Reconstruction of Kyoto, Japan, begun after a fire
Su Tung-p'o, Chinese poet, essayist, painter, official. born
Death of Edith, wife of Edward "the Confessor," King of England
Coronation of Henry II and Elanor of Aquitane as King and Queen of England
Coronation of Pope Gregory XII
Theologian Andreas Osiander His original name ANDREAS HOSEMANN German theologian who helped introduce the protestant Reformation to Nrnberg. born
Observance of Christmas forbidden in England
Edinburgh Castle surrenders to Oliver Cromwell
Philip V, 1st Bourbon King of Spain born
Benjamin Franklin began publishing "Poor Richard's Almanac."
Thomas Paine published his first "American Crisis" essay, in which he wrote, "These are the times that try men's souls."
General George Washington led his army of about 11,000 men to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, to camp for the winter.
Sir William Parry, England, Arctic explorer born
Edwin M(cMasters) Stanton Secretary of war who, under President Abraham Lincoln, tirelessly presided over the giant Union military establishment during most of the American Civil War (1861-65). born
Women's suffrage leader Mary Livermore born
Sir John Kirk Scottish physician, companion to explorer David Livingstone, and British administrator in Zanzibar. born
Charles Dickens' classic Yuletide tale, "A Christmas Carol," was first published in England.
Henry Clay Frick, industrialist; worked for Carnegie. born
Actress Minnie Fiske. She first appeared on stage at the age of three. born
Novelist Eleanor Porter ("Pollyanna") born
Corrugated paper was patented by Albert L. Jones of New York City. The rippled cardboard material is still used today in boxes and as packing protection.
Tchaikovsky had a successful premiere in St. Petersburg with his opera "The Queen of Spades."
Parliament votes amnesty for all involved in army treason trial known as the Dreyfus Affair.
Actor Ralph Richardson SIR RALPH DAVID RICHARDSON British stage and motion-picture actor who, with Sir John Gielgud and Laurence Olivier, was one of the greatest British actors of his generation. born
Leonid Brezhnev, Soviet statesman born
239 workers died in a coal mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania.
U.S. socialist women denounce suffrage as a movement of the middle class.
French dramatist Jean Genet, a pioneer in the theater of the absurd born
Thomas (Tip) Philip O'Neill, Jr., longest serving Speaker of U.S. House born
The first games of the new National Hockey League were played . Five teams made up the league: Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec, the Montreal Canadiens and the Montreal Wanderers.
Robert Ripley began his "Believe It or Not" column in "The New York Globe."
Country singer Little Jimmy Dickens. born
Country Music Hall of Famer `Little' Jimmy Dickens (Country Boy, My Heart's bouquet, May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose) born
A new law states that women authors must copyright under their husband's name.
(Pulitzer Prize-winning Desire, Jaws 2) born
Stravinsky's "Symphony of Psalms" was played by the Boston Symphony.
The British Broadcasting Corporation began transmitting overseas with its "Empire Service" to Australia.
Actress Cicely Tyson (The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, Roots, Fried Green Tomatoes, Heat Wave, Sounder) born
Maurice Ravel underwent brain surgery. Ravel had been in a traffic accident, and since that time had begun to lose his memory and his ability to concentrate. The operation was a failure. Ravel would not survive long after it.
Rhythm-and-blues singer-musician Maurice White (Earth, Wind and Fire) born
Hitler assumes the title of Commander in Chief of the German Army, after accepting the resignation of Field Marshal Walther von Brauchitsch, whom Hitler calls a `vain, cowardly wretch'.
Musician singer Zal Yanovsky (Group You Believe in Magic, You Didn't Have to Be So Nice, Daydream, Did You ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?, Summer in the City, Rain on the Roof, Nashville Cats) born
Paleonthologist Richard E. Leakey born
Rock singer Alvin Lee (Ten Years After) born
Actress Elaine Joyce born
Musician John McEuen (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) born
Congress confirms Eleanor Roosevelt as the U.S. delegate to the UN.
Actor Robert Urich (Final Descent, Boatworks, The Lazarus Man, Danielle Steel's A Perfect Stranger, Vegas, Spenser: for Hire, Magnum Force) born
U.S. Olympic Gold swimmer Claudia Kolb born
The North Atlantic Council names General Eisenhower supreme commander of Western European defense forces.
Country music singer Janie Fricke born
The musical play "The Music Man," starring Robert Preston, with book and songs by Meredith Willson, opened on Broadway.
Basketball player Kevin McHale born
Reputed to be the last civil war veteran, Walter Williams, dies at 117 in Houston.
Actor Mike Lookinland ("The Brady Bunch") born
Frank Sinatra recorded his first session with his very own record company, Reprise Records. Frank did "Ring-A-Ding-Ding" and "Let's Fall in Love."
Neil Sedaka's "Calendar Girl" was released on RCA Victor Records. It became Sedaka's fourth record to make the charts.
The movie "Judgment At Nuremberg" opened in New York City with a star-studded cast including Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Montgomery Clift, Judy Garland, Marlene Dietrich, and Maximillian Schell.
Actress Jennifer Beals (Four Rooms, Devil in a Blue Dress, Day of Atonement, Indecency, Vampire's Kiss, The Bride, Cinderella, Flashdance, 2000 Malibu Road) born
Actor Robert McNaughton (I am the Cheese, E.T. Extra-Terrestrial) born
Rock musician Kevin Shepard (Tonic) born
Actress Alyssa Milano (Fear, Deadly Sins, Conflict of Interest, Commando, Old Enough, Who's the Boss?) born
"Apollo 17" splashed down in the Pacific, winding up the Apollo program of manned lunar landings.
