Death of Pope Boniface III
Cnut the Great, Viking king of Denmark, England, Norway and parts of Sweden, dies.
Death of Duncan II, King of Scotland
The Papal Commission investigating the Templars is seated
Paracelsus, Switzerland, physician, alchemist born
Death of Sir John Hawkins
John Bunyan was arrested for unlicensed preaching. He was imprisoned for 12 years
French physicist Jacques Charles born
The German poet and dramatist Freidrich von Schiller
Beethoven's mom and dad married. Ludwig would arrive three years and four weeks later.
Women's suffrage activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton born
Alexander Borodin was born, the love child of a Russian prince. Borodin produced Symphony No. 1 which was performed three years after that. This is an underrated work whose first movement turns a slow and somber opening idea into an upbeat and happy main theme. born
The French sculptor Auguste Rodin (The Thinker.) born
At the Cirque Napolon in Paris, Jules Lotard, who was billed as "the daring young man on the flying trapeze," made his dbut.
Sun Yat-sen, father of modern China born
The first professional football game was played in Pittsburgh, between the Allegheny Athletic Association and the Pittsburgh Athletic Club.
American evangelist Dwight Lyman Moody, 62, began his last evangelistic campaign in Kansas City, Missouri. Becoming ill during the last service, Moody was unable to complete his message, and died a short time later, on Dec 22.
Actor (Lewis Offield) Jack Oakie (Lover Come Back, The Rat Race, Song of the Islands, Tin Pan Alley, The Texas Rangers) born
Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun born
Theodore W. Richards, of Harvard University, became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry.
Actor Richard Quine (Babes on Broadway, For Me and My Gal, director: The World of Suzy Wong, Bell Book and Candle, Hour to Murder Your Wife, Sex and the Single Girl) born
Singer Jo Stafford (Shrimp Boats [Are A-Comin', There's Dancin' Tonight], Jambalaya, Long Ago and Far Away, No Other Love, Candy, You Belong to Me, Make Love to Me) born
Bbaseball got its first "czar" as Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was elected commissioner of the American and National Leagues.
Representatives of nine nations gathered for the start of the Washington Conference for Limitation of Armaments.
Actor (Michael Harrison) Sunset Carson (Stage Door Canteen, Rio Grande Raiders, Alias Billy the Kid) born
Actress (Janet Cole) Kim Hunter (A Streetcar Named Desire, Requiem for a Heavyweight, Planet of the Apes series, The Edge of Night, Backstairs at the White House) born
Louis Armstrong recorded "My Heart" (one of his first recordings), starting a career that brought him worldwide fame.
New Yorks Holland Tunnel officially opens.
Canada is admitted to the League of Nations.
Josef Stalin became the undisputed ruler of the Soviet Union as Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party.
The ocean liner Vestris sinks off the Virginia Cape with 328 aboard, killing 111.
Princess Grace of Monaco, the former American movie star Grace Kelly (The Country Girl, To Catch a Thief, High Society, High Noon, Rear Window, Dial "M" for Murder) born
Actress Ann Flood (The Edge of Night) born
The first known photo of Loch Ness monster is taken.
American playwright Eugene O'Neill was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Ruby Nash Curtis (Ruby and the Romantics) born
Walt Disney released "Fantasia". One critic called the film, "as terrific as anything that has ever happened on the screen."
The German army's drive to take Moscow was halted on the city's outskirts in World War II.
The World War Two naval Battle of Guadalcanal began. (The Americans ended up winning a major victory over the Japanese.)
Rhythm-and-blues singer Jimmy Hayes (Persuasions) born
Actor-playwright Wallace Shawn born
Singer Brian Hyland (Sealed with a Kiss, Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini, Let Me Belong to You) born
Pro Football Hall of Famer Ken Houston born
Rock musician Booker T. Jones (Booker T. & the MGs) born
Singer-songwriter Neil Young (Only Love Can Break Your Heart, Heart of Gold, Philadelphia, group: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) born
The first drive-up banking facility opened at the Exchange National Bank in Chicago, Illinois. There were 10 teller windows with slide-out drawers.
Pro Football Hall of Famer Cliff Harris born
Former Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and several other World War Two Japanese leaders were sentenced to death by a war crimes tribunal.
Country singer Barbara Fairchild (The Teddy Bear Song, Kid Stuff) born
Ellis Island closed after processing more than 20 million immigrants since opening in New York Harbor in 1892.
Coronation of Lothair as King of France
Olympic gold medal gymnast Nadia Comaneci born
Rock musician David Ellefson (Megadeth) born
Actor David Schwimmer born
Pearl Bailey took over the lead in the Broadway musical, "Hello Dolly" on this day. 'Pearlie Mae' was a smash hit in the role.
U.S. Supreme Court voids an Arkansas law banning the teaching of evolution in public schools.
After a successful London run, Anthony Quayle starred in the Broadway opening of "Sleuth" this day.
Figure skater Tonya Harding born
President Richard Nixon announces the withdrawal of about 45,000 U.S. troops from Vietnam by February. While the military is responsible for fighting a war, its civilian superiors not only wage war but also determine how it will be fought.
Actress Angela Watson ("Step By Step") born
Singer Tevin Campbell born
The US space probe "Voyager One" came within 77,000 miles of Saturn.
