Death of St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland
Death of St. Edmund of Abingdon
Death of Henry III, King of England
Death of St. Gertrude of Helfta
Edward II, King of England, captured by his wife and Barons
Fall of the Inca Empire to Pizarro and the Spanish; Pizarro seizes Incan emperor Atahualpa
The Papal Chancery first adopted January 1st as the beginning of the calendar year. Previously, March was the first month, which explains why our modern names for the 9th and 12th months begin with prefixes meaning "7" (sept), "8" (oct) "9" (nov) and "10" (dec).
British troops captured Fort Washington during the American Revolution.
Beethoven wrote another one of his poignant letters about his deafness. In this one, to a friend named Wegeler, Beethoven said, quote, "I will wrestle fate; it shall never drag me down." At this point Beethoven still had eight of his nine symphonies ahead of him.
Napoleon Guerin of New York City patented the cork life preserver (a jacket containing 18 to 20 quarts of grated cork)
Union General William T. Sherman and his troops began their "March to the Sea" during the Civil War.
American composer W.C. (William Christopher) Handy, known as the "Father of the Blues" (St. Louis Blues) born
Dr. William G. Arlington Bonwill of Philadelphia, PA patented the dental mallet used to impact gold into cavities.
Canadian rebel Louis Riel was executed for high treason.
Broadway director and playwright George S. Kaufman (The Cocoanuts, A Night at the Opera, [w/Moss Hart]: The Man Who Came to Dinner, You Can't Take It with You) born
James McCosh dies. He was a Scottish-born theologian and educator. He was one of the first orthodox clergymen in the United States to accept and defend the theory of Evolution.
Actor Jim Jordan ( Fibber McGee and Molly) born
The Philadelphia Orchestra was launched.
Henry Fournier drove a mile in 51 4/5 seconds, becoming the first auto racer to drive more than a mile a minute in competition -- in Brooklyn, NY.
Jazz guitarist and band leader Eddie (Albert) Condon (promoter of Dixieland Jazz) born
Oklahoma became the 46th state admitted to the Union.
Conductor Arturo Toscanini made his debut in the United States. He appeared at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, conducting "Aida".
Actor Burgess Meredith (The Big Event Gloria, Mr. Novak, Search, The Day of the Locust, Rocky series, Advice and Consent, Grumpy Old Men, In Harm's Way, Of Mice and Men; author: So Far, So Good a Memoir) born
Golfer Gene Littler (U.S. Open winner 1961) born
Actor Royal Dano (Mr. Lincoln, Ghoulies 2, The Red Badge of Courage, Huckleberry Finn, The Right Stuff, Johnny Guitar, The Trouble with Harry) born
Football player Bob Watson born
Singer and sonwriter of folk songs Bob Gibson born
Blues musician Hubert Sumlin born
The Palace in New York City closed its doors. It was the most famous vaudeville theatre in America. Later, it became a movie house with live performances preceding the flicks; notable acts included: the team of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in their heyday and Abboty & Costello.
The United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations. President Roosevelt sent a telegram to Soviet leader Maxim Litvinov, expressing hope that US-Soviet relations would "forever remain normal and friendly."
The Rodgers and Hart musical, "Jumbo" opened in New York City, for a run of 233 performances.
Journalist Elizabeth Drew born
Actress Joanna Pettet (Best Sellers, Casino Royale, Double Exposure, Captains and the Kings, Knots Landing) born
Dancer Martine Van Hammel (American Ballet Theatre) born
Basketball player Jo Jo White (Boston Celtics playoffs) born
Actor Steve Railsback born
Actor David Leisure (Empty Nest) born
Six inches of snow fell on Tucson, Arizona, catching many by surprise
The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music" opened on Broadway.
Master champion 1987, golfer Larry Mize born
House Speaker Samuel T. Rayburn died in Bonham, Texas, having served as speaker since 1940 except for two terms.
Rock musician Mani (The Stone Roses) born
Tennis player Zina Garrison-Jackson born
Baseball player Dwight Gooden ("The Doctor" record for most strikeouts in a rookie season: Rookie of the Year born
Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard was acquitted in his second trial of charges he'd murdered his pregnant wife, Marilyn, in 1954.
Actress Lisa Bonet (The Cosby Show, A Different World, Angel Heart, Bank Robber) born
B-J Thomas's ``Hooked On A Feeling'' was released.
Actress Tammy Lauren ("Martial Law") born
Rhythm-and-blues singer Bryan Abrams (Color Me Badd) born
Actress Martha Plimpton (The Goonies, Parenthood, The Mosquito Coast) born
Anne Murray received a gold record for "Snowbird". She became the first Canadian recording artist to receive a gold record.
"Skylab Three," carrying a crew of three astronauts, was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on an 84-day mission.
President Nixon signed the Alaska Pipeline measure into law.
NBC-TV began a two-night showing of the award-winning motion picture, "The Godfather", starring Marlon Brando. The film represented the highest price ever paid for a movie shown on TV. NBC paid Paramount Pictures $10 million for the showing of the picture.
Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears rushed for 105 yards in a game against the San Francisco '49ers. It was Payton's first game of 100 plus yards. He did it over 50 times throughout his career and added two 200-yard games, as well.
Olympic gold medal figure skater Oksana Baiul born
Actor William Holden was found dead in his apartment in Santa Monica, California; he was 63.
An agreement was announced in the 57th day of a strike by National Football League players.
Actress Kimberly J. Brown born
The space shuttle Discovery returned to Earth with the first two satellites ever plucked from space.
