Death of St. Agatho, Pope
Palermo, Sicily, taken by the Normans
Death of St. William Bourges
Monks of Paisley, in Scotland, chartered
Order of the Golden Fleece established by Phillip the Good, Duke of Burgundy
Sir Thomas Roe, first English ambassador to India, received by Jahangir, Moghul Emperor
Archbishop William Laud beheaded
Ethan Allen, Revolutionary War fighter (lead the Green Mountain Boys) born
"Common Sense" by political philosopher Thomas Paine was published. The pamphlet advocated independence from England.
On this day in 1796, Beethoven and Haydn performed together at a concert in Vienna.
The Penny Post mail system is started.
Florida seceded from the Union.
London's Metropolitan, the world's first underground passenger railway, opened to the public.
John D. Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil.
Frederick Gardner Cottrell, invented the elecrostatic precipitator, used for polution control and air ionizers. born
Silent screen actor Francis X. Bushman (The Rosary, Neptune's Daughter, The Thirteenth Man, Dick Tracy, Hollywood Boulevard, David and Bathsheba, Sabrina, The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini) born
Poet Robinson Jeffers born
The Automobile Club of America, installs signs on major highways.
Argentina bans the importation of American beef, because of sanitation problems.
Actor and dancer Ray Bolger (The Wizard of Oz) born
Two companies are convicted of holding an illegal monopoly on licorice paste, which is widely used as flavoring in cigars, cigarettes, and chewing tobacco.
Actor Paul Henreid (The Madwoman of Chaillot, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Deep in My Heart, Casablanca) born
Wilbur Wright appeals for tighter patent laws.
Major Jimmie Erickson shot the first photograph from an airplane whiles flying over San Diego, California.
The World's first flying-boat airplane, designed by Glenn Curtiss, makes its maiden flight at Hammondsport.
In Washington, the House passes suffrage (274-136)
The League of Nations came into being as the Treaty of Versailles went into effect. The United States did NOT join the League.
Jazz musician Max Roach born
Singer Johnnie Ray (Cry, Please, Mr. Sun, The Little White Cloud That Cried, Walkin' My Baby Back Home, Just Walking in the Rain) born
Singer Gisele (LaFleche) MacKenzie born
Author and illustrator Maurice Sendak ( Where the Wild Things Are) born
The Soviet Union ordered the exile of Leon Trotsky.
Nicholas Slominsky conducted "Three Places in New England" by Charles Ives. The Boston premiere featured Slominsky conducting the polyrhythmic parts with each hand defining a different beat.
Opera singer Sherrill Milnes born
Rock singer-musician Ronnie Hawkins born
Baseball Hall-of-Famer Willie McCovey born
U.S. Decathlon Olympic Gold Medalist 1968 Bill Toomey born
Singer Scott McKenzie born
Nazi planes attack 12 ships off the British coast; three sink and 35 are dead.
Movie director Walter Hill ("48 Hours") born
Singer and songwriter Jim Croce ( You Don't Mess Around with Jim, Time in a Bottle, Bad, Bad Leroy Brown, I've Got a Name born
President Franklin D. Roosevelt sailed from Miami, Florida to Trinidad to become the first American President to visit a foreign country during wartime.
Singer Frank Sinatra Junior born
The first meeting of the United Nations General Assembly was held in London.
The musical fantasy "Finian's Rainbow," with music by Burton Lane and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, opened on Broadway.
Rock singer-musician Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) born
Boxer George Foreman (oldest heavyweight champion at age 45 -- 11/5/94) born
The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) announced a new 7-inch, 45 rpm phonograph record. Soon, the 45, the record with the big hole in the middle, would change the pop music business.
Donald Howard Rogers piloted the first passenger jet on a trip from Chicago to New York City. He got to the Big Apple in one hour and 42 minutes.
Auto racer Bobby Raha born
Rock musician Michel Schenker (The Scorpions) born
Elvis Presley recorded his first tunes as an RCA Victor artist. Recording in Nashville, Elvis sang "Heartbreak Hotel", "I Was the One", "I'm Counting On You", "I Got a Woman" and "Money Honey."
Harold Macmillan became prime minister of Britain, following the resignation of Anthony Eden.
Rock singer-musician Curt Kirkwood (Meat Puppets) born
Rock singer Brad Roberts (Crash Test Dummies) born
Panama breaks ties with the U.S. and demands revision of canal treaty.
Actress Trini Alvarado (The Frighteners, Little Women, Stella, The Chair, Mrs. Soffel, Rich Kids) born
Massachusetts Republican Edward W. Brooke, the first black elected to the U-S Senate by popular vote, took his seat.
The final issue of "The Saturday Evening Post" appeared after 147 years of publication.
The Soviet Union launched two cosmonauts aboard a "Soyuz" capsule for a rendezvous with the "Salyut Six" space laboratory.
Rapper Chris Smith (Kris Kross) born
Actor Josh Ryan Evans born
The U.S. and the Vatican establish full diplomatic relations for the first time in 117 years.
The premiere recording of Frank Zappa's classical composition "The Perfect Stranger" was made by the Ensemble InterContemporain under the direction of Pierre Boulez. He claimed the composition was about a vacuum cleaner salesman visiting a housewife, as viewed by the dog.
Singer, Cyndi Lauper became the first female recording artist since Bobbie Gentry to be nominated for five Grammy Awards.
Saying he felt "just fine" after recent surgery, President Ronald Reagan warned Congress in his weekly radio address that he was ready to do battle over his new trillion-dollar budget.
