Coronation of Louis II, "the Stammerer," as King of France
Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots born
Christina, Queen of Sweden born
John Pym, English Parliamentary statesman, dies
Christina becomes first Queen Regnant of Sweden
Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin born
George Washington's retreating army in the American Revolution crossed the Delaware River from New Jersey to Pennsylvania.
Beethoven's Seventh Symphony premiered with something of an all-star orchestra. Playing in it were Salieri, Spohr, Romberg, Moscheles, Hummel, and just about any other Viennese musician whose name is still remembered today.
Pope Pius the Ninth proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.
The American Bible Society announces that it will be distribute 7,000 Bibles a day to Union soldiers.
General Motors founder William Durant born
President Lincoln announced his plan for the Reconstruction of the South.
Jean Sibelius, major Scandinavian composer. born
Delegates from 25 unions founded the American Federation of Labor, forerunner of the modern AFL-CIO, in Columbus, Ohio.
Fashion designer Adele Simpson (Smithline) born
Singer-songwriter Floyd Tillman born
Sibelius's Fifth Symphony premiered, his 50th birthday. He would revise it before publishing, however. The Fifth has turned out to be Sibelius's most popular symphony, with its cold brass chords, its fanfare finale, and those bizarre fortes at the end.
Movie director Richard Fleischer ("Tora! Tora! Tora!") born
President Wilson declines to send a representative to the League of Nations in Geneva.
James B. Duke offers $40 million toward the founding of Duke University in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Jazz organist Jimmy Smith (Walk on the Wild Side) born
Entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. (The Candy Man, What Kind of Fool Am I, Faraway Places; member: The Rat Pack) born
Actor-director Maximilian Schell born
Comedian Flip (Clerow) Wilson born
Actor David Carradine born
Actor James MacArthur born
Flute player James Galway was born in Belfast. Galway was a principal flute player with the Berlin Philharmonic before launching his solo career. born
The day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Congress granted President Roosevelt a declaration of war against Japan. The United States had finally entered World War II.
Ray Eberle and the Modernaires teamed with the Glenn Miller Orchestra to record "Moonlight Cocktail" on Bluebird Records. By April, 1942, the song was a solid hit.
Pop musician Bobby Elliott (The Hollies) born
Rock musician Jim Morrison born
The U.S. conducts the longest most effective air raid of the Pacific battle at Iwo Jima.
Actor John Rubenstein born
Rock singer-musician Gregg Allman born
Rock singer-musician Ray Shulman (Gentle Giant) born
The Chinese Nationalist government, defeated by the Communists, retreated from the mainland to the island of Taiwan.
One of America's classic Broadway plays, "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," debuted. It began its long run at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. Carol Channing starred in the musical and charmed audiences with the show's songs such as her trademark signature, "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend."
Actress Kim Basinger born
Los Angeles became the third largest city in the U.S.
Rock musician Warren Cuccurullo (Duran Duran) born
Alfred E. Neuman (What, me worry?") first appeared on the cover of Mad Magazine. He even got some votes in the Presidential election, which was won by Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Rock musician Phil Collen (Def Leppard) born
Country singer Marty Raybon (Shenandoah) born
"Surfin'" by the Beach Boys - their first record - was released on Candix Records. It became a local hit in Los Angeles but only made it to #75 nationally. The surfin' music craze didn't take hold across America for another year.
Rock musician Marty Friedman (Megadeth) born
Striking workers of the International Typographical Union closed nine New York City newspapers. The strike lasted 114 days and didn't end until April 1, 1963. A total of 5,700,000 readers were affected by the shutdown.
Actor Malcolm Gets ("Caroline in the City") born
Frank Sinatra Jr. was kidnapped in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. He was set free four days later. It was discovered that Sinatra, Jr. cooperated with his abductors in their plot.
Actress Teri Hatcher born
Rapper Bushwick Bill (The Geto Boys) born
Singer Sinead O'Connor born
Actor Matthew Laborteaux born
Rock musician Ryan Newell (Sister Hazel) born
Golda Meir, prime minister of Israel from 1969 to 1974, died in Jerusalem at age 80.
Rock star John Lennon was shot to death outside his New York City apartment building by an apparently deranged fan.
Amtrak's last transcontinental sleeping car, which carried passengers coast-to-coast without requiring them to board a connecting train, pulled into New York's Pennsylvania Station four days after leaving Los Angeles.
House Democrats selected majority leader Jim Wright to be the chamber's 48th speaker: succeeding Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill.
The "intefadeh" (Arabic for uprising) by Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied territories began.
