Pope Honorius I confirmed in office
Death of Gilbert Erail, 12th Master of the Templars
Mongols take the city of Riazan, Russia
A Truce of 5 years began between England and Scotland
A new sickness breaks out in Naples
Death of Margaret of Navarre
Pilgrims aboard the "Mayflower" went ashore for the first time at present-day Plymouth, Massachusetts. (following a 63-day voyage)
Dramatist Jean Baptiste Racine (Alexandre, Andromaque, Les Plaideurs, Britannicus, Berenice, Bajazet, Mithridate) born
British statesman Benjamin Disraeli born
The first ice-skating club in America was formed. It was in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Humanitarian Henrietta Szold (founding president of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America) born
U.S. Congress authorizes the Medal of Honor to be awarded to Navy personnel that have distinguished themselves by their gallantry in action.
Indians led by Red Cloud and Crazy Horse kill Captain William J. Fetterman and 79 other men who had ventured out from Fort Phil Kearny to cut wood.
Russian dictator Joseph (Dzhugashvili) Stalin born
Golf champion Walter Hagen born
Scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discovered radium.
Holland's Senate passes a workman's compensation act to protect accident victims.
President of NBC-TV Pat Weaver (Credited with the idea for Today and Tonight shows) born
McKinley and Washington schools of Berkeley, California, became the first authorized, junior-high schools in the U.S. (grades 7,8 and 9). The schools were actually identified as introductory high schools
Professional baseball player Josh Gibson born
The first crossword puzzle was published, in the New York "World." (with 32 clues)
Marie Dressler, Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand and Mack Swain appeared in the first six-reel, feature-length comedy. The film was directed by Mack Sennett and was lovingly titled, "Tillie's Punctured Romance."
Nobel Prize-winning author Heinrich Boll (Group Portrait with Lady, The Clown, Billiards at Half-Past Nine) born
Former Austrian president and former UN Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim born
Franklin Delano Roosevelt hired by Zurich legacy Fidelity & Deposit Co. to head its New York City office
Ventriloquist Paul Winchell (Jerry Mahoney Show) born
Country singer Freddie Hart born
Actor Ed Nelson (Anatomy of a Seduction, Deadly Weapon) born
President Coolidge signs the Boulder Dam bill.
Country singer Freddie Hart (Easy Loving) born
Talk show host Phil Donahue born
Walt Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" opened in Los Angeles, the first full-length animated feature film.
Actress Jane Fonda (Vietnam-era peace activist) born
Frank Zappa was born in Baltimore. Zappa found fame as a satirical rock star, but ventured into jazz when he played with Jean-Luc Ponty, and composed a number of classical works as well. born
Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas born
Horse racing was banned in the United States until after World War II.
General George S. Patton died in Heidelberg, Germany, of injuries from a car accident.
Actor Josh Mostel (City Slickers series, The Chase, Little Man Tate, Wall Street, Radio Days, The Money Pit, Sophie's Choice, Harry and Tonto, Jesus Christ, Superstar, The King of Marvin Gardens, Murphy's Law, Delta House, At Ease) born
Pop singer-musician Carl Wilson (The Beach Boys) born
Musician Carl Wilson (Guitar for the Beach Boys) born
An earthquake and tidal wave kill hundreds in Japan.
Baseball player Elliott Maddox born
The state of Eire (formerly the Irish Free State) declared its independence.
Rock musician Gabrielle Glaser (Luscious Jackson) born
Country singer Christy Forester (The Forester Sisters) born
Tennis star Chris Evert 1956 born
Actor-comedian Andy Dick ("NewsRadio") born
Country singer Lee Roy Parnell born
Actor-comedian Ray Romano ("Everybody Loves Raymond") born
Olympic track star Florence Griffith-Joyner (Olympic gold medalist: 100 and 200-meter run 1988) born
Baseball center fielder Andy Van Slyke born
The Turk minority riots in Cyprus to protest anti-Turkish revisions in the constitution.
Britain's House of Commons votes to ban the death penalty.
Four pacifists are indicted in New York for burning draft cards.
Actor Kiefer Sutherland born
The Beach Boys received a gold record for the single, "Good Vibrations."
The Rolling Stones LP, "Their Satanic Majesties Request", was released. It cost $50,000 to produce and came complete with a 3-D photograph of the Stones on the cover.
"Apollo Eight" was launched on a mission to orbit the moon.
Country singer Brad Warren (The Warren Brothers) born
Actress Khrystyne Haje ("Head of the Class") born
Actress Khrystyne Haje born
U.S. draft evaders gather for a holiday dinner in Montreal, Canada.
Singer-musician Brett Scallions (Fuel) born
The UN Security Council chose Kurt Waldheim to succeed U Thant as Secretary-General.
The Liberian-registered tanker "Argo Merchant" ran aground near Nantucket Island, spilling millions of gallons of oil into the North Atlantic.
The NCAA men's basketball rules-committee rescinded the controversial, last-two-minute, free-throw rule. It had been enforced at the beginning of the 1983 season to eliminate excessive fouling at the end of a game.