Yuri V. Andropov was elected to succeed the late Leonid I. Brezhnev as general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party's Central Committee.
Lionel Richie began the first of four consecutive weeks on top of the music charts as "All Night Long (All Night)" became the most popular song in the U.S..
President Ronald Reagan, having concluded a visit to Japan, arrived in South Korea, where he addressed the nation's parliament, telling its members, "America is your friend and we are with you."
Spacewalker Joseph Allen became the first astronaut to rescue a satellite as the "Discovery" space shuttle made a $35 million rescue. When capturing the wayward satellite, Allen might have told mission control, "Hey, I can see HBO in here! The Movie Channel, too! And, look, there's Showtime! Way cool!" The Palapa B-2 satellite was secured in Discovery's cargo bay for return to Earth.
Arthur James Walker, a retired Navy lieutenant commander, was sentenced in Norfolk, Virginia, to life in prison for his role in a spy ring run by his brother, John A. Walker Jr.
Xavier Suarez was elected Miami's first Cuban-American mayor.
Iran's U.N. ambassador, Said Rajaie-Khorassani, denied his government had arranged for the release of hostages in Lebanon in exchange for U.S.-made arms.
Boris Yeltsin is fired as head of the Moscows Communist party for criticizing the slow pace of reform.
The American Medical Association issued a policy statement saying it was unethical for a doctor to refuse to treat someone solely because that person had AIDS or was HIV positive.
The Palestine National Council, the legislative body of the PLO, opened a four-day meeting in Algiers, during which delegates proclaimed an independent Palestinian state.
Abortion rights advocates rallied in cities across the country, including Washington, D.C.
Japanese Emperor Akihito formally assumed the Chrysanthemum Throne.
Actress Eve Arden died in Beverly Hills, California, at age 82.
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev stated he didn't believe U.S. warnings that a revolt was brewing before hard-liners staged their coup, but that he had discounted their information.
Robert Gates was sworn in as CIA director.
In his first formal post-election news conference, President-elect Clinton presented a detailed blueprint for action once he took office, and promised his administration would have the strictest ethical guidelines in history.
Singer Michael Jackson canceled a world tour, citing a dependence on painkillers.
Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago was accused by a former pre-seminary student of sexual abuse supposedly committed more than a decade earlier (the accuser, Steven J. Cook, later withdrew his charge).
Former Nixon White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman died in Santa Barbara, California, at age 67.
Olympic track-and-field gold medalist Wilma Rudolph died in Nashville, Tennessee, at age 54.
President Clinton arrived in the Philippines to open a campaign for free trade in Asia and to commemorate World War II Allied victories in the Pacific.
Israel's ruling Labor Party unanimously approved Shimon Peres as its new leader, replacing slain Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
The space shuttle Atlantis blasted off on a mission to dock with the Russian space station Mir.
A Saudi Boeing 747 jetliner collided shortly after takeoff from New Delhi, India, with a Kazak Ilyushin-76 cargo plane, killing 349 people.
Pontiac, Michigan, Jonathan Schmitz, a guest on "The Jenny Jones Show," was convicted of second-degree murder for shooting Scott Amedure, a gay man who'd revealed a crush on Schmitz during a taping of the program. (Schmitz was later sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison.)
Ramzi Yousef was convicted in New York of masterminding the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
Four US businessmen and a Pakistani were killed by gunmen in Karachi, Pakistan, apparently in retaliation for the murder conviction of Mir Aimal Kasi in the shooting deaths of two CIA employees.
Jury selection began in Sacramento, California, in the trial of accused Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski.
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley filed a $433 million lawsuit against the firearms industry, declaring that it had created a public nuisance by flooding the streets with weapons deliberately marketed to criminals.
President Clinton signed a sweeping measure knocking down Depression-era barriers and allowing banks, investment firms and insurance companies to sell each other's products.
An earthquake struck western Turkey, killing at least 834 people.
Paul McCartney to be "beamed up" in first live concert to be broadcast in space
Warning in Colombia about possible volcanic eruption
Fires at Baxter Immigration Detention Centre in South Australia
Pirates hijack Thai merchant ship off Somali coast
French journalist beaten in Tunis
Canadian Mike Mintenko retires from swimming
New Zealand students given credits for simple tasks
Palestinian Foreign Minister: No peace with Israel
Court orders ex-cricketer out of Bigg Boss
Queen Elizabeth II unveils New Zealand Memorial in London
King of Spain tells Hugo Chavez to 'shut up' during summit
Vanity Fair contributing editor Craig Unger on the Bush family feud, neoconservatives and the Christian right
Baseball World Cup: Highlights from Day 4 to Day 6
Study: kidney damage increasing, patients remain unaware
Oil spill near Black Sea as storm sinks three ships
Large fire on London 2012 Olympics site
Chunichi Dragons win the Konami Cup
25 divisions in Taiwan echoed "Taiwan Walking Day"
Russia rejects latest US proposal on missile defense
Judge known for jailing pirates shot dead in Bossaso, Somalia
Scientists find key human language gene
Three more scientists resign from UK ACMD drugs advisory council
At least ten soldiers killed in Pakistan clashes
At least twenty dead after landslides in Tanzania
Washington, D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammad executed by lethal injection
Man cleared of Belfast bomb attempt on retrial after eleven years
Scottish police force apologises for double-murder by sex offender