Johnny Carson pulled a good one before a nationwide late-night audience on NBC. He started a fake toilet-paper scare. In his "Tonight Show" monologue, he told his huge audience that a Wisconsin congressman had warned that toilet paper was disappearing from supermarket shelves. Due to his gag -- it did in many areas of the United States.
Nelson A. Rockefeller was sworn in as the 41st vice president of the United States after a House vote.
Actor Jake Gyllenhall born
Actress Marla Sokoloff born
Four bombs explode at South Africa's only nuclear power station in Johannesburg.
Britain and China signed an accord returning Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty on July first, 1997.
The United States formally withdrew from UNESCO in an effort to force reform of the U.N. cultural organization's budget and alleged Third World bias.
ABC Sports announced that it was severing ties with Howard Cosell and released `The Mouth' from all TV commitments. Howard continued on ABC Radio for another five years.
The Soviet Union announced it had freed dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile, and pardoned his wife, Yelena Bonner.
The Palestinian uprising in Israel's occupied territories spread to Arab east Jerusalem.
President-elect Bush nominated New York Congressman Jack Kemp to be his secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir agreed to a Likud-Labor coalition to govern the Jewish state.
Police in Jacksonville, Florida, disarmed a parcel bomb at the local NAACP office, the fourth in a series of mail bombs to turn up in the Deep South. (Two of the bombs killed a Savannah, Georgia, alderman and a federal judge in Alabama -- Walter L. Moody Junior was convicted in both bombings.)
Iraq urged its people to stockpile oil to avoid shortages should war break out, and Saddam Hussein declared he was "ready to crush any attack."
More than 400 suspected Muslim fundamentalists deported by Israel were confined to a makeshift refugee camp in a "no man's land" in Lebanon because of the Lebanese government's refusal to accept them.
Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and senior PLO officials ended two days of closed-door talks in Oslo, Norway, in which they sought to break a deadlock over Palestinian self-rule in the occupied territories.
CNN publicly acknowledged it had wrongfully disobeyed a judge's order in broadcasting former Panamanian military ruler Manuel Noriega's jailhouse telephone conversations.
Former President Jimmy Carter, on a peace mission to Bosnia-Herzegovina, met with Bosnian Serb leaders, who offered a four-month cease-fire.
The Federal Reserve cut a key interest rate, turning fears to cheers on Wall Street a day after the biggest one-day stock plunge in four years.
Yigal Amir, the confessed assassin of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, went on trial.
A gunman opened fire inside a Bronx, N.Y., shoe store, killing five people.
The television industry unveiled a plan to rate programs using tags such as "TV-G," "TV-Y" and "TV-M."
Actor Marcello Mastroianni died in Paris at age 72.
A SilkAir Boeing 737-300 plunged from the sky, crashing into an Indonesian river and killing all 104 people aboard.
In Milwaukee, postal clerk Anthony Deculit killed a co-worker he'd feuded with, wounded a supervisor and injured another worker before taking his own life.
James Cameron's epic "Titanic," the highest grossing film ever made, opened in American movie theaters.
President Clinton halted airstrikes against Iraq after a fourth day of attacks.
Two days after his confession of marital infidelity, Bob Livingston told the House he wouldn't serve as its next speaker.
Space shuttle Discovery and seven astronauts roared into the night toward the crippled Hubble Space Telescope.
Macau spent its last day under Portuguese control before being handed back to China, ending 442 years of colonial rule.
Actor Desmond Llewelyn, who'd starred as the eccentric gadget expert Q in a string of James Bond films, was killed in a car crash in East Sussex, England; he was 85.
Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Orlando Brown was ejected for pushing referee Jeff Triplette to the ground during a game against Jacksonville after accidentally being hit in the eye with Triplette's weighted penalty flag.
Bank of Italy governor, Antonio Fazio, presents resignation today
President Bush defends NSA domestic intercepts
Anti-racism rally in Sydney
Evo Morales wins presidential elections in Bolivia
Public services shutting down in New South Wales, Australia due to lack of money
New Jersey Devils coach Robinson resigns
Black vulture population targeted for reduction at Virginia boat launch
Spacex cancels Falcon 1 launch until 2006
40 alleged drunken Santas accused of running amok
China has extensive plans for space exploration
Pakistan : New policy on renewable energy launched
President Bush signs U.S.-India nuclear deal
Pakistani train derailment kills at least 56
One killed by TGV crash with lorry
Danish troops killed in Afghanistan by UK friendly fire says Danish MoD
New mall in Washington, US almost complete, traffic a concern
Man dies on ride at Disney World in Florida; possibly had prior conditions
Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, wife of 'Star Trek' creator dies of cancer at 76
RNA journal submits articles to Wikipedia
US East Coast prepares for blizzard
London court jails man for killing wife with remote control
NASA flyby of Saturn moon Titan produces first image of liquid on another world
Copenhagen climate conference ends with "meaningful agreement"
Students raise record amounts of money during Christmas fundraiser at Benet Academy, Illinois
Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Jones dies at age 90
Iraqi insurgents intercepted drone feeds using widely available software
Sir Terry Wogan leaves BBC Radio 2 breakfast show
Fifteen people killed in Philippines hotel fire
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il dead