventeen injured after coach overturns near Oxford, England
Former Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson announces presidential bid
Two remanded after court appearance over Liam Aitchison murder
Australia earns one medal on day three of IPC Nor-Am Cup
Twelve countries compete on second day of Nor-Am Cup
Australia takes podium for standing men's giant slalom on second day of IPC NorAm Cup