Justinian dedicates Hagia Sophia
William of Rubruck and Bartholomew of Cremona arrive at the Court of Mangu Khan of the Mongols
The laws of Burgos give New World natives legal protection against abuse and authorize Negro slavery.
Queen Elizabeth of England issues a Proclaimation forbidding any other kind of worship other that that used at the close of the reign of Henry VIII
Johannes Kepler, discovered planets travel in eliptical orbits. born
Death of Pierre de Ronsard, poet
Coronation of Sigsimund III as King of Poland
English engineer George Cayley, father of the science of aerodynamics born
Scientist Louis Pasteur in Dole, France. He developed the pasteurization process and rabies vaccination. born
Hinton Helper, southern abolitionist who wrote The Impending Crisis. born
Naturalist Charles Darwin set out on a voyage to the Pacific aboard the HMS "Beagle." (Darwin's discoveries during the voyage helped formed the basis of his theories on evolution.)
Dr. Crawford Williamson Long used anesthesia for childbirth for the first time, when he delivered his own child in Jefferson, Georgia.
Wagner dreamed that the Queen of Prussia was his mother.
Actor Sydney Greenstreet (Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, Across the Pacific, Passage to Marseilles, Malaya) born
Militant prohibitionist Carry Nation carried out her first public smashing of a bar, at the Carey Hotel in Wichita, Kansas.
The New York Tribune published a review of Puccini's new opera. "Silly and inconsequential incidents and dialogues," the Tribune critic reported speaking of "La Boheme."
Actress Marlene (Maria von Losch) Dietrich (The Blue Angel, Morocco, Kismet, Destry Rides Again, Judgment at Nuremberg, Witness for the Prosecution) born
The barbershop quartet favorite, "Sweet Adeline", was sung for the first time -- in New York City. The song was composed by Henry Armstrong with the words of Richard Gerard. The title of the song came from a theatre marquee that promoted the great operatic soprano, Adelina Patti.
Comedienne Anna Russell born
Charles Moyer, president of the Miners Union, is shot in the back and dragged through the streets of Chicago.
Physician William H. Masters (Human Sexual Response, On Sex and Human Loving) born
In Ohio, iron and steel workers go on strike for an eight hour day and higher wages.
Actor and musician Oscar Levant (An American in Paris, The Bandwagon, Romance on the High Seas) born
Child psychologist Lee Salk born
The musical play "Show Boat," with music by Jerome Kern and libretto by Oscar Hammerstein the Second, opened at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York.
Actress Inga Swenson born
Radio City Music Hall opened in New York. It was the largest indoor theatre in the world. The gala grand opening show was a six-hour extravaganza that lost half a million dollars within three weeks.
PGA golf champion Dave Marr born
Fashion and perfume designer Bernard Lanvin born
Vicious earthquakes take 11,000 lives in Turkey.
"The Glenn Miller Show", also known as "Music that Satisfies", started on CBS radio. The 15-minute, twice-a-week show was sponsored by Chesterfield cigarettes and was heard for nearly three years.
Jockey Jerry Lambert born
Singer Al Jolson and actress Ruby Keeler were divorced after 12 years of marriage.
Japanese war planes bombed Manila in the Philippines, even though it had been declared an "open city."
Baseball player Phil Gagliano born
Actor John Amos (Good Times, Die Hard 2 to America, Future Cop) born
Baseball player Roy White born
ABC News correspondent Cokie Roberts born
Amy Beach died. She was the first woman in the United States to have a symphony performed, and it is still performed to this day.
28 nations signed an agreement creating the World Bank.
Foreign ministers of Britain, the United States and the Soviet Union agree on a plan to take over Korea for five years.
The American team won the Davis Cup for the first time since 1938.
Football player Bob McKay born
The children's television program "Howdy Doody," hosted by Bob Smith, made its debut on NBC. It showed under the title "Puppet Playhouse." It was aired for 13 years.
Actor Gerard Depardieu (A Pure Formality, My Father the Hero, Cyrano deBergerac, Jean DeFlorette, The Return of Martin Guerre, Tartuffe, Choice of Arms, Loulou, Going Places, The Holes) born
Indonesia attains independence from the Netherlands.
A Crosley automobile, with a steering wheel on the right side, became the first such vehicle placed in service for mail delivery. It was used in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Singer-songwriter Karla Bonoff born
Baseball pitcher Craig Reynolds born
Rock musician David Knopfler (Dire Straits) born
Actress Tovah Feldshuh (Holocaust, The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal, Brewster's Millions, Blue Iguana, A Day in October) born
Broadcast journalist Arthur Kent born
Segregation on Tallahassee, Florida buses is outlawed.
Country musician Jeff Bryant (Ricochet) born
The U.S. agrees to sell fifty F-4 Phantom jets to Israel.
"The Breakfast Club" signed off for the last time on ABC radio, after 35 years on the air.
"Apollo Eight" and its three astronauts made a safe, nighttime splashdown in the Pacific.
Libya, Sudan and the United Arab Republic announce a political, economic and military agreement in Tripoli.
"Hello, Dolly!" closed on Broadway after a run of 2,844 performances.
Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy and Woodstock of Charles Schulz' famous "Peanuts" comic strip made the cover of "Newsweek" magazine.
Musician Matt Slocum (Six Pence None The Richer) born
Death of Lester B. Pearson (born 1897), Canadian statesman and prime minister from 1963-68. He wins the Nobel Peace Price in 1957 for his efforts to resolve the Suez Crisis in 1956.
Actor Wilson Cruz ("My So-Called Life") born
Soviet forces seized control of Afghanistan. President Hafizullah Amin, who was overthrown and executed, was replaced by Babrak Karmal.
