Election of Leo III as Pope
Coronation of Boleslav II as King of Poland
Frederick II, German Emperor born
Duchess Anne of Brittany born
1st Spanish settlement in New World founded, by Columbus
Tapestries, designed by Raphael, first hung in the Sistine Chapel
Death of Babur the Mogul, of India
William Shakespeare's "King Lear" is performed at court
The London Gazette published the earliest known notice for public subscription concerts. Tickets were a shilling apiece.
Francois Couperin was appointed royal organist at Versailles; he was 25 years old.
English poet Thomas Gray (Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard) born
American forces under Gen. George Washington, having crossed the Delaware River on Christmas night, defeated Hessian mercenary troops fighting for the British at the Battle of Trenton.
Artist Juan Lovera ('artist of independence' Venezuelan historical paintings) born
Teacher Laurent Clerc (1st deaf teacher in U.S., He helped establish American School for the Deaf in Connecticut) born
Daniel Shay leads a rebellion in Massachusetts to protest
English inventor Charles Babbage, who developed the first speedometer and adding machine born
Bellini's "Norma" premiered. "Norma," acclaimed to this day, flopped at its premiere.
Adm. George Dewey, the American naval hero of Manila born
38 Santee Sioux are hanged in Mankato, Minn for their part in the Sioux Uprising in Minnesota. Little Crow has fled the state.
James H. Nason of Franklin, Massachusetts, received a patent for a coffee percolator.
Native American's hand the U.S. Army their worst defeat prior to Little Big Horn at the Fetterman Fight in Powder River County in the Dakota territory. The Fetterman Fight.
Novelist Henry Miller American writer remembered for Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn. born
Mao Tse-tung, leader of the Chinese communist revolution born
Claude Debussy, having finished the rough draft, set to work finalizing details of "Iberia".
Actor Richard Widmark (Judgment at Nuremberg, Murder on the Orient Express, The Halls of Montezuma, How the West was Won, The Alamo, Against All Odds, True Colors) born
The federal government took over operation of American railroads for the duration of World War I.
Comedian, composer and author Steve Allen born
Comedian Alan (Irwin Kniberg) King born
Actor Donald Moffat (Trapped in Paradise, Clear and Present Danger, Tales of the City, The Bonfire of the Vanities, The Bourne Identity, The Best of Times, The Right Stuff, The Long Days of Summer, Winter Kills, Mary White, Showdown, Rachel, Rachel) born
George Gershwin's musical, "Of Thee I Sing", opened at the Music Box Theatre in New York City. The show became the first American musical to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize.
70,000 are killed in a massive earthquake in China.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Abdul "Duke" Fakir (The Four Tops- songs:Baby I Need Your Loving, I Can't Help Myself, Reach Out I'll Be There, Standing in the Shadows of Love, Seven Rooms of Gloom, Bernadette, Keeper of the Castle, Ain't No Woman like the One I've Got, When She Was My Girl, Don't Walk Away) born
Baseball player Wayne Causey born
W.C. Handy, of Memphis, Tennessee, recorded the classic "St. Louis Blues". W.C. and his band recorded in New York for Varsity Records.
Record producer, singer and songwriter Phil Spector born
Baseball pitcher Ray Sadecki born
Winston Churchill became the first British prime minister to address a joint meeting of the US Congress.
Tennessee Williams' play "The Glass Menagerie" was first performed publicly, at the Civic Theatre in Chicago.
"America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh born
Actress Joyce Jillson (Slumber Party '57, Superchick) born
Retired baseball player, catcher Carlton Fisk born
Heavy snow blanketed the Northeast, burying New York City under 25.8 inches of snow in 16 hours; the severe weather was blamed for some 80 deaths.
Baseball coach Chris Chambliss born
One of radio's most popular programs, "The Shadow", hit the airwaves for the final time. Vigilante crime-fighter Lamont Cranston battled greed and corruption since 1930.
Susan Butcher winner of Iditarod Trail race [1986,1987, 1988, 1990] born
Baseball's `The Wizard of Oz' Ozzie Smith born
Eight East Berliners escape to West Berlin, crashing through gates in an armor plated bus.
Country musician Brian Westrum (Sons of the Desert) born
Capitol Records rushed to release its first single by the Fab Four, otherwise known as The Beatles. "I Want to Hold Your Hand", backed with "I Saw Her Standing There." The record reached #1 on February 1, 1964.
Rock musician Lars Ulrich (Metallica born
Dr. Maulana Karenga celebrates the first Kwanzza, a seven day African American celebration of family and heritage.
Country singer Audrey Wiggins born
Rock musician J (White Zombie) born
Rock musician Peter Klett (Candlebox) born
The 33rd president of the United States, Harry S. Truman, died in Kansas City, Missouri, at the age of 88.
The Man of the Year in "TIME" magazine was a non-human for the first time. A computer received the honors as 1982's "greatest influence for good or evil."
House Speaker Tip O'Neill was selected to receive the J. Fred Muggs Award, given by "TV Guide" for TV goofs and blunders. The Speaker of the House earned the uncoveted prize when he ordered cameras from CSPAN to pan the almost empty House of Representatives while Republicans were making speeches.
TV's longest-running drama was seen for the last time as "Search for Tomorrow" ended a 35-year stay on television.
A bomb exploded at a USO bar in Barcelona, Spain, killing one US sailor and injuring nine others; a little-known group called the Red Army of Catalonian Liberation claimed responsibility.
Another body from the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 was found, bringing the confirmed death toll to 240.
Romanian television broadcast videotape showing ousted President Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, at their secret trial as well as footage of the former leader's body following his execution. That same day, a provisional government took control of Romania.
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev nominated Gennady I. Yanayev to be the Soviet Union's first vice president (Yanayev helped lead an abortive coup against Gorbachev in August 1991).
Nancy Cruzan, the young woman in an irreversible vegetative state whose case led to a US Supreme Court decision on the right to die, died at a Missouri hospital.
The government reported that its 1990 US census had counted a total 249 million, 632,692 people.
Milan Panic conceded defeat to Slobodan Milosevic almost a week after Yugoslavia's presidential election.
"Time" magazine announced it had chosen President-elect Bill Clinton its 1992 "Man of the Year."
In Russia, a four-day kidnap drama ended as four masked kidnappers who had abducted eleven teen-agers landed their explosives-packed helicopter, freed their last hostages and fled with $10 million in ransom. (The four men were captured the next morning.)
French commandos stormed a hijacked Air France jetliner on the ground in Marseille, killing four Algerian hijackers and freeing 170 hostages.
Israel turned dozens of West Bank villages over to the Palestinian Authority in a smooth transfer of power.
Six-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey was found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family's home in Boulder, Colorado. (To date, the slaying remains unsolved.)
Badly battered South Korean financial markets surged after the International Monetary Fund and the Group of Seven countries agreed on $10 billion emergency loans to Seoul.
President Clinton, in his weekly radio address, urged Congress to lower the blood-alcohol limit for drunken driving nationwide to .08 percent.
The crew of space shuttle "Discovery" packed up its tools and prepared to return home after an eight-day mission of repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope that NASA declared a success.
Alfonso Portillo, a populist lawyer, scored a resounding victory in Guatemala's first peacetime presidential elections in nearly 40 years.
Soul singer and songwriter Curtis Mayfield died in Roswell, Georgia, at age 57.
Actor Jason Robards died in Bridgeport, Conn., at age 78.
A gunman wielding a semiautomatic rifle and a shotgun opened fire at an Internet firm in Wakefield, Mass., killing seven workers.
Queensland Premier aims for a move to Australian federal politics
New Zealand Tsunami heroes to receive Special Service Medal
Olympics organisers insist London win in 2012 ballot was fair
Bombmaking materials found near farm of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe
Four Russian stores hit with gas attacks
Falwell called for boycott of stores using 'Happy Holidays' in place of 'Merry Christmas'
Indian Ocean tsunami, one year after
Iranian Baha'i dies in jail
Oil spill reported in Gulf of Mexico
Saddam Hussein to be hanged in 30 days
Gasoline pipeline explosion in Nigeria kills hundreds
Appeals court confirms death penalty for Saddam Hussein
Colombian terrorists own 42 aircraft
Strong earthquake strikes off the coast of Taiwan
Record temperatures stoke bushfires in Western Australia, arson suspected
Scores feared dead in Indonesian landslides after heavy rain
Turkey carries out more air strikes in northern Iraq
Chad court sentences six French aid workers to eight years of hard labour
Tiger escapes from cage at San Francisco Zoo, kills worker
Worldâs largest ice 'Father Christmas' built in China
Egyptian teacher who killed child receives prison term
Australia makes changes to Boxing Day cricket test team
Guard rail kills ten in Malaysian bus crash
Terror alert in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai
China sentences dissident to eleven years in prison
Failed bomb aboard Delta flight
Ship fire kills nine Greek and Filipino sailors in Caribbean Sea
American actor Charlie Sheen arrested
Pope attacked during Christmas Eve Mass
New regional jet takes off from St. Petersburg, Russia