President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed a treaty under which the superpowers agreed to destroy their arsenals of intermediate-range nuclear missiles.
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev cut short his US visit in order to return home following a killer earthquake in Armenia.
Communist leaders in Czechoslovakia offered to surrender their control over the government and accept a minority role in a coalition Cabinet.
As former American hostages began leaving Iraq and occupying Kuwait, President Bush - wrapping up his South American tour in Caracas, Venezuela - said the evacuation made for "one less worry I've got" in deciding whether to fight Baghdad
Russia, Byelorussia and Ukraine declared the Soviet national government dead, forging a new alliance to be known as the Commonwealth of Independent States.
AIDS patient Kimberly Bergalis, who had contracted the disease from her dentist, died in Fort Pierce, Florida, at age 23.
Americans got to see live television coverage of US troops landing on the beaches of Somalia as Operation Restore Hope began (because of the time difference, it was early December ninth in Somalia).
President Clinton signed into U-S law the North American Free Trade Agreement, which went into effect at the start of 1994.
In Los Angeles, 12 alternate jurors were chosen for the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
Bosnian Serbs released dozens of hostage peacekeepers, but continued to detain about 300 others.
Four months after the death of founder Jerry Garcia, "The Grateful Dead" announced it was breaking up after 30 years of making music.
In New York, an arsonist killed seven workers and himself at a Harlem clothing store that had been the target of a racially charged lease dispute.
The Serbian Supreme Court ruled against opposition parties who said Slobodan Milosevic had robbed them of an election victory in Belgrade. director.
Federal hearings opened in Baltimore into the TWA Flight 800 disaster which had claimed 230 lives. In a $25 billion deal, Swiss Bank and Union Bank of Switzerland announced they would merge, forming Europe's largest and world's second largest bank.
The Supreme Court ruled that police cannot search people and their cars after merely ticketing them for routine traffic violations.
San Francisco and several suburbs suffered a power blackout; it was more than seven hours before electricity was fully restored.
Struggling to stave off impeachment, President Clinton's defenders forcefully pleaded his case before the House Judiciary Committee.
A Memphis, Tennessee, jury hearing a lawsuit filed by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s family found that the civil rights leader had been the victim of a vast murder conspiracy, not a lone assassin.
A Russian diplomat was ordered to leave the United States after he was allegedly caught gathering information from the State Department with an eavesdropping device.
Opposition motions in Australian House of Representatives attempts to bring Government to account on last sitting day of year
Voluntary student unionism bill passes Australian House of Representatives, enters Senate
Business Brief for December 8, 2005
Australian government paves way for nuclear waste dump in Northern Territory
USA under pressure at climate talks
Schwarzenegger heads back to work after feeling ill, being hospitalized
Baseball: Nationals get Soriano from Rangers for Wilkerson, Sledge, prospect
Council of Europe planning to use satellite images in prisons probe
The 2006 Winter Olympics torch reaches Rome
Southwest Airlines flight skids off runway at Chicago's Midway
Haitian Supreme Court rules Simeus eligible
New Zealand National party: "TVNZ must explain coup threat coverage"
Boil water advisory lifted in Vancouver
Fiji suspended from Commonwealth
Bush reacts to the Iraq Study Report
Two Buffalo, New York police officers shot while on duty
Massive oil spill reported off coast of South Korea
Forest preservation plan debated at climate talks
Sean Penn endorses Kucinich for US President
Africa-Europe summit opens with pledges of equal partnership
UK firemen cut metal ring from man's penis
5 reporters hurt in conflict over ex-President's monument in Taiwan
US lawmakers and rights advocates question CIA tape destruction
Australian PM announces public affairs channel
New Zealand Parliament reconvenes after election
US F-18 fighter jet crashes in San Diego residential area
Wikimedia, IWF respond to block of Wikipedia over child pornography allegations
Details emerge of Honda's withdrawal from Formula One
School stampede in China kills eight, injures dozens more
Copenhagen climate conference opens
Uganda introduces anti-homosexual legislation
Bomb blasts in Pakistan kill fifty
WHO: 36 million cured of tuberculosis in last fifteen years
Bombings kill over 100 in Baghdad
Walt Disney World twinned with Swindon, England
Huge fire in Chilean jail kills 81; 21 injured
US federal judge dismisses targeted killing lawsuit
Montana judge frees Barry Beach pending homicide retrial
What's eating you? US study highlights bedbug incest
'There's been another murder': UK's Wright Stuff presenter apologises for teen murder comments
Solicitor of presenter Stuart Hall denies indecent assault
Hillary Clinton condemns violence in Northern Ireland