Death of Edward, "the Confessor," King of England
Acession of Pope Gregory XI
Ferdinand of Hapsburg elected King of the Romans
Alessandro de Medici, Duke of Florence, assassinated
Francisco SuÝrez, Granada, Spain, philosopher, theologian born
Elijah b. Asher Levita, author of 1st printed Yiddish book, dies
Death of Catherine de Medici, Queen of France at age 69.
Shah Jahan, Moghul emperor of India, builder of Taj Mahal born
Zebulon Pike, discoverer of Pike's Peak in Colorado born
Stephen Decatur, U.S. naval hero in the War of 1812. born
A British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burned Richmond, Virginia.
Agriculturist Edmund Ruffin. He was one of the originators of crop rotation and fertilization born
King Camp Gillette, inventor of the safety razor born
American clergyman, author, and educator Henry Sloane Coffin born
The composer Nicolai Medtner born
The hamburger first appears on a restaurant menu in Walla Walla, Washington.
Balloonist Jeannette Piccard She was the first American woman to be a free balloon pilot. With her husband she set a record for balloon ascent into stratosphere of 57,579 feet in 1934. She was also one of first women to be Episcopalian priest. born
French Captain Alfred Dreyfus, convicted of treason, was publicly stripped of his rank. (He was ultimately vindicated.)
An Austrian newspaper ("Wiener Presse") reported the discovery by German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen of a type of radiation that came to be known as "X-rays."
American Marines arrive in Seoul, Korea to guard U.S. legation there.
American jazz cornet player Wild Bill Davison born
The U.S. Navy asks Congress to fund the construction of new battleships capable of carrying eight 14-inch guns.
Ford Motor Co. increased its daily wage from $2.34 for a nine-hour day to $5.00 for eight hours of work.
The National Socialist (Nazi) Party was formed in Germany.
George Herman ``Babe'' Ruth is traded to the New York Yankees by the Boston Red Sox for a record $125,000.
GOP women demand equal representation at the Republican National Convention in June.
Swiss playwright and novelist Friedrich Durrenmatt ( ``The Visit'' and ``The Physicists.'' ) born
Wagner's "Die Walkyrie" opens in Paris. This is the first German opera performed in Paris since the beginning of WWI.
Sun Records founder Sam Phillips born
The Senate debates the benefits of Peyote for the American Indian.
Nellie T. Ross succeeded her late husband as governor of Wyoming, becoming the first female governor in U-S history.
Walter Mondale, 42nd Vice President of the U.S. born
Paul Wittgenstein rehearsed Ravel's left-handed piano concerto on this day. The public premiere would be tomorrow. Wittgenstein lost his right arm in World War One but was determined to continue his concertizing career anyway.
American dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey born
Actor Robert Duvall (Tender Mercies, A Family Thing, Stalin, A Show of Force, Days of Thunder, Colors, The Natural, True Confessions, Apocalypse Now, Network, The Godfather, M*A*S*H, True Grit, Countdown) born
Football Hall-of-Fame coach Chuck Noll born
The 30th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, died in Northampton, Massachusetts, at age 60.
In San Francisco, construction begins on the Golden Gate Bridge.
Juan Carlos I, King of Spain born
Football Hall of famer- Jim Otto born
FM radio is first demonstrated.
Talk show host Charlie Rose born
Educator and scientist George Washington Carver died in Tuskegee, Alabama, at age 81.
Actress Diane Keaton born
Great Britain nationalizes its coal mines.
Alfred Kinsey's ``Sexual Behavior in the Human Male'' is published.
Rhythm-and-blues musician George "Funky" Brown (Kool and the Gang) born
In his State of the Union address, President Truman labeled his administration the "Fair Deal."
Churchill arrives in Washington to confer with Truman.
Actress Pamela Sue Martin born
Rock musician Kate Schellenbach (Luscious Jackson) born
President Nixon appoints Henry Cabot Lodge as negotiator at the Paris Peace Talks.
Rock singer Marilyn Manson born
Joseph A. Yablonski, an unsuccessful candidate for the presidency of the United Mine Workers, was found murdered with his wife and daughter at their Clarksville, Pennsylvania, home.
Nixon names Robert Dole as chairman of the Republican National Party.
President Nixon ordered development of the space shuttle
A Federal judge voids a state law requiring balanced classroom treatment of evolution and creationism.
President Ronald Reagan underwent prostate surgery at Bethesda Naval Hospital, one day after four small polyps were removed from his colon. Doctors reported no signs of cancer.
Basketball star "Pistol" Pete Maravich dies of a heart attack during a pickup game in Pasadena, California, at age 40.
The UN Security Council voted unanimously to ask Israel not to deport Palestinians from the occupied territories in the first
China said a new round of tests indicated the Chinese mainland was free of the deadly "bird flu" virus that has sparked a mass slaughter of poultry in Hong Kong.
Lawrence E. Walsh, the special prosecutor in the Iran-Contra case, asked for a dismissal of two charges against Oliver North, citing the Reagan administration's refusal to release material sought by North.
President Bush told a news conference the United States had a "strong" case against deposed Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega, and said he was convinced Noriega would receive a fair trial in the US on drug-trafficking charges.
President Bush met at Camp David, Maryland, with UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar to discuss the Persian Gulf crisis. The same day, a pretaped radio address by Bush was broadcast in which the president warned Iraq: "Time is running out."