Soviet media reported on an interview given to Chinese journalists by Mikhail S. Gorbachev, who praised the state of Sino-Soviet relations and called for a summit. (However, the Beijing government turned aside the summit call, saying Soviet-backed Vietnamese forces first had to withdraw from Cambodia.)
Cuba began withdrawing its troops from Angola, more than 13 years after its first contingents arrived.
Chinese Premier Li Peng lifted Beijing's seven-month-old martial law, and said that by crushing pro-democracy protests, the army had saved China from "the abyss of misery."
Five days before a UN deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait, peace efforts intensified, with UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar setting off on a mission aimed at averting war.
President George Bush returned home from his grueling 12-day journey to Australia, Singapore, South Korea and Japan, boasting of "dramatic progress" on trade issues.
An unidentified 62-year-old man at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center underwent the world's second baboon liver transplant; however, the man died less than a month later without regaining full consciousness.
On the first day of a two-day NATO summit in Belgium, leaders signed a document inviting nations of the former Warsaw Pact to join in a "partnership for peace."
Talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators resumed in Taba, Egypt.
In Manassas, Virginia, Lorena Bobbitt went on trial, charged with malicious wounding of her husband, John (she was acquitted by reason of temporary insanity).
Russia announced a 48-hour truce in breakaway Chechnya, but the cease-fire fell apart after only a few hours
President Clinton declared flood-stricken areas of California major disaster areas.
Russian troops allowed a convoy of Chechen rebels and 160 hostages to head for Chechnya, then surrounded them in the village of Pervomayskaya. (After a five-day standoff, Russian troops launched a massive military assault that resulted in the deaths of most of the rebels and some of the hostages.)
Dallas police ended their investigation into Dallas Cowboys stars Erik Williams and Michael Irvin, saying a woman's claim that Williams raped her while Irvin held a gun to her head was false.
Michelle Kwan won the ladies' US Figure Skating Championship in Philadelphia; Tara Lipinski came in second and Nicole Bobek, third.
In his weekly radio address, President Clinton denounced Chicago physicist Richard Seed's expressed desire to clone humans, calling it "morally unacceptable."
Republicans and Democrats disagreed over whether to call witnesses in President Clinton's impeachment trial, with Republicans pressing to hear testimony from Monica Lewinsky and others, and Democrats saying such testimony could unnecessarily prolong the proceedings.
America Online announced it was buying Time Warner for $162 billion.
Peace talks between Israel and Syria recessed in West Virginia without agreement on new borders or any other major elements of a land-for-peace treaty.
The White House revealed that Enron Corporation had sought the administration's help shortly before collapsing with the life savings of many workers.
Marines began flying hundreds of al-Qaida prisoners in Afghanistan to a U.S. base on Cuba.
Life discovered in extreme environment
Guatemala nominates Rigoberta MenchÃº for OAS Secretary General
Abbas wins election, offers Israel 'hand of peace'
CBS fires four in fake Bush story fallout
Radiobras Brazilian news agency moved to Free Software
Wells Fargo and Barclay's rumoured to be in merger talks
UK New Year's Day murder suspect jumps from seventh floor window
Cyclone Clare batters Western Australia
"Shock jock" Howard Stern makes his satellite radio debut
Annoying someone online becomes federal crime
Iran resumes nuclear research
FL professor & wife accused of spying for Cuba
Reporter abducted in Baghdad Saturday morning
Story of mouse burning down house proven false
4 injured when bus overturns in Charlotte, NC
Florida bank stand-off ends with hostages rescued
Murdoch's News Corp. Ends Automated Censorship of MySpace
Apple introduces iPhone and Apple TV
Nancy Pelosi (Democrat, 8th district Califorinia and 66-year-old grandmother) becomes the first woman elected speaker of the House of Representatives
Iranian news agency reports UFO has crashed in Kerman province
Teamsters Union comments on Tigger incident
Teamsters site suggests Tigger pardoned
Third Canadian found dead in Mexico
Air New Zealand movie censored the word God
Sudan adopts new currency
Gun scare at Concordia University, Montreal
Alabama father throws children in river
British troops may have received contaminated blood from American donors
Moderate earthquake strikes off the Oregon coast, US
Hollywood "Mayor" Johnny Grant dead at 84
At least 24 killed in suicide bombing in Pakistan
Major merger among American LGBT media outlets announced
MV Sirius Star oil tanker released by pirates
Mayor of Baltimore indicted on theft, perjury
Illinois House impeaches Blagojevich
Strongest earthquake in 150 years hits Costa Rica
Magazine closures, cuts, for January 5-9, 2009
Canadian trio claim South Pole record for trans-Antarctic trip
Two Palestinians reportedly shot dead by Israeli troops
China overtakes Germany as world's biggest exporter
Two charged in Heathrow bomb threat
U.S. Vice President Biden's mother dies, aged 92
US warns of attacks on Sudan-Uganda flights
6.5 magnitude earthquake hits off California coast
Two dead after building collapse in Kenya
Gordon Brown says the UK won't run out of gas
Adult H1N1 swine flu death takes Northern Ireland death toll to seventeen
Explosion in Afghanistan kills two
Two suspected rebels killed in gunfight with authorities in Kashmir
Chevron shuts down some oil production in Nigeria following attack
Oldest ex-Major League Baseball player, Billy Werber dies at age 100
Rapper Snoop Dogg arrested on cannabis charges
Needed rains blanket much of Texas, more expected, in early 2013