Joan Baez sang for Polish labor leader Lech Walesa at his home in Gdansk. The two also discussed human rights.
Frank Sinatra left a Rancho Mirage, California, hospital one week after undergoing surgery for diverticulitis .
Gerber Products announced intentions to produce baby food in plastic jars, instead of glass - a first for the industry.
The first comic miniseries was presented, as "Fresno" poked fun at soap operas -- on CBS-TV.
The US Supreme Court upheld, eight-to-zero, the federal mail and wire fraud convictions of former "Wall Street Journal" reporter R. Foster Winans and two co-defendants in connection with an insider-trading scheme.
Estonia's parliament declared the Baltic republic "sovereign," but stopped short of complete independence.
Voters in Pakistan cast ballots in their first open election in more than a decade, resulting in victory for populist candidate Benazir Bhutto.
Six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her teenage daughter were shot to death at their residence in San Salvador, capital of the Central American nation of El Salvador. Scandal ensued when it became evident that the Salvadoran government, closely allied with Washington, included military officers capable of doing things like this if they suspected missionaries of aiding rebels.
Four of the so-called "Keating Five" went before the Senate Ethics Committee to deny any wrongdoing in helping failed savings-and-loan owner Charles H. Keating Jr.
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev told an angry Soviet legislature he would fire government and military officials blocking his reform plans.
Boris Yeltsin issued a series of decrees that effectively transferred control of his republic's economy from Soviet central government to the Russian Federation.
Former Democratic Gov. Edwin Edwards of Louisiana was overwhelming elected, defeating former Ku Klux Klan member David Duke.
House Democrats reported that Salvadoran Defense Minister Gen. Rene Ponce had planned the 1989 killings of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter.
The UN Security Council voted to authorize a naval blockade on the Danube River and the Adriatic coast to tighten economic sanctions on Yugoslavia.
A federal judge in Los Angeles refused to reconsider the Navy's appeal of an injunction that forced the service to reinstate sailor Keith Meinhold, the first openly homosexual person on active duty in the U.S. military.
President-elect Clinton and Democratic congressional leaders held a news conference in Little Rock, Arkansas, in which they pledged a "new era" of action.
The Senate voted, 69-to-30, to approve a measure designed to protect people who provide or seek abortions from physical attacks or intimidation by abortion opponents.
A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting California from implementing most provisions of Prop 187, the voter-approved measure that would deny most public services to illegal aliens.
President Clinton, ending a five-day trip to Asia, discussed human rights with Indonesian President Suharto.
The government reported consumer prices rose one-tenth of one percentage point in October.
President Clinton threatened anew to veto the latest Republican offer to end a three-day partial government shutdown.
Democrats savaged House Speaker Newt Gingrich for claiming Clinton had snubbed him recently aboard Air Force One.
U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno disclosed she had
China's most prominent pro-democracy campaigner, Wei Jingsheng, arrived in the United States after being released from a prison where he'd spent nearly 18 years.
House Democrats re-elected Dick Gephardt as their leader.
The Supreme Court ruled that union members can file discrimination lawsuits against employers even when labor contracts require arbitration.
13-year-old Nathaniel Abraham, among the youngest murder defendants in U.S. history, was convicted in Pontiac, Michigan, of second-degree murder for shooting a stranger outside a convenience store with a rifle when he was 11. (He was sentenced to juvenile detention; the decision on whether he will serve adult prison time was deferred.)
U.S. Producer Price Index shows inflation at bay
Farmers clash amidst high security at APEC summit in South Korea
Mass poultry vaccination planned by China
FDA ruling on emergency contraceptive pill questioned
Increased tension in border dispute between Eritrea and Ethiopia
US admits use of white phosphorus in Iraq
More from APEC: EU not backing down
Two Brampton residents announce 2010 Ontario mayoral intentions
Canada's west coast battles high winds
U.S. soldiers kill 9 suspected al-Qaeda members near Baghdad
Doctor: Hoodies are a health risk
Jolie finds playing slain journalist's wife challenging
Flag-lowering ceremony at Wagah border becomes more peaceful
Queen Elizabeth II to visit the United States
Joseph Kabila declared winner of Congo Presidential election
Economist Milton Friedman dies at 94
French inspection: North Korean ship has no illegal cargo
Proposal for Buffalo, N.Y. hotel reportedly dead: parcels for sale "by owner"
House Democrats name Pelosi speaker
Mobile homes exploded as tornado kills eight in North Carolina
Alleged Russian spy captured in Montreal, Canada
Britain's "Grey Train Robbery" solved
Singapore student is world's fastest text messenger
Former Wisconsin teacher's aide faces sex charges
Indonesian air industry signs safety deal ahead of EU ban review
Cyclone Sidr kills hundreds in Bangladesh
Massive 7.5 earthquake strikes Indonesia
White House considers sending Guantanamo Bay prisoners to Illinois
At least 32 dead after snowstorms in China
UK soldier shot dead in Afghanistan, number of military personnel killed in country increases to 233
Edward Woodward, English actor, dies aged 79
Non-industrial emissions key for meeting Kyoto targets in Europe
Iraqi government approves power-sharing deal eight months after elections
NASCAR: Edwards wins Kobalt Tools 500
At least 53 killed, over 90 injured in Shanghai apartment fire
Poll shows former U.S. Speaker Newt Gingrich as latest GOP presidential frontrunner
South Korean presidential candidate promises to legalise non-ActiveX technologies for banking