Titus 10th Roman Emperor, conqueror of Jerusalem born
The Japanese Emperor moved into his rebuilt Palace at Kyoto
The Duke of York is defeated and killed by Lancastrians at the Battle of Wakefield.
Marriage of Lucrezia Borgia to Alfonso d'Este
Giambattista Giraldi, Italian novelist, poet, dramatist dies
Death of Pope Innocent IX
Robert Gorges is made Lieutenant-Governor of New England
Jan Baptista van Helmont, physician, alchemist, dies
Vincenzo da Filicaia, Florence, lyric poet born
The United States takes possession of the Louisiana area at New Orleans with a simple ceremony, the simultaneous lowering and raising of the national flags.
Wearing masks at balls forbidden in Boston.
Asa Griggs Candler developed Coca-Cola born
The United States bought 45,000 square miles of land along the Gila River from Mexico for $10 million. The deal is known ao the Gadsden Purchase. The area is now southern Arizona and New Mexico.
The draft of the Emancipation Proclamation is finished and circulated around Lincoln's cabinet for comment.
Rudyard Kipling, British author, best known for Jungle Book and Soldiers Three. born
Simon Guggenheim, philanthropist. Everyone flying today is a beneficiary of the Guggenheim team's vision and largesse. (died aboard the Titanic) born
Canadian economist and humorist Stephen Leacock born
Brahms' Second Symphony premiered in Vienna.
Tojo Hideki, Japanese Prime Minister during WWII. When the bellicose war minister and most powerful man in Japan, Army General Hideki Tojo, became prime minister in October 1941, there no longer was a chance of avoiding war with Britain and the United States. born
Flames swept the Iroquois Theater in Chicago, killing 602 people. The fire led to safety regulations for theaters around the world.
Dmitri Kabalevsky in St. Petersburg. born
"The Merry Widow" was premiered in Vienna and was an instant success for Franz Lehar. was born.
Governor Frank Steunenberg of Idaho is killed by an assassin's bomb.
Composer and pianist Paul Bowles. born
Sun Yat-sen was elected the first president of the Republic of China.
Former Miss America Pageant master of ceremonies Bert Parks born
At the first Soviet Congress, Russia, Ukraine and two other Soviet republics signed a treaty, creating the Soviet Union.
The first subway in the Orient was dedicated in Tokyo, Japan. Its last extension was added in 1980, making the Tokyo underground railroad network the sixth longest in the world at 135 miles. It is surpassed only by Washington, DC, London, New York, Paris and Moscow.
Rock `n' roll pioneer Bo Diddley born
Actor Jack Lord (Steve McGarrett-Hawaii 5-0, God's Little Acre) born
Singer Skeeter Davis born
The USSR bars food handouts for housewives under 36 years of age. They must now work to eat.
Sandy Koufax Dodger pitcher (Cy Young '63, '65, '66) born
The famous feud between Jack Benny and Fred Allen was ignited on this night. After a 10-year-old performer finished a violin solo on "The Fred Allen Show", Mr. Allen said, "A certain alleged violinist should hide his head in shame for his poor fiddle playing." It didn't take long for Mr. Benny to respond. The humorous feud lasted for years on both comedian's radio shows.
The United Auto Workers union staged its first "sit-down" strike, at the Fisher Body Plant Number One in Flint, Michigan.
Singer John Hartford born
Folk singer Paul Stookey born
Actor Joseph Bologna born
California's first freeway, the Arroyo Seco Parkway connecting Los Angeles and Pasadena, was officially opened.
TV director James Burrows born
Singer-guitarist Michael Nesmith born
Frank Sinatra opened at New York's Paramount Theatre for what was scheduled to be a 4-week engagement (his shows turned out to be so popular, he was booked for an additional 4 weeks).
King George the Second of Greece proclaimed a regency to rule his country, virtually renouncing the throne.
Singer Davy Jones (Monkees-Last Train to Clarksville) born
Rock singer-musician Jeff Lynne born
King Michael of Romania agreed to abdicate, but charged he was being forced off the throne by Communists.
Alfred Drake and Patricia Morrison starred as "Kiss Me Kate" opened at the New Century Theatre in New York City. Cole Porter composed the music for the classic play that was adapted from Shakespeare's comedy, "Taming of the Shrew".
Pearl Bailey opened on Broadway in the play, "House of Flowers", about two madams with rival bordellos.
Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph ("Moesha") born
Actress Patricia Kalember born
Country singer Suzy Bogguss born
NBC newscaster Matt Lauer born
Actress comedienne Tracey Ullman born
Singer Paul Crowder (The Adventures-Sea of Love) born
Ferdinand E. Marcos is sworn in as the Philippine Republic's sixth president.
Peter, Paul and Mary received a gold record for the single, "Leaving On a Jet Plane". The song had hit #1 on December 20, 1969.
Singer Jay Kay (Jamiroquai) born
Paul McCartney sued the other three Beatles to dissolve the partnership and gain control of his interest. The suit touched off a bitter feud between McCartney and the others, especially his co-writer on many of the Beatles compositions, John Lennon. The partnership officially came to end in 1974.