"Canzona," by the Polish composer Tadeusz Baird, was played by the Chicago Symphony for the first time. Daniel Barenboim led the orchestra in the Tchaikovsky Fifth Symphony and Scirabin's Piano Concerto in F-sharp minor. The soloist was Dmitri Bashkirov.
A Liberian-registered tanker ran aground in Scotland's Shetland Islands, spilling more than 24 million gallons of light crude oil.
The 103rd Congress convened.
The state of Washington executed Westley Allan Dodd, an admitted child sex killer, in America's first legal hanging since 1965.
The Clinton administration said North Korea had agreed to allow renewed international inspections of seven nuclear sites.
Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, former speaker of the US House of Representatives, died in Boston at age 81.
President Clinton received Republican congressional leaders at the White House, declaring that "we can do a lot of business together" on reforming the way government works
Lawyers for Hillary Rodham Clinton released sought-after billing records that were discovered the day before in a White House office.
The longest government shutdown ends after 21 days when Congress passed a stopgap spending measure that would allow federal employees to return to work. President Clinton signed the bill the next day.
Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama resigned.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat held a secret, predawn summit, but fell short of agreement on the issues holding up an Israeli troop withdrawal from Hebron.
Sonny Bono, the 1960's pop star-turned-politician, was killed when he struck a tree while skiing in South Lake Tahoe, California; he was 62.
An Australian cancer specialist said there might be a link between brain tumors and mobile phones, but the country's major telephone company Telstra rejected his offer of a detailed study. In a letter in Monday's Medical Journal of Australia, Dr. Andrew Davidson said statistics charted a 50% rise in the incidence of brain tumors in Western Australia state between 1982 and 1992.
American millionaire Steve Fossett abandoned his third attempt to become the first man to fly round the world non-stop in a balloon and landed safely in the southern Russian region of Krasnodar. "I decided I needed to land because my equipment was not going to make it round the world," the lone 53-year-old adventurer said after he had brought his towering balloon Solo Spirit down to earth.
Bangladesh's coldest weather in 5 years killed at 58 or more people, many of them street sleepers, and threatened thousands of other homeless. Most of the deaths were reported from northern districts where temperatures dropped to 4 degrees Celsius, the lowest in 5 years. Unofficial sources put the death toll at nearly 150 in less than 2 weeks.
The jury considering a sentence for Terry Nichols in the Oklahoma City bombing trial ended its first day of deliberations without reaching a decision on the fate of the convicted conspirator. The jury convicted Nichols of conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter for the April 19, 1995 the previous month. Nichols's attorneys implored the jury the sentence not be based upon vengeance. The government called for his execution.
Four US Air Force and Navy jets fired on -- and missed -- four Iraqi MiGs testing the "no-fly" zone over southern Iraq in the first such air confrontation in more than six years
Touching off angry protests by Cuban-Americans in Miami, the US government decided to send six-year-old Elian Gonzalez back to Cuba. (After a legal battle, and the seizure of Elian from the home of his US relatives, the boy was returned to Cuba in June.)
Democratic presidential candidates Al Gore and Bill Bradley engaged in a feisty debate in Durham, New Hampshire.
Italy's foreign minister, Renato Ruggiero, resigned after a spat with Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi over the government's lukewarm reception of the euro.
Charles Bishop, a 15-year-old student pilot, deliberately crashed a small plane into a skyscraper in Tampa, Florida, killing himself.
Teen post officer hides 400 New Year cards in Japanese snow
Deaths on South African roads at 1215 for December 2005
VP Cheney role surfaces in U.S. domestic spying
Microsoft releases emergency patch for WMF exploit
Turkish teenager dies from bird flu
Building collapses in Mecca at eve of Hajj pillgrimage
Texas defeats USC in Rose Bowl
Australian Labor Party announces new Climate Change Policy
Saginaw Spirit victorious in first home shootout
Indonesian passenger plane crashes in mountains
FBI details chief justice's prescription drug trouble
Report: 50,000 American casualties in Iraq
Egypt announces Internet crime initiative
Ethics debate surrounds surgery to stunt disabled girl's growth
US nuclear security director asked to resign
Canada wins gold at IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
Record low amount of organs donated in New Zealand
Extremist group claims responsibility for killing of American diplomat in Sudan
Kucinich suggests tonight's Democratic debate unfair, files FCC charges versus ABC
Dakar Rally cancelled over terrorist threat
Nevada, Northern California struck by massive storm
Childhood pneumonia can be cured at home
Former Indonesian president, Suharto in critical condition
Baby attacked by dog in New York
Queen voted Britain's greatest band
Lakota Freedom Delegation says spokesman Russell Means 'hijacked' organization
President Bush urges progress on Palestinian state
Female suicide bomber kills 40 Shi'ite pilgrims at Baghdad shrine
Protester killed in West Bank; world reacts to Gaza conflict
Helicopter crash kills eight, injures one in Louisiana
Imperial College London geology students fined in China for "illegal map-making"
UN warns of humanitarian crisis in Gaza
Airport security tightened worldwide
Suicide bomber at US base in Afghanistan was al-Qaeda double agent
US Secret Service discovers third uninvited guest at White House dinner
Mitt Romney wins Iowa Caucus by eight votes over surging Rick Santorum
Church of England to allow celibate gay bishops