Pope Julius II, patron of Michelangelo, Bramante, Raphael born
The Pope sets severe penalties against German witches and magicians
King Manuel I orders the expulsion of all Jews from Portugal
Death of Francis II, King of France
Francis Drake raids Valparaisio, South America
The German composer Fasch died, while Mozart was still a child. Fasch's music fits in that fuzzy period between the very late Baroque and the earlier days of Haydn.
The first scholastic fraternity in America, Phi Beta Kappa, was organized at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
The first native US president, Martin Van Buren, was born in Kinderhook, New York.
Martin Van Buren, eighth president of the United States 1837-1841. born
Mozart died at one o'clock in the morning. His friend Sussmayr wrote that shortly before Mozart had leafed through his own Requiem and said, "Didn't I tell you I wrote this for myself?" He was 35.
George Washington was re-elected president; John Adams was re-elected vice president.
``Symphonie Fantastique'' was premiered on this day in . Hector Berlioz was on stage as timpanist.
General George A. Custer born
President James Polk confirmed the discovery of gold in California, leading to the "gold rush" of 1848 and '49.
In the U.S. Congress, petitions and bills calling for the abolition of slavery are introduced.
The Stillson wrench was patented by D.C. Stillson of Somerville, MA this day it is a pipe wrench.
Film director Fritz Lang. born
Phillip K. Wrigley (corporate executive born
South Carolina Senator, Strom Thurmond. born
Otto Preminger (director born
Numerals were used on football uniforms worn by college football players. The University of Pittsburgh (Panthers) proudly displayed their new numbers in a game with Washington and Jefferson.
David Lloyd George replaces Herbert Asquith as the British Prime Minister.
Composer musician Don Robertson born
Actree Maggie (Margaret) Hayes born
Leos Janacek's "Glagolitic Mass" was premiered.
German physicist Albert Einstein was granted a visa, making it possible for him to travel to the United States.
Singer 'Little' Richard (Pennimann) ( Good Golly Miss Molly, Tutti Frutti) born
Auto racer Jim Hurtubise born
National Prohibition came to an end as Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, repealing the 18th Amendment.
Actor singer Larry Kert born
Author Joan Didion (Run River) born
Author Calvin Trillin born
Bing Crosby took over as host of "The Kraft Music Hall" this day. Jimmy Dorsey (who would later be host, himself) led the Kraft Orchestra.
Auto racer J.D. (John Delphus) McDuffie born
Pop singer Jim Messina (Your Mama Don't Dance) born
Football quarterback Jim Plunkett born
The first church service in sign language for the hearing impaired was broadcast from St. Matthew's Lutheran Church for the Deaf in Jamaica, Long Island. WPIX-TV, Channel 11 in New York aired the telecast.
Hockey player Fred O'Donnell born
PGA champion golfer Lanny Wadkins born
Defensive tackle Steve Furness born
The first push button-controlled garage opened in Washington, DC this day. A single attendant, without entering a car, could automatically park or return an auto in less than a minute.
Actress Morgan Brittany born
"The Abbott and Costello Show" started a 52-episode, syndicated run on TV this day. Comedians Bud Abbott and Lou Costello became such big hits that those same 52 episodes were run over and over on local and network TV for years.
Mutual Radio broadcast "The Green Hornet" for the final time this day. The show left the air after 15 years on Mutual, NBC and ABC. "The Green Hornet" reappeared in 1966; this time on TV.
The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged to form the AFL-CIO under its first president, George Meany.
A bus boycott begins under the leadership of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Montgomery, Alabama.
Actress Carrie Hamilton born
Country singer Ty England born
Rock singer-musician John Rzeznick (The Goo Goo Dolls) born
Country singer Gary Allan born
Comedian-actress Margaret Cho born
More than a dozen people were killed when a car bomb shattered a nine-story apartment building in mostly Muslim west Beirut, Lebanon.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, at age 37, was the oldest player in the National Basketball Association. He decided to play just one more year by signing with the Los Angeles Lakers for $2 million this day. Other NBA greats who played for 16 seasons include John Havlicek of Boston, Dolph Shayes of Philadelphia, Paul Ilas of Seattle and Elvin Hayes of Houston.
Iran's official news agency quoted the hijackers of a Kuwaiti jetliner parked at Tehran airport as saying they would blow up the plane unless Kuwait released 14 imprisoned extremists.
Walter Pleate, the nation's oldest military veteran, died at the age of 108. He was one of a dozen living veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898).
Actor Frankie Muniz ("Malcolm in the Middle") born
On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose above 1,500 for the first time, then fell back to end the day at 1,482.91.
The Soviet Union said it would continue to abide by the SALT II treaty limits on nuclear weapons despite the decision by the United States to exceed them, but warned that Washington was making a big mistake.
FBI agents searched a federal prison where Cuban inmates had peacefully ended an eleven-day hostage siege the day before. The agents reported finding bottle bombs and thousands of homemade machetes, but no booby-traps or bodies.
A federal grand jury in North Carolina indicted PTL founder Jim Bakker and former aide Richard Dortch on fraud and conspiracy charges. (Bakker was convicted of all counts; Dortch pleaded guilty to four counts and cooperated with prosecutors in exchange for a lighter sentence.)