After two weeks of heavy bombing raids on North Vietnam, President Nixon halts the air offensive and agrees to resume peace negotiations with Hanoi representative Le Duc Tho.
Governor Carey of New York pardons seven inmates to close the book on the Attica uprising.
Actress Meredith Monroe ("Dawson's Creek") born
Ohio State dismisses Woody Hayes as its football coach.
The longest-running series in prime time television history was canceled by NBC. "The Wonderful World of Disney" was canceled after more than 25 years on TV.
Rachel & Ross Trudeau twins of Jane Pauley & Gerry Trudeau born
US begins Military exercises in Honduras
Manufacturers of all-terrain vehicles agreed to withdraw the three-wheel model from dealers' inventories, but stopped short of a recall, as demanded by groups who felt the ATV's were dangerous.
Forty-nine-year-old director Peter Bogdanovich weds twenty-year-old Louise Hoogstratten, the younger sister of his murdered fiance, Dorothy Stratten.
President Reagan and President-elect Bush were subpoenaed to testify as defense witnesses in the pending Iran-Contra trial of Oliver North. (The subpoenas, however, were subsequently quashed.)
A Northwest Airlines DC-10, which had been the target of a telephoned threat, flew safely from Paris to Detroit with 17 passengers aboard amid extra-tight security.
Iraq's information minister (Latif Nussayif Jassim) said President Bush "must have been drunk" when he suggested Iraq might withdraw from Kuwait, and added: "We will show the world America is a paper tiger."
President Bush embarked on the final foreign trip of his term in office, heading to a Black Sea summit with Russian President Boris Yeltsin, with a stopover in Somalia to visit US troops helping famine victims.
Israel and the Vatican agreed to recognize each other.
Hollywood agent Irving "Swifty" Lazar died in Beverly Hills, California, at age 86.
Israel and the Vatican agreed to recognize one another.
US Army helicopter pilot Bobby Hall walked to freedom 13 days after he was captured by North Korea in a shootdown that claimed the life of co-pilot David Hilemon.
A gunman walked into a pair of suburban Boston abortion clinics and opened fire, killing two employees and wounding five other people (John C. Salvi the Third was later convicted of murder; he committed suicide in prison)
A US military policeman, Martin John Begosh, became the first American injured in NATO's fledgling Bosnia peace mission when his Humvee hit an anti-tank mine.
About three dozen people were killed when a bomb exploded on an Indian commuter train; a militant group claimed responsibility.
The single deadliest massacre in Algeria's insurgency began in four mountain villages as armed men killed 412 men, women and children in an attack that lasted from dusk until dawn the following morning.
Weak but radiant with pride, Nkem Chukwu, the mother of the Houston octuplets, went home from the hospital.
Sarah "Sadie" Clark Knauss, listed by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest person with a verifiable date of birth, died in Allentown, Pennsylvania, at age 119.
Former Beatle George Harrison fought off a knife-wielding intruder who broke into his mansion west of London and stabbed him in the chest. (Michael Abram was later acquitted of attempted murder by reason of insanity.)
In Tampa, Florida, a gunman opened fire inside a hotel, killing four workers before shooting a fifth person dead as he tried to escape. (A suspect, Silvio Izquierdo-Leyva, has pleaded innocent.)
Australian refugee contractor accused of breaching its duty of care
Mario Draghi succeeds Antonio Fazio as Bank of Italy governor
Million Dollar Homepage is close to achieving million-dollar goal
United States Justice Department opens investigation into White House leaks
Bolivia's new president-elect brands Bush 'the only terrorist'
Distributed computing discovers largest known prime number
Teenager in Florida, United States skips school, goes to Iraq
Uproar over sexual EU spoof posters in Austria
Colorado College Tigers win 41st annual Great Lakes Invitational tournament
Al-Qaeda releases video of Sudanese hostages
Reasons for Litvinenko's conversion to Islam revealed
Christmas Island preparing for New Year
Explosion hits Madrid Airport's terminal 4
Putin's critic dismisses Kremlin's accusations in Litvinenko's case as 'science fiction'
Saddam Hussein executed by hanging
Hepatitis scare at New Zealand McDonald's restaurant
New England Patriots go undefeated in NFL regular season
Bilawal Bhutto, son of Benazir, to assume leadership of PPP
Jessica Alba anounces engagement to Cash Warren
Bangladesh elects new Prime Minister
UK hostage Peter Moore released in Iraq
Times Square shuts down due to suspicious vehicle
California congressman George Radanovich to leave office
Oldest duck in UK dies at age 22
Gary Megson sacked as manager of Bolton Wanderers F.C
Canadian Parliament suspended until March
Twenty dead after double suicide bombing in Iraq
Airline bombing suspect spent months in Yemen
'Very serious': Chinese government releases corruption report
US pool player Wade Crane dies in car accident age 66
Sergei Sidorsky replaced as Belarusian prime minister