Bruce Springsteen's album, "Born in the USA", passed Michael Jackson's "Thriller" to become the second longest-lasting LP in the top 10. It stayed there for 79 weeks. Only "The Sound of Music" with Julie Andrews lasted longer: 109 weeks.
500,000 Chinese students gather in Shanghai's People's Square calling for democratic reforms, including freedom of the press.
In New York, three white teen-agers from the Howard Beach section of Queens were convicted of manslaughter in the death of a black man who was chased onto a highway, where he was struck by a car. A fourth defendant was acquitted.
270 people were killed when a terrorist bomb exploded aboard a Pam Am Boeing 747 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
Panama's U.S.-installed President Endara ordered a national curfew.
Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu delivered what turned out to be his final public speech. The hard-line Communist ruler was visibly stunned as his listeners began booing. (Ceausescu fled from power and was executed four days later.)
In Iraq, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis participated in an evacuation drill to test war readiness.
British Prime Minister John Major met with President Bush at Camp David, Maryland; afterward, the two leaders expressed their unity on the Persian Gulf crisis.
Eleven of the 12 former Soviet republics proclaimed the birth of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
President-elect Clinton tapped Richard Riley to be education secretary and Hazel O'Leary to be energy secretary; Clinton expressed anger at "bean counters" for saying he was not appointing enough women to his Cabinet.
Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic won re-election.
First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, in an interview with The Associated Press, said her husband, President Clinton, had solicited her advice on major issues; but, she added, her powers were limited.
A firebomb exploded on a crowded New York City subway train, injuring 48 people. (Unemployed computer programmer Edward Leary was later convicted of attempted murder.)
The House approved sweeping welfare reform that President Clinton said he would veto. (He later signed a revamped version.)
A train collision outside Cairo, Egypt, claimed 75 lives.
The city of Bethlehem passed from Israeli to Palestinian control.
After two years of denials, House Speaker Newt Gingrich admitted violating House ethics rules.
AIDS researcher Dr. David Ho was named "Time" magazine's "Man of the Year."
President Clinton, accompanied by his wife and daughter, left for Bosnia to spread holiday cheer -- and to carry the news that he wanted US troops to remain there indefinitely as the region recovered from its devastating war.
Israel's parliament voted overwhelmingly for early elections, signaling the demise of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ailing hard-line government.
A Chinese court sentenced two dissidents (Xu Wenli, Wang Youcai) to long prison terms for trying to organize an opposition party.
Amid heightened concerns about the possibility of a holiday terrorist attack, security was ordered tightened at American airports and the Pentagon said it was taking "appropriate action" to protect U.S. forces overseas.
Business Brief for December 21, 2005
Posted deadlines for Christmas delivery
Australia to continue burning Indonesian boats
Travel warnings issued for Sydney
Work Choices Fair Pay Chief heavily criticised
Truth comes out about Suprnova closure
Security is important for potential presidents in Haiti
Australian on death row in Vietnam for smuggling heroin
NRMA stands by "unsafe" smash repair system
Cuban talk show accuses U.S. diplomat of helping anti-government groups
San Jose, CA, USA, city manager resigns amid Norcal investigation
U.S. Rep. Conyers raises Bush censure issue
Turkish minister says 'camel wasn't enough'
JK Rowling announces seventh Harry Potter title
Search for climbers on US mountain ends; two presumed dead
Turkmenistan President Niyazov dies of heart condition
Denver airport shutdown as blizzard hits Colorado
Greek minister's statement causes political tension
Cathal Ryan, early board member and son of co-founder of Irish flag carrier Ryanair, dies at 48
Japan backs down from hunting Humpback whales
Lakota activists declare secession from US
Death toll from Pakistan train crash officially lowered to 40
Prime suspect in Northern's Ireland's Omagh bombing found not guilty
BBC reporters arrested in Iran on suspicion of espionage
Two-and-a-half tonnes of marijuana destroyed in Afghan school
Deposed Mauritanian president Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi is released
Taiwan culls 18000 chickens due to H5N2 virus outbreak
Philippines Supreme Court to probe leak of draft judgment in election case
UK government sells stake in nuclear weapons firm
International controversy over UN declaration to stop anti-homosexuality legislation
Winter wonderland: the recent U.S. blizzard in photos
Macy's flagship store in New York evacuated due to fire
Man killed in harbour car crash in Cornwall, England
Apartment fire in south London, England claims victim from smoke inhalation
Madagascar leader names army officer as prime minister
Yemen rebels accuse Saudi forces of killing 54 people
Second day of snow in UK, disruption continues
Mortar exchange kills thirteen in Somali capital
British Business Secretary Cable stripped of powers after 'totally unacceptable and inappropriate' comments
7.4 earthquake strikes Bonin Islands in Japan
Leveson Inquiry told hacking was 'bog-standard' journalism tool at Daily Mirror
Remaining US troops exit Iraq
U.S. House rejects Senate version of payroll tax cut