East Germany's former leaders, including ousted Communist Party chief Erich Honecker, were placed under house arrest.
Israeli soldiers killed five heavily armed Arab guerrillas who crossed the border from Egypt, reportedly to launch a terrorist attack commemorating the anniversary of the Palestinian uprising.
The State Department said Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had accepted the idea of direct high-level U.S.-Iraqi talks to resolve the Gulf crisis.
President Bush, on a visit to Argentina, said he was "not optimistic" that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein would withdraw from Kuwait without a fight.
Richard Speck, who murdered eight student nurses in Chicago in 1966, died a day short of his 50th birthday.
British media magnate Robert Maxwell disappeared while on his yacht off the Canary Islands.
Samuel K. Skinner was named White House chief of staff by President Bush, succeeding John H. Sununu.
Russian President Boris Yeltsin narrowly kept the power to appoint Cabinet ministers, defeating a constitutional amendment that would have put his team of reformers under the control of Russia's Congress.
A Palestinian boarded a bus and opened fire with an assault rifle in the first major attack in Israel since the signing of a peace pact with the PLO; the gunman killed a reservist before being gunned down.
Newt Gingrich was elected the first Republican speaker of the House in four decades.
President Clinton, on a whirlwind visit to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Budapest, Hungary, urged European leaders to "prevent future Bosnias."
Former South Korean president Roh Tae-woo, four aides and a dozen top businessmen were indicted in a bribes-for-favors scandal.
President Clinton announced the foreign policy team for his second term, including Madeleine Albright as the first female secretary of state; William Cohen as defense secretary; and Anthony Lake as CIA director.
In the first hint of movement at the budget talks, White House officials and Democratic congressional leaders said they were preparing a seven-year budget-balancing plan.
The World Trade Organization rejected American claims that the Fuji film company had conspired with the Japanese government to keep Eastman Kodak products out of Japan.
The space shuttle "Columbia" returned from a 16-day mission that had been marred by the bungled release of a satellite.
James P. Hoffa claimed the Teamsters presidency after challenger Tom Leedham conceded defeat in the union's presidential election.
Former Senator Albert Gore Sr., father of the vice president, died at his home in Carthage, Tennessee; he was 90.
AFL-CIO chief John Sweeney welcomed the collapse of World Trade Organization talks in Seattle and the failure to agree on a new round of negotiations, telling CBS' "Face the Nation," "No deal is better than a bad deal."
Cuban President Fidel Castro demanded that the United States return 5-year-old Elian Gonzalez, who was rescued at sea, to his father in Cuba within 72 hours.
Business Briefs for December 5, 2005
New bird flu outbreaks reported in Europe
H.H. Prince Karim Aga Khan IV visits Pakistan
UN accuses US of wholesale rights violations in Iraq
New Zealand runs low on 20 cent coins
Clinton meetings fuel speculation over presidential bid
Australia wins dramatic second Ashes Test
BSE Sensex hits all-time high of 14,000
Prime Minister Blair flies to Washington
NASA unveils plans for moon base
Chess champion is "Fritzed" by computer
Former Senator John Edwards takes major step towards running for U.S. president
Court finds South Yorkshire Chief Constable guilty of speeding
US military confirms authenticity of Standard Operating Procedures for Guantanamo Bay
Taiwanese consumer laptop market faces change following ASUStek winning sustainability award
Former 'Top Model' contestant Whitney Cunningham defends plus size models, celebrates the "regular woman"
American poker player Chip Reese dies at age 56
Taiwanese coalitions argue over ex-President's monument
Opening positions spark debate at Global Climate Change Conference
US Senate committee investigates credit card practices
Bayern defender Ismael set to join Hanover
GOES-12 weather satellite fails during adjustment
US Supreme Court considers appeal from foreign terrorist suspects
Nine killed in Omaha, Nebraska mall shooting
Study finds burning your food could cause some cancers
BC design club president comments on Olympic mascots; sales brisk
"Dead" canoeist arrested after being missing for over 5 years
Lockerbie convict's family among protesters for justice in Edinburgh
Solar car travels around the world
Canadian Parliament suspended until late January
Car bomb kills seventeen in Pakistan
University's lion mascot out like a lamb after DUI
US November job losses reach 34-year high
Professional wrestler Eddie Fatu dies age 36
State of the health care system in Sierra Leone critical
Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Russian actor most famous for Stirlitz, dies at 81
Final draw sets groups for FIFA World Cup 2010
Much of inland New South Wales, Australia affected by flooding
UK Parliament to vote on tuition fee rise on Thursday
Human Rights Watch report talks of South Africa's LGBT people 'in constant fear'
Scotland: Northern Constabulary launch murder investigation over teen death
Finnish trio shot dead in Brazil
Gbagbo appears at international court for alleged crimes against humanity
UK police charge presenter Stuart Hall over indecent assault allegations
Clashes in Egypt between supporters and opponents of president Morsi turn deadly
Copper Mountain and Vail face poor snow conditions ahead of IPC Nor-Am Cup