President Reagan takes all responsibility for the lack of security in Beirut that allowed a terrorist on a suicide mission to kill 241 Marines.
Four Polish officers are tried for the slaying of Reverend Jerzy Popieluszko.
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was the woman most admired by the American people, according to a Gallup Poll. It marked the third consecutive year that the `Iron Lady' received that honor.
Palestinian guerrillas opened fire inside the Rome and Vienna airports; a total of twenty people were killed, including five of the attackers, who were slain by police and security personnel.
Corazon Aquino, President of the Philippines, was named "TIME" magazine's Man of the Year. The only other women who had been so named were Queen Elizabeth II in 1952; and the Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Warfield Simpson, in 1936.
Scores of Palestinian prisoners appeared before Israeli military courts in the first trials of several hundred protesters arrested in the "intefadeh," or uprising, in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Hundreds of residents of Lockerbie, Scotland, paid silent tribute to five of the Americans killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, as coffins containing the victims' remains began their journey home.
President Bush, on a visit to Beeville, Texas, told a gathering he was determined to bring deposed Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega to justice "for poisoning the children of the United States" with illegal drugs.
Romanias National Salvation Front names a new government headed by President Ion Iliescu, a day after announcing the execution of Nicolae Ceausescu.
The government reported that orders to manufacturers for "big ticket" durable goods plummeted ten and a-half percent the previous month.
Gennady I. Yanayev was approved as the Soviet Union's first vice president on the last day of a stormy, ten-day session of the Congress of People's Deputies.
The United States shot down an Iraqi fighter jet during what the Pentagon described as a confrontation between a pair of Iraqi warplanes and US F-16 jets in UN-restricted airspace over southern Iraq.
US officials said that Strobe Talbott, who had served as the Clinton administration's chief Russia policy architect, would take over the number-two spot at the State Department.
Four Roman Catholic priests - three French and a Belgian - were shot to death in their rectory in Algiers, a day after French commandos killed four radicals who had hijacked an Air France jet from Algiers to Marseille.
Death of Ukraine-born Shura Cherkassky, one of the worlds last great romantic pianists. VNS/REUTERS/AP
Israeli jeeps sped out of the West Bank town of Ramallah, capping a seven-week pullout giving Yasser Arafat control over 90 percent of the West Bank's one million Palestinian residents and one-third of its land.
In Belgrade, Yugoslavia, about 60,000 opposition supporters defied riot police and rallied in celebration of an international report backing their triumph over Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic in recent local elections.
Billy Wright, Northern Ireland's most notorious Protestant militant, was shot to death by three members of the Irish National Liberation Army at the Maze Prison outside Belfast.
Six inmates, including four convicted killers, escaped from Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Tennessee (all were recaptured by the end of next day).
A week after she was born weighing just ten-point-three ounces, the smallest of the Houston octuplets (Chijindu Chidera) died from heart and lung failure.
Former television executive Leonard H. Goldenson, who'd built ABC into a network powerhouse, died in Longboat Key, Florida, at age 94.
Death of Curtis Mayfield, a prolific composer and singer whose songs evoked the struggle of African Americans. He was 57. VNS/REUTERS/AP
Space shuttle "Discovery" and its seven-member crew returned to Earth after fixing the Hubble Space Telescope.
National Hockey League as a player after over 3 years of retirement. He was the first owner-player in the modern era of pro sports. Lemieux had purchased the Pittsburgh Penguins during his retirement from playing.
normal trade status with the United States.
U.S. officials announced that Taliban and al-Qaida prisoners would be held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
President Bush extended permanent normal trade status to China.
India and Pakistan engaged in diplomatic tit-for-tat, ordering half of each other's embassy staffs sent home and banning overflights by each other's national airlines.
Australia's richest man dies aged 68
Record companies subpoenaed over digital music pricing
Japan's population declines
Actor Vincent Schiavelli dies in Sicily at age 57
Data Retention Directive passed by EU Parliament
New Zealand Christmas road toll is at ten
Fire destroys a Social Security building in Brasilia
Timekeeping will pause into the New Year with a 'Leap Second'
Greek newspaper reports British spy involved in torturing 28 Pakistani citizens
Iran parliament to review compliance with IAEA standards
Blair flight overshoots runway
Iranian president sends letter to Pope Benedict XVI
European telescope searches for planets
68 pieces of luggage found behind Texas pet store
Former U.S. President Gerald Ford dies, aged 93
Canadian gold-medalist arrested, charged with kidnapping
Polar bears reviewed to become "threatened" species
Surgeon declares that Fidel Castro does not have cancer
Six dead in shooting near Seattle, United States
President Bush signs Consolidated Appropriations Act 2008
TWTC Nangang is constructed in Taipei, Taiwan
2007-08 Aztec Cup Winter Cyber Games in Taiwan starts with charity and competitiveness
Israel continues settlement expansion
Benazir Bhutto killed in suicide attack
US Presidential candidates offer condolences to family of Benazir Bhutto
Feared toll of Indonesian floods, landslides up to 130; dozens missing as bridge swept away
Tiger that escaped enclosure at San Francisco Zoo may have 'climbed' over wall
Israeli air strikes hit government compounds in Gaza
Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up airliner
British Member of Parliament David Taylor dies
Vietnam record drug seizure suspects convicted
Deaths in Philippines ferry accidents
German jet bound for US searched in Iceland after suitcase loaded without owner
Beirut car bomb targets Hamas official
Two arrested, 40 dead in Indian bridge collapse
'Serious' terror threat in Mumbai; police hunt four suspected militants
California judge disqualified from predatory lending case
Nigeria fireworks fire kills one